I am still away from my desk, but I have still managed to find a little time to devote to stamps.
The latest news from the kids on the block is "more Machin issues are planned for 2010 onwards." I have been informed "that we can get ready for another bout of mixed definitive / special issue stamp books over the coming year".
It is my guess we will see quite a few of these in the run up to the 2012 Olyimpics. The first 6 x 1st class which will retail at £2.34p will be issued on 7 Jan 2010 entitled Olympic & Paralympic Games.
It is expected that they will be printed by Walsall Security Printers and The Machins will be of the the security slit type. The hidden code in the background text (if retained) will be C, = ROYAL MCIL. According to a ealier report from Douglas Myall the background code (C ) stands for Custom.