🇬🇧 It really is too tiresome. The stamp issue from Royal Mail due for release on 16 October 2018 is to be yet another collection of items on the subject of .... drumroll ... Harry Potter. Ho hum.
There's a lot of things for the collector to spend her/his money on - a set of 10 stamps, a miniature sheet containing 5 different stamps, a retail booklet of 6 self-adhesive stamps (2 of the commemoratives and 4 x 1st Class Machin Head), a Prestige booklet costing £15.50p, a second 'Limited edition' Prestige booklet costing, er, £45 and a 'Commemorative sheetlet' containing all 10 stamps with attached labels which will be a snip at £7.70p. And there we have it. We hope that collectors feel that the news was worth waiting for. Rating:- 0.
The Postal Museum in London began to dispense old-style Machin Head 1st Class Post and Go stamps with the additional inscription 'The Postal Museum' from its A001 kiosk on 2 July 2018. These were temporarily replaced from 12 September 2018 by the same stamps with the additional inscription ''F' box 50' and an icon of a 'F' style post box to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of that type of postbox. Similar stamps were also dispensed on the 2nd Class value blue stamps. A001 also dispensed the Mail by Bike stamps with an additional 'The Postal Museum' inscription.
Meanwhile Royal Mail will release its Christmas set on 1 November 2018. It appears to be made up of 8 stamps which though attractive are rather clichéd depicting as they do Christmases in chocolate box country villages in well-to-do parts of southern England and post office workers and public alike gathering around their local post boxes either to post their Christmas cards or to collect them to take to their local sorting centres. Included in the products will be a 'Generic sheet' containing 6 of the stamps, the whole being sold for £17.50. Nevertheless, I do like this issue. Rating:- ***.