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Thursday, 27 December 2007

Royal Blunder

In the stamp collecting world, it has been common practice in the UK and some of the other countries in the Commonwealth, to not depict any identifiable living person on postage stamps, with the exception of British Royalty.

Australia first made a very deliberate decision to forego this restriction when it honoured Sir Donald Bradman as a "Living Legend" back in 1997.

In 2005 however, Royal Mail in England forgot all about this etiquette when it printed a stamp honouring England's Cricket Ashes victory. Several players in the squad ended up on one of two stamps, leaving Royal Mail red-faced. I wonder if all these players ought to be knighted to fix this blunder?

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