Four definitives released on January 5.
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All I can say is: WHY, WHY, WHY?
The thirty Olympic stamps are all first class, so what is the point in the two first class definitives? The Worldwide ones I can understand, lots of visitors sending their postcards home, but two definitives as well. Lets see, ah of course, another BIG ROYAL MAIL RIP OFF. Lets get some more money out of the suckers, sorry GB collectors. Am I the only one to think that the whole RM Olympic stamp output is complete and utter junk, cheaply produced to bring in the money. If this is the best British Design can come up with..................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah, somebody will say that RM is a business and I don't have to buy their stuff. Guess what, I won't!
Edited By Alex on 07/10/2011 15:58:59
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Alex, make sure you don't run into a prickly cactus when you go off like that!!
Although I would normally completely agree with you, and yes, I do think the 30 stamps issued so far are beyond cr%&^%^&p, I'm actually strangely pleased with the upcoming definitives (I won't even moan about there being no European rate!). If only these were the only stamps issued by RM! Not that I will use them, mind, for I don't believe in this olympic nonsense, but yes I will buy them and put them in my album. I actually like the simplicity of the design, just using the logo. It's to the point and it works for me. The idea of issuing a definitive rather than yet another commemorative which will hardly be used, if at all, is also appealing to me. This way, maximum exposure is guaranteed.
Looking at next year's stamp issues programme, I would even dare suggest it will be the best of the otherwise rather boring and predicatable lot! Although the other special definitive (the Diamond Jubilee) might be interesting too. I can't wait to see what they will come up with for that!
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I enjoy reading your articles on past and present European difinitives, so I can well understand your support of these. I just think its duplication, but if they are sold properly we should see them on real mail. I am, however, less enthusiastic about those logos. Yes, they are simplistic almost to the point of childish. That zero looks like a map of Australia to me! Personally, I always had a fondness for the Moscow 1980 logo. I think that the Olympic rings should have been more prominent, or maybe an image of Nike (though this may not have gone down too well with the sponsors, Adidas). Its all a tad too tasteless, too commercial for this ol' timer.
Regarding next year, I'm looking forwards to the Dinosaur set. Now that would have made a fun definitive issue.....
Edited By Alex on 08/10/2011 14:03:45
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Well, yes, the logo is horrific, I agree, but the promotion of the olympics through the means of the logo on definitives, which I believe will be available widespread so may be seen just as often as the first time the 1st class Machin turned gold, is a very good move by RM I think. Original and not as hopeless as yet another batch of sporty stamps.
Dinosaur defs.mmhh.. interesting!
Glad to see you like my European definitives stuff though! I enjoy doing them very much and one day, when I'm rich and grown up (either will do I suppose) I'll start collecting them all and frightfully specialised too!
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