🇬🇧 The postal service of British Antarctic Territory will issue 4 stamps during November 2018 to commemorate the construction of RRS Sir David Attenborough which was at one time at risk of being named 'Boaty MacBoatface' after a vote by the British public chose the name over all others. A little worried about preserving the dignity of the ship, the authorities overrode the public vote - just as the British self-perceived Elite would like to override the British public's vote on exiting the European Union - and instead named the ship after the world famous nonagenarian naturalist-broadcaster and national treasure, Sir David Attenborough.
Boaty, or The Sir David as we should call it, is shown in the set in various stages of construction or completion. The excellent issue was designed by photographs by Cammell Laird, Rolls Royce and The British Antarctic Survey and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5.
Rating:- how could I award Boaty anything less than *****?
Thanks to Juliet Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for information about this issue.
🇮🇳 India Post issued a miniature sheet containing 7 different circular stamps on 2 October 2018 to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who was the figurehead of the campaign which resulted in India independence. A significant issue. Rating:- ****.
🇹🇹 Another surcharge has appeared from the Trinidad And Tobago postal service - it is one of the values from the 2009 CHOGM issue with a revised $1 value. Rating:- ***.
Why is Gandhi's 150th birthday celebrated in 2018, when he was born in 1869?ReplyDelete
Thank you. I believe that this is the BEGINNING of the celebrations of his 150th anniversary commemoration. Perhaps there will be more stamps over the coming months.Delete
Would you like a hi-res image of the sheet to replace what you have here? Email meReplyDelete
Thanks Ian. Sorry Ian, I only just noticed your comment. As time has passed since you posted it I will not ask you to send a better scan as the Blog is now moving on to more recent issues. Thanks very much indeed for your offer. It is much appreciated.Delete
Best wishes, WK.
There are additional new overprints from Trinidad. but I'm not sure how many (around a half dozen). It was only recently that I finally got all the ones from the previous group. I also got in all the Malawi overprints that I learned about here - thanks for all your work.ReplyDelete
Hello eyeonwall, Thanks for your comments. It's extremely helpful to know that there are even more T and T surcharges to look out for - I will keep my eyes open to see what comes along. The good thing about all these surcharges is that they do become available from ordinary new Issue dealers at realistic new issue prices so, up to now at least, it has just been a question of waiting for the dealers to receive the items from T and T's philatelic agents.Delete
I'm pleased to read that you have also been able to keep up to date with the Malawi issues. Again, they haven't been too problematical so far. It's all very interesting isn't it?