Wednesday, 5 October 2022

2171. πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ New Zealand Celebrates Women’s Rugby


New issues.

πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ New Zealand Post -

5 October 2022 - New Zealand Black Ferns women’s rugby team - 1 miniature sheet containing 6 stamps with identical designs but different values (2x$1.70 and 1 each of $3, $3.80, $4.30 and $4.50. Designed by Dave Burke and digitally printed by Collections aand Solutions Centre Whanganhui.Rating:- **.

πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬ Singapore Post

8 October 2022 - Year of Celebrating Singapore Families - 4 stamps. Designed by Andy Koh and lithographed by Secura Singapore and perforated 13. Rating:- **.

πŸ‡―πŸ‡ͺ Jersey Post -

20 October 2022 - ‘Jersey’s black history’ - 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing all 6 stamps. Designed by Pola Maneli and lithographed by bpost. Rating:- ***.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡¬ Guernsey Post -

19 October 2022 - Heart of the Forest, part 4 - 1 stamp and 1 miniature sheet containing 4 stamps (the new issue and the 3 previous issues. Rating:- *.


The indispensable Norvic stamp blog draws our attention to the news that Royal Mail is no more - at least in name - but is now to be called International Distributions Services plc. There’s an old rule that if something is failing you should change its name. 

Tuesday, 4 October 2022

2170. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ IGPC Issues Queen Elizabeth Memorial And King Charles Succession Sheets.

New issues.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ IGPC (New York-based producer and vendor of philatelic items with contracts with some Commonwealth postal services) - 

In memory of Queen Elizabeth II -

Products with the names of the following countries printed on them - stated dates of issue all 8 September 2022 (the date of the Queen’s death - a remarkable achievement to have designed, printed and distributed to all the involved territories in the space of a few hours!).

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¬ Antigua and Barbuda -

1 miniature sheet containing 5 different stamps (illustrated above)

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡² The Gambia

1 miniature sheet containing 5 different stamps.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡© Grenada -

(No stated date of issue) - 2 miniature sheets, one containing 8 different stamps and the other 6 different stamps.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡Ύ Guyana  -

1 miniature sheet containing 4 different stamps.

πŸ‡°πŸ‡³ Nevis -

1 miniature sheet containing 5 different stamps.

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡¬ Papua New Guinea -

1 miniature sheet containing 6 different stamps.

πŸ‡»πŸ‡¨ St Vincent And The Grenadines -

1 miniature sheet containing 5 different stamps.

πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡» Tuvalu -

1 miniature sheet containing 4 different stamps.

Succession of King Charles III.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡² The Gambia -

10 October 2022 - 2 miniature sheets, 1 containing 5 different stamps and the other a single stamp.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡© Grenada -

17 October 2022 - 2 miniature sheets, 1 containing 4 different stamps and the other a single stamp.

πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡» Tuvalu

17 October 2022 - 2 miniature sheets, 1 containing 5 different stamps and the other a single stamp.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡² The Gambia -

30 September 2022 - Commemoration of the late Mikhail Gorbachev, last leader of The Soviet Union - 1 miniature sheet containing 9 different stamps.

2169. πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡¨ New Issues From Tristan Da Cunha Depict Cousteau And Birds.


New issues.

πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡¨ Tristan Da Cunha postal service - 

3 October 2022 - ‘The legacy of Jacques Cousteau’ (25th anniversary of the maritime explorer’s death) 4 stamps. Designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Production coordinated by Creative Direction. Rating:- *****.

Thanks to Angela Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for information about this and the following issue.

6 October 2022 - Vagrant species, third issue - 4 stamps. Designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Rating:- *****.

2168. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Royal Mail - More Trivial Products - ‘Aardman Classics’


New issues.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Royal Mail -

19 October 2022 - Aardman Classics - 8 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing 4 different stamps and 1 ‘Collectors sheet’ containing 8 different stamps and attached labels sold for £13.25.Designed by Studio Up and Royal Mail Group Ltd and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5 x 14. Rating:- 0.

  Although I previously postulated that this issue might be linked to the Centenary of the BBC this appears not to be the case. How can it be that Royal Mail is ignoring a philatelic commemoration of such national significance, indeed of global significance, as the centenary of the BBC when it finds it perfectly acceptable to issue large numbers of stamps and philatelic items to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the first appearance on television of Transformers? And why is this inconsequential ‘Aardman’ issue being released effectively on the actual date of the Centenary of the BBC. One assumes that the two important British businesses could not agree on cooperation on such an issue presumably for financial reasons. Royal Mail’s philatelic new issue programmes are now utterly bizarre.

  Meanwhile, of course, the BBC centenary was commemorated by the Isle Of Man Post Office issued on 19 May 2022 earlier this year by a set of 12 stamps.

πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡· Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus postal service -

29 September 2022 - Traditional housing - 2 stamps. Designed by GK Sonmezer and printed by Devlet Basmevi. Rating:- ****.

Saturday, 1 October 2022

2167. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ Ukraine Resists Russian Annexation Of Ukrainian Territories.


πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ The Russo-Ukrainian War.

30 September 2022 - President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation announced the annexation of four regions of the Republic of Ukraine - Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia - adding to the previously annexed Crimea - of which Russian forces are partially in illegal occupation following an invasion of Ukraine and illegal and cynical referendums in the various occupied territories. 

  The postal service of Ukraine has released several new issues since the Russian assault on the country, most recently a charming miniature sheet commemorating Patron, the patriotic terrier who sniffs out Russian mines, who is portrayed on a couple of the stamps in the sheet with a bit of comedy to them, carrying out actions such as fishing and playing a balalaika, as well as a more familiar canine pastime of cocking his leg up and micturating though in this case he is indulging himself by doing so contemptuously on a Russian missile. Great stuff!

  But the Russian invasion of Ukraine is no laughing matter with thousands of Ukrainians being injured, killed, terrorised and made homeless by the invading Russian aggressors. With the support of the Western Alliance and other sympathetic countries the valiant Ukrainians have had some spectacular military successes on the battlefields against the invaders and occupiers with tens of thousands of Russian soldiers being killed and in the face of these humiliating defeats the Russian leader has resorted to the annexation of the above territories and this new action brings fresh dangers with it. Now Putin can claim that the territories are an integral part of Russia and a Ukrainian attack on them would be an attack on Russian territory which would allow him to take even more brutal actions than he has so far.

  The United Kingdom government has been using an image on social media in response to the annexation of Ukraine’s territories which states that -








in the blue and yellow national colours of the Republic of Ukraine. 

  A number of European postal services have now issued stamps, including recently those of Spain and Portugal, to show support for the people and leaders of the Ukrainian state. Royal Mail is rarely interested in, or capable of, responding to contemporary important world events by noting them on new issue stamps - it’s far too interested in producing trash which it feels will appeal to niche non-collectors who live in fantasy worlds of American film and comic characters and wizards and elves - and no-one in succeeding British governments has recognised in recent years the propaganda opportunities new stamp issues provide and the influence they may have, with appropriate publicity surrounding their issue, to pressure Royal Mail to release stamps on such subjects. Hence, one expects, that the plight of Ukraine will not be noted or protested about or mourned by a release of British stamps any time soon.

  Those responsible for Royal Mail’s stamp issues seem amazingly slothful and unimaginative when it comes to responding to events. It is remarkable that the dynamic Royal Mint has already released designs for the new currency depicting King Charles III and said that they will be minted and available to the public before Christmas whereas those responsible for our stamps, seemingly not at all caught up in the moment at this time of a change of monarch, suggest that stamps bearing the new king’s portrait will turn up eventually.

  So let me offer a stamp, using the British government’s message on the Russian annexation of the Ukraine regions, to note Britain’s support for Ukraine’s resistance to Russian aggression and at the same time depict the new king on a (virtual and totally unusable) ‘British postage stamp’ -