🇬🇮 Royal Gibraltar Post Office will issue a set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 2 November 2019 as its Christmas commemoration. It’s a fact that so many thousands of Christmas stamps have been issued over the years that very few new Christmas stamps can add anything to the theme and most designs are bound to be dull and lacking in novelty. Such is the case with this Gibraltar issue which is quite acceptable but nothing to write home about. The theme is Christmas carols and the issue was designed by Stephen Perera (as usual) and lithographed by Cartor. Rating:- **.
🇬🇧 IAR Post And Go has revealed a sudden burst of activity of issuing new varieties of Royal Mail Post and Go stamps.
Kiosk A009 situated in the Shakespeare Trust gift shop in Stratford-upon-Avon will dispense new versions of its Post and Go stamps with an altered inscription on the strip of 6 ‘Heraldic Flowers’ stamps to read ‘Shakespeare 1564’ (the year of his birth) and an altered inscription on the ‘Machin Head’ stamp to read ‘Shakespeare 1616’ (the year of his death). The first date of these items will be 4 November 2019 and the new inscriptions will be used for 30 days.
New inscriptions will be used on stamps dispensed from kiosk A003 at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Concorde (Concorde 002 is an exhibit at the museum) so that the Union Jack stamp will be inscribed additionally ‘Concorde 50 Years’ and the Machin Head stamp will be similarly inscribed but also have an additional Concorde logo.
‘Poppy’ Post and Go stamps are being dispensed again from 4 military museums from 1 November 2019 with the additional inscription ‘Lest we forget’. The inscription is also applied to the Union Jack stamp. The kiosks involved are A002 (Royal Navy Museum, Portsmouth), A004 (Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport), A006 (Royal Navy Museum HMS Trincomalee, Hartlepool) and A007 (Royal Navy Museum of Naval Firepower, Portsmouth).
🇧🇩 The postal service of Bangladesh issued a single stamp on 31 October 2019 to commemorate Md Hanifuddin Miah (1929-2007) who was the first computer programmer in Bangladesh which I think is a notable claim to fame which makes him very worthy of being featured on one of that country’s postage stamps. I wonder who it is who could claim to have been the first computer programmer in Britain. Rating:- ****.