🇸🇬 Singapore Post has released details of its forthcoming issues up to the Chinese New Year issue (Year of the Tiger) which will be released on 7 January 2022 and includes 2 gummed stamps, a miniature sheet containing 2 tête beche pairs, a miniature sheet containing a single $10 stamp and a stamp to be dispensed from the SAM machine no. S796 in the General Post Office. There will also be a booklet of 10 of the 1st Local stamp in self-adhesive format. The issue was designed by Lim An-ling (stamps) and Andy Koh (‘Collectors sheet’) and the stamps were lithographed by Southern Colour Print while the Collectors sheet was lithographed with laser die-cut and gold hot stamping by Enschedé. The issue is perforated 14.5. Rating:- ***.
The remaining issues of 2021 are:-
1 December 2021 - 75th anniversary of the Singapore Prison Service - 4 stamps. Designed by Wong Wui Kong and lithographed by Secura and perforated 13. Rating:- ***.
7 December 2021 - 50th anniversary of the Central Narcotics Bureau - 3 stamps. Designed by Wong Wui Kong and lithographed by Secura and perforated 13. Rating:- ***.
15 November 2021 - ‘Celebrating Women’ - 1 stamp. Designed by Agnes Tan and Casey Ng (Singapore Fashion Runway) and lithographed by Secura and perforated 13. Rating:- **.
🇬🇧 With thousands of politicians and ‘experts’ doing what they tell us we should not do - travel long distances and by air in particular - all arriving in Glasgow to attend the international meeting known as COP 26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Royal Mail has stepped up to the plate to commemorate what we are told is an event of existential importance not by issuing a commemorative stamp (well, it has been rather busy commemorating Batman and Wonder Woman and their colleagues) but by producing one of its slogan postmarks. I have not even read anywhere that Royal Mail will paint a Glaswegian postbox to commemorate the event which is a means it uses sometimes as a commemorative stamp substitute.
To be fair to Royal Mail, looking back over other recent COP meetings which usually take place annually, I can not find a recent host country which has issued a stamp to commemorate its hosting of the conference. Still if it’s as important an event as the politicians and experts tell us then it is surprising that the British postal service has not recognised that this is one event that really is worth commemorating with a stamp issue.