Star Trek - November 13th 2020
XMAS 2020 - 3rd November 2020
Stained-glass celebrations of the uplifting Nativity story appear on eight Christmas 2020 stamps featuring scenes of the new-born infant Jesus and the Virgin Mary.
The images showcase the detail and craftsmanship of this highly specialised decorative art.
The set includes six standard portrait and two large landscape Special Stamps.
Second Class (and Second Class Large) St Andrew’s Church, East Lexham, Norfolk.
First Class (and First Class Large) St Andrew’s Church, Coln Rogers, Gloucestershire.
£1.45 Church of St James, Hollowell, Northamptonshire.
£1.70 All Saints’ Church, Otley, West Yorkshire.
£2.50 St Columba’s Church, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire.
£2.55 Christ Church, Coalville, Leicestershire.
Brilliant Bugs - 1st October 2020
The set includes three vertical se-tenant pairs of Special Stamps.
Two First Class, two £1.45 and two £1.70 stamps.
First Class Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum)
This relatively widespread bumblebee feeds on flowers such as the large blue pea.
First Class Painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui)
Thistles are a common source of nectar for these migratory butterflies in Britain.
£1.45 Longhorn beetle (Rutpela maculata)
This wasp-mimicking beetle is a common visitor of hawthorn flowers in summer.
£1.45 Elephant hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor)
Honeysuckle is a favoured source of nectar for this striking species.
£1.70 Marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus)
An important pollinator of crops like oilseed rape, it is also often seen in gardens.
£1.70 Ruby-tailed wasp (Chrysis ignita agg.)
The adult ruby-tailed wasp feeds on nectar from flowers such as angelica.
Rupert Bear - 3rd September 2020
Celebrating 100 years of Rupert Bear tales.
Sherlock - 18th August 2020
A collection of Sherlock Special Stamps featuring key characters from six of the most popular programmes across the hit TV series.
Hidden details relating to the episode are revealed in overlayed text and symbols when UV light* is shone over the stamps.
Use UV light* to reveal each stamp’s secret features.
Palaceof Westminster - 30th July 2020
Queen - 9th July 2020
Seven Seas of Rhye – Track 11
Killer Queen – Track 2
You’re My Best Friend – Track 4
We Will Rock You – Track 1
Another One Bites the Dust – Track 3
Bohemian Rhapsody – Track 1
I Want to Break Free – track 6
The Show Must Go On – track 12
Roman Britain - June 18th 2020
Coronation Street - May 28th 2020
End of the Second World War - May 8th 2020
Romantic Poets - 7th April 2020
Celebrating 250 Years Of Wordsworth And British Romantic Poetry
James Bond - 17th March 2020
Visions of the universe - 11th February 2020
Cat’s eye nebula – 2nd
Three thousand light-years away, the Cat's Eye Nebula, a dying star throws off shells of glowing gas.
Geysers on Encelades – 2nd
Saturn's moon Enceladus hides a water ocean beneath its icy crust, and it's one of the likeliest candidates to harbor life beyond our own planet. Over 100 geysers have been identified. Some of the water vapor falls back as "snow"; the rest escapes, and supplies most of the material making up Saturn's E ring. According to NASA scientists, the plumes are similar in composition to comets.
Pulsars – 1st
Pulsars are rotating neutron stars observed to have pulses of radiation at very regular intervals that typically range from milliseconds to seconds. Pulsars have very strong magnetic fields which funnel jets of particles out along the two magnetic poles. These accelerated particles produce very powerful beams of light
Black holes – 1st
A black hole is a region of spacetime exhibiting gravitational acceleration so strong that nothing—no particles or even electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from it.
Jupiter’s auroras - £1.55
For the first time ever, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has spotted electrons being fired down into Jupiter’s atmosphere at up to 400,000 volts. That’s an enormous amount of energy that gives rise to the planet’s glowing auroras. These incredibly high voltages, however, are only spotted occasionally — and that’s raising questions about what exactly is behind some of the planet’s most vivid glows at the poles.
Gravitational lensing - £1.55
As the light emitted by distant galaxies passes by massive objects in the universe, the gravitational pull from these objects can distort or bend the light. This is called gravitational lensing.
Strong gravitational lensing can actually result in such strongly bent light that multiple images of the light-emitting galaxy are formed.
Weak gravitational lensing results in galaxies appearing distorted, stretched or magnified. Although difficult to measure for an individual galaxy, galaxies clustered close together will exhibit similar lensing patterns.
Comet 67P - £1.60
The European Space Agency made history when a space probe successfully landed on the surface of a comet 500 million km away from Earth.
It is a mission which has been decades in the planning.
Here are some top facts about the probe which was sent to the surface and the comet itself.
- Travelled 6.4 billion km (four billion miles) to reach the comet
- Journey took 10 years
- Planning for the journey began 25 years ago
- Is more than four billion years old
- Has a mass of 10 billion tonnes
- Is hurtling through space at 18km/s (40,000mph)
- Is shaped like a rubber duck
Cygnus A galaxy - £1.60
Cygnus A is a large galaxy that sits in the middle of a cluster of galaxies about 760 million light years from Earth. A supermassive black hole at the center of Cygnus A is rapidly growing as it pulls material swirling around it into its gravitational grasp. During this process, some of this material is redirected away from the black hole in the form of narrow beams, or jets. Such jets can significantly affect how the galaxy and its surroundings evolve.
Video games - 21st January 2020
Elite | 1984 | BBC Micro and Acorn Electron Second Class
Dizzy | 1987 | ZX Spectrum £1.60
Populous | 1989 | Commodore Amiga £1.60
Lemmings | 1991 | Commodore Amiga First Class
Micro Machines | 1991 | Sega Mega Drive £1.55
Sensible Soccer | 1992 | Commodore Amiga First Class
Wipeout | 1995 | Sony Playstation £1.55
Worms | 1995 | Commodore Amiga Second Class