Monday, 23 May 2016

Her Majesty In Bloom

This is a flower display created by traders from New Covent Garden Flower Market designed by Veevers Carter. Carter clearly had a Machin in mind. The display is entitled The Queen in Bloom.

Taking centre stage for the Queens 90th birthday it takes pride of place at The 2016 Chelsea Flower Show.

The show runs from the 24th to the 28th May at the Royal Hospital Grounds in West London. Today (Monday) is reserved for Royal visitors and celebrities with the Queen, Prince Philip, Kate, Prince William and Prince Harry all planning to attend.  What will HM make of the Flower tribute?

I can almost imagine her her saying "Fist class"

Saturday, 21 May 2016

GB Stamp Bloggers

Of several emails that I receive collectors often ask me how do you get your information? How correct is it? And even better still. Can you give me more information on this?

To be honest - most of the information is already on the web you just have to look for it.

Now for the second question.

My information is not always correct, the same as sports writers who inform readers about current rumors of football transfers, sometimes we write about a topic where there is a lot of speculation. If I think it is true or plausible I will mention it.

Question three answers itself.

I spend a lot of time these days reading other peoples blogs that are mainly stamp related and GB stamp related in particular. I often mention Ian Billings and his blog Norvic. Ian is normally first with news on the GB stamp scene. He also reads other blogs and searches the web, like myself he often comes across news or snippets that make good reading and passes the news on to his followers.

I always take it Ian knows what he is talking about when it comes to Machins. The latest news from him is certainly worth repeating and concerns what could be the latest Machin developments and information about security backing paper.

He informs us that the paper used in the printing of booklets and sheets may be used so the print could be in any direction. Security print could also be used on alternate lines, or possibly pairs of lines where the text may be inverted. What does this mean for the average collector?  This will make several new variants for the collectors to look out for. Who was it that said collecting Machins was boring?

You can read Ians post by clicking here, he explains it in detail.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Prestige Stamp Book The Great War

On the 21st June 2016 royal Mail will issue the next prestige stamp book, entitled The Great War. The bad or good news (whichever way you look at it) for Machin collectors is, it will not contain a mixed Machin pane.

The mixed usual definitive pane will be made up of 4 x 1st class stamps from the four regions of the UK. England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland or if you prefer UK country stamps definitives ( or regionals).

Four 1st class poppy stamps and a central label will make up the rest of the pane.

Douglas Mayall reminds me these are not definitives.

Thanks Douglas for your e-mail.

"There are three flag stamps for three countries, only the Fields stamp for Northern Ireland is a definitive"