🇬🇧 An update on an internet site where Stamp Collecting Magazine had introduced a petition calling on Royal Mail to issue a stamp to commemorate the late Captain Sir Thomas Moore now reveals that the British postal service has no intention of issuing a stamp to commemorate his life and achievement. The centenarian by his own efforts raised £33 million for Health Service charities and in doing so raised the nation’s morale during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a short time he became a national icon and a national treasure but Royal Mail has pronounced that its ‘Special stamps programme’ has been ‘finalised for this year’ and it seems it has no flexibility to release an additional stamp to commemorate the hero of so many in Britain and abroad. It did of course last year release numerous stamps to commemorate an American television science fiction programme and will shortly issue a large set of stamps to commemorate a fictional family of Cockney conmen.
It is sad that Royal Mail is incapable of more flexibility in its stamp new issue programme but this has long been the case. The subjects it features on its philatelic products frequently confirm that those who control Royal Mail new issues “know the price of everything and the value of nothing”. Perhaps Royal Mail should plan another British television series commemorative set, this time for the old Channel 4 series, Shameless.
🇺🇸 IGPC has released a miniature sheet containing 4 different stamps with a stated date of issue of 14 January 2021 with the name of Guyana printed on the stamps to commemorate the Lunar new year, Year of the Ox. This may be regarded as the first issue of 2021 for Guyana and for that reason I illustrate it below. Rating:- 0.