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Royal Mail is launching a drive to recruit 18,000 temporary workers to help handle its Christmas mailbag of around two billion items

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Temporary positions across a variety of shifts will be available between mid November and early January 2012. The peak of the additional temporary work will be in December. The seasonal positions will support Royal Mail’s permanent 130,000 postmen and women who sort and deliver the mail all year round, including Christmas which is the busiest time of the year for the postal service.

Helping to sort the post
Around 18,000 people are needed to work in mail and distribution centres across the UK. The recruits will help to sort Christmas cards and packets before they go to around 1,400 delivery offices for postmen and women to take out on their rounds.

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published October 14th, 2011

Milan Champion of Italy stamp issue from San Marino Post

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Rating: 3.7/5

This is the first team in the world in terms of the number of International titles won, but from the 2003-2004 football season the national victory was missing, and so Shield number 18, won on the field very early on with respect to the end of the championship, acquires an even more special meaning. A victory born from conviction, tenacity and the abnegation of a solid compact group. On the stamp the fans’ tribute to the San Siro stadium “lit” by the home colours.

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published October 13th, 2011

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Commemorative Envelope

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Rating: 3.8/5

Established in 1860, as the Art Association of Montreal, this organization was founded by the city’s art enthusiasts and collectors, and continued to expand over the years, eventually leading to the creation of a museum on Sherbrooke Street West. One hundred and fifty years and six expansions later, thanks to the support of generations of donors, and loyal members, plus government, corporate and private foundation funding, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is one of the finest in Canada. Its collections and curatorial excellence are respected around the world, and the museum is visited by more than 600,000 people annually.  (read more)

published October 13th, 2011

A flower for Christmas

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“I frequently recur to nature”, says Helene Schmitz, the photographer behind this year’s Aland Christmas stamp depicting a hyacinth. She is universally recognized for her close-up pictures of flowers. At the moment, however, other motifs seem more tempting to her. Helene has worked with a great variety of projects and had exhibitions around the world. Her first publication, “Blow up”, presenting portraits of very large scale flowers, appeared in 2003. In 2007, her book “A Passion for Systems” appeared with beautiful close-up shots of flowers, a publication for which she was awarded nature photographer of the year by Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.  (read more)

published October 12th, 2011

Australia Post results show business stabilised but challenges still ahead

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Australia Post today announced that following the launch of its business renewal program Future Ready last year, it has achieved the objective of stabilising the business with a pre-tax profit of $332.3 million, up from $253 million (before restructuring provisions) in 2009-10.

Australia Post Chairman, David Mortimer, said the result was impressive at a time when many other postal services around the world faced precarious financial positions and were implementing significant service cuts. 

“This profit result is particularly encouraging given letter volumes for our reserved service fell by more than 3 per cent for the fourth year in a row, resulting in a loss of $91.3 million for the reserved service mail business,” said Mr Mortimer.

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published October 12th, 2011

Madeira Island Quintas Stamps

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Rating: 4.2/5

The Quintas da Madeira, witness to centuries past, keep the story of who gave them life and name. Aristocratic families found themselves in Madeira where the dream of shaping a life. These infrastructures show us a way of life rooted in the feudal system of past centuries and kept alive the memories of the heyday of the route and Sugar Madeira Wine. Each farm has a story to tell, the interiors of the houses are fragments of a life and beauty of the gardens conceal a greater or lesser variety of endemic flora of the region. 

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published October 11th, 2011

Centenary of the birth of Brian O’ Nolan “Flann O’Brien” Stamp Issue

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On October 6 An Post issued a stamp to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Brian O’Nolan, also known as Flann O’Brien and Myles na gCopaleen, one of the great Irish humorous and satirical writers of the 20th century.

Brian was born in Strabane, Co Tyrone. When he was young his family moved to Dublin and he was educated at University College Dublin. There he discovered his gift for humorous writing, but the early death of his father meant that he had 10 siblings to support, so he took a job with the civil service. He worked for his entire civil service career at the Department of Local Government, where he rose to a senior position in charge of town planning.  (read more)

published October 10th, 2011

Top Gear Stamps

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Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present this set of six stamps featuring a selection of the most bizarre and ingenious automotive challenges featured on the most popular motoring programme on British television. 

This collection of lavishly tooled stamps commemorates some of the bravest and most innovative transport solutions created by Clarkson, Hammond and May in the course of Top Gear’s most fiendish challenges. OK, so most of these cars didn’t actually work very well. Some of them caught fire or sank, occasionally simultaneously. At least one was responsible for the death of a bright green humanoid test driver. But they all demonstrate the very things that make Britain the finest nation on Earth: inventiveness, hard work and a healthy disregard for maths or accurate measurement. Affix them to your tax returns with pride!   (read more)

published October 9th, 2011

Scenes from the nativity featured on Royal Mail 2011 Christmas Stamps

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This year’s Royal Mail Christmas stamps, issued on 8 November, feature scenes inspired by the Nativity.  The Madonna and Child appear on the 1st Class stamp and Joseph being visited by the Angel on the 2nd Class stamp.

The stamps are set to be appear on millions of cards and letters sharing Christmas greetings between friends and family in the UK and overseas. In fact Royal Mail’s festive mailbag is expected to be bulging with around two billion items. On its busiest days, around 130 million items will enter Royal Mail’s delivery network – more than double the average daily number.  (read more)

published October 9th, 2011

2011 AFL Grand Final and NRL Premiership winners celebrated by Australia Post

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To celebrate Geelong’s triumphant win over Collingwood in the AFL Grand Final and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles’ victory over the New Zealand Warriors in Sunday’s NRL Premiership, Australia Post is releasing two Souvenir Stamp Sheets each featuring the victorious team.

From October 2011, AFL fans and collectors will have the opportunity to purchase their own piece of premiership history at participating Australia Post retail outlets around the country.

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published October 8th, 2011

Theatre in Portugal II Stamp Issue

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Rating: 4.3/5

Garrett represents the introduction of romanticism in Portuguese theatre, but more than that, he indisputably opened the gates to the whole structure of stage and dramaturgy modernization through his writing but also through the institutions for the promotion of theatre and theatrical activities which he created, in an adequately articulated perspective as regards functionality and complementarity: The Teatro Nacional (the company and later also the building), the Conservatório de Arte Dramática, dramaturgy contests, the Inspecção Geral de Teatros e Espectáculos, copyrights and even a subsidy system.  (read more)

published October 8th, 2011