Thursday 30 June 2022

HorizonTrial Update: Business Minister comes to the House with pockets bulging.

Today is a day for, not so much celebration, as breathing a sigh of relief on behalf of the sub-postmasters (SPMs) involved in the Group Litigation trial which has contributed so much to this thread.

Readers will recall that the SPMs won hands-down on the first two stages but when PO Ltd offered them a settlement they had to take it because they could not be sure that their financial backers would put any more money towards stages 3 & 4 - even though progress at that stage suggested that all judgements would go the way of the claimants. There is nothing certain in the legal justice system.

The result was a payment of £57 million which, divided by 555 claimants would have been less than £103,000 each - although it wouldn't have been divided equally. However, the payments to the action funders reduced that £57m to about £11.5m, or less than £21,000 each on average.

Subsequently government and POL all said that was a full and final settlement, and set up a scheme to compensate more fully any SPMs who were not part of the scheme. Considerable publicity about the plight of these people has continued and POL appointed a new CEO. A public enquiry has been set up, the terms of reference for which were expanded to give it full legal status to require anybody and everybody involved to come and give evidence under oath. Also any documentation that was available was required to be provided; despite some prevarication, the enquiry chair was told that this would be done.

The new CEO told the government that POL couldn't afford to pay any compensation, so it would have to come from the government. Slowly, and with more pressure from MPs, the minister responsible, and the Prime Minister, both of who met some of the key SPMs who figure in this sorry business, the cracks in government intransigence appeared, and they agreed that the 555 would get full compensation. But that was last year - the litigation ended nearly three years ago. (corrected from 'two' - how time flies when you take your eye off the ball.)

Today Business Minister Paul Scully finally told the house that interim payments would be made and the sum of £19.5 million had been set aside for this. He stresses that this is only interim payments and more would be forthcoming. To assist in determining just how much each person/family will get, government is engaging Freeths, the lawyers who acted for the claimants in court, to provide data.

This again, is a major breakthrough because they and others had already done much of this work in establishing just how much compensation they wanted if they were successful in the trial: they had to know, so that the financial backers knew the enormity of the sums involved and so were happy to cough up a sum probably in excess of £40m.

This is the full statement from Hansard, the Parliamentay report: {If you don't have time to read it all, skip it and go to the edited video link below}

The House is well aware of the terrible impact felt by the many postmasters affected by the issues with the Post Office’s Horizon IT system that began over 20 years ago. Those distressing consequences have been widely documented in the courts—in the 2019 group litigation order judgments and in the more recent Court of Appeal judgments—as well as in the media. I have met postmasters personally to hear how their lives and the lives of their families have been affected by these events, and every time I am moved by the impact that these events have had on individual postmasters’ lives and their fight for justice over a number of years. I pay tribute to colleagues on both sides of the House for the way they have supported postmasters in their efforts to expose the truth and see justice done.

Today, I will update the House on the latest steps that the Government are taking to ensure that fair compensation is paid to people impacted by the scandal. As Members will know, members of the GLO group performed a great public service by bringing the case in 2019 that exposed the scandal. That is why I was pleased when the Chancellor announced in March this year that further funding is being made available, to ensure that those people receive similar levels of compensation to that available to their non-GLO peers. The Government intend to make an interim payment of compensation to eligible members of the GLO who are not already covered by other compensation support, totalling £19.5 million. Together with the share of the December 2019 settlement, which we understand was distributed to the GLO postmasters, that brings the total level of compensation to around £30 million. Postmasters will be contacted in the coming weeks to submit an application, and we aim to distribute funds within a few weeks of receiving that application. I hope that will go some way towards helping many postmasters who have faced and still are facing hardships.

In parallel, we are continuing to work at pace on delivering the final compensation scheme for the GLO. I confirm that we will be appointing Freeths to access the data and methodology that it developed in relation to the distribution of the 2019 settlement. Freeths represented the GLO claimants, and it has vital knowledge and expertise based on its involvement in the case. That will allow us to work at pace on the design of a scheme with the Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance, and Freeths, to give those in the GLO similar compensation to their non-GLO peers. As promised in March, we will informally consult with members of the GLO about the proposed scheme’s operation. I am also pleased to announce that members of the GLO group will be able to claim reasonable legal fees as part of participating in the compensation scheme. I hope that will allay any concerns they might have about meeting the costs of seeking legal advice and support when applying to the scheme.

Turning to progress on compensation for overturned criminal convictions, I am pleased to report that interim payments are progressing well. As of 29 June, there have been 75 overturned convictions, with the most recent being overturned in recent weeks. The Post Office has received 74 applications for interim payments, including several new applications recently. Sixty-seven offers have been accepted by and paid out to claimants, totalling nearly £7 million. That marks significant progress, with 10 additional interim payments made to postmasters since I updated the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on 11 January 2022. I am pleased that those interim payments have helped to deliver an early down payment on the compensation due to affected postmasters, in advance of full and final compensation packages being agreed.

For those postmasters with an overturned conviction who have already submitted quantified claims, we are working with the Post Office to agree, wherever possible, part payments of agreed elements of claims, such as loss of earnings, and we will continue to do so with additional claims when they are submitted. That step should enable us to avoid undue delays, by awarding partial compensation while outstanding matters are resolved.

One area where it has been challenging to agree compensation is non-pecuniary damages, some of which reflect the wider impact on postmasters’ lives that the wrongful convictions have had. That includes compensation for their loss of liberty, or impacts on their mental health. A number of postmasters have agreed to refer this issue to the process of early neutral evaluation, to be conducted by former Supreme Court judge Lord Dyson. It is hoped that that evaluation will facilitate the resolution of those issues. The Government stand ready to support the delivery of the early neutral evaluation process, and are keen to ensure that the outcomes of the process enable swift compensation.

I urge all postmasters with a Horizon-related conviction to continue to come forward to seek to have them overturned. Indeed, postmasters are being contacted individually by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and other relevant bodies, to encourage them to do so.

In addition to progress on compensation for those with overturned criminal convictions, good progress has been made on delivering compensation for those in the historical shortfall scheme. As of 23 June, 65% of eligible claimants have now received an offer, meaning that £29 million has now been offered, and 444 further postmasters have been offered compensation since my last update to the House. I thank the independent panels for their diligent work in progressing those cases.

As I have said previously, I have set the Post Office the ambition to make 100% of HSS offers by the end of the calendar year, and the Government are working closely with the Post Office to achieve that. It is important, however, that in addition to providing compensation, we learn lessons so that something similar can never happen again. That is why the Government set up the Post Office Horizon IT inquiry and put it on a statutory footing, to ensure that it has all the powers it needs to investigate what happened, establish the facts, and make recommendations for the future. We are co-operating fully with the inquiry to ensure that the facts of what happened are established and lessons are learned, and I commend this statement to the House.

After that statement there were a number of questions from members, and a telling point was when Lucy Allan said 

I remain deeply concerned about the role of Fujitsu, UK Government Investments and all those who sent Ministers to this House, even after the Justice Fraser judgment, to say, 'Nothing to see here.'

That was wrong. I know that Sir Wyn Williams is investigating, as the Minister has rightly said, but will my hon. Friend personally commit to ensuring that those individuals are held to account?

Scully replied:

Having set up the statutory inquiry, what I cannot do at this Dispatch Box, at this moment in time, is direct Sir Wyn towards any particular area of findings. That is for him to do and I want him to remain an independent chair. But we absolutely want to make sure that lessons are learned and that people are genuinely held accountable.

Reading it is one thing; to see the emphasis that he put on his personal intention to ensure that some people are going to be dealt with as we would all want them to be, see video here.


He's not so much throwing people under the bus, but driving the bus that is taking them to not only the Public Enquiry, but to subsequent court appearances for perjury, and malicious prosection.  Hold very tight please, next stop...

Monday 27 June 2022

Updated Norvic Checklist of Security Machins

As Stanley Gibbons have changed some of the catalogue numbers for the barcoded Machins, and because of errors in the previous edition (highlighted by keen-eyed readers, thank you!) a new list Checklist has now been made available for download.

It's at the usual link in the right-hand navigational panel (web-view), or from here.

UPDATE. As usual eagle-eyed readers have pointed out errors/omissions as follows:

page 6: U4500 ==> V4500
page 10: V45067 ==> V4507
page 33: MB18a? ==> MB18 (the 2018 printing)
page 36: VV4528 ==> V4516

The definitive pane from the Unseen Heroes PSB has been allocated number V4750a. Readers will recall that a few years ago Gibbons changed the sub-numbers for PSB definitive panes from a, b, c etc to l, m, n. Expect this one to change when they realise their mistake.

Catalogue Reviews

Now that the Gibbons Concise catalogue has arrived, it is time to review that and the latest edition of the Burgess Complete Machin Catalogue.

The cover price of Stanley Gibbons' Great Britain Concise 2022 edition has increased by £2 to £39.95. It has 14 pages more than last year’s, with 12 pages devoted to the additions from Royal Mail’s special stamp programme, and the others covering the datamatrix Machins.

On the latter, the catalogue editors, despite leaving some spaces in the numbers they allocated in GSM to the Stamps issued in April, have already decided to change some.  For some reason the editors no longer take the trouble to help dealers and collectors by highlighting those changes in the Preface, although there is plenty of space to do so. 

One thing editor Vince Cordell does start to address in the Preface is the impact of Royal Mail’s invalidation of certain stamps on catalogue values.  He writes:

“The more difficult issues can only remain sought after, the more common issues whose prices have been propped up by their face values will undoubtedly need some future adjustment.”

This is an important confirmation of something I have thought about for some time.  

From my recent experience of sorting QE2 stamp booklets it is clear that the booklet section could be improved. Eliminating inconsistencies in the listing of changes to covers and contents would mean additional numbers and might mean changing some, but this is not without precedent.

They could also make it easier to identify the contents without constantly having to flick back to the relevant pages in the main listing by providing more illustrations. This is especially true of the Q (Greetings) booklets where not all the panes are even illustrated.

Indeed Gibbons could provide actual illustrations of all the booklet panes instead of the diagrams they use in the Machin section. Whilst these do convey a lot of information, it is surely easier for readers to identify a pane quickly if it is in full colour, rather than black and blue as at present. The phosphor bands could still be added in yellow.

When the internet first attracted hobbyists most of us were still using dial-up connections with low download speeds, and web authors generally provided a lot of text and small, if any, illustrations. Remember, at this time it was possible to set your web browser to load pages without illustrations, such was the saving in cost!  

To some extent I suspect Gibbons are still in this mindset, but in print.  Whilst providing all the essential textual information and illustrations of all the stamps in a set (once at least), other useful illustrations are not considered.

This is where Gary Burgess’s Complete Machin Stamp Catalogue has some advantage. Starting in the 21st century when the whole attitude to information sharing has changed - and printing costs, especially in full colour, are relatively cheap - this catalogue has full colour illustrations of many booklet panes as well as covers. Indeed the 2022 edition now includes all PSB panes not just those with mixed values.  

(Just to clarify, the Burgess catalogue does not picture the Greetings booklet contents either, but then it is a Machin catalogue.)  

Correction: I edited that sentence into my draft from memory: Gary reminds me that the contents of the booklets ARE illustrated in his catalogue - something I suggested to Hugh Jefferies for the Concise some years ago.

This opus is devoted principally to Machins rather than the whole of Great Britain since 1840, and so it’s 320+ A4 pages weight much the same as the Concise, but there is much more ‘white space’ making it easier to read.  

I also like the classification of Post & Go stamp types as A, B, C, D, E, rather than Gibbons’ (John Deering’s) I, II, IIA, III, IIIA, which is more difficult to read in the listings with the sans-serif typeface.

New for this edition are sections on the Open Value P&G labels from self- service kiosks in PO branches, which don’t get anywhere near as much attention from most collectors as the stamps churned out from Royal Mail’s museum machines. Their variety and in some cases scarcity makes the recording of them here all the more important.

Likewise Horizon labels which, whilst not collected as widely even as Post & Go, are an important part of postal history whether collected singly or on cover/piece so another new section in the catalogue is devoted to them. This should certainly assist those collectors who have squirreled away examples and now need to sort them out.

Paradoxically I know some collectors who are trying to obtain any label from every branch, a task magnified by closures, reopening and outreaches. Sensibly those details are not included in this catalogue!

The Complete Machin Stamp Catalogue costs £32.99 softback, and £19.99 as a pdf, plus postage.  It's also available from several stamp dealers who visit fairs.

Nobody should be without the Concise.  But users who want more help in identifying their definitives, without going to the Deegam level of complexity and numbering idiosyncrasies, should get the Burgess catalogue as well.

PRIDE - 1 July 2022, eight stamps and a collector sheet (and other stuff!)

A very colourful set of eight stamps will be issued by Royal Mail on Friday 1 July 2022 marking the the 50th anniversary of the first Pride rally in London in 1972.

But it is not just about the rally it is acknowledgement by Royal Mail, some time after many other countries, of the significant proportion of the population who identify as one of the LGBTQ+ community.

Royal Mail celebrates the march that took place from Trafalgar Square to Hyde Park, and of which was the first to bear the name ‘Gay Pride Rally’. The march was inspired by events in the USA, where the first Pride events had taken place to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

The stamps have been illustrated by the British artist, Sofie Birkin. Using her work to promote the gay agenda wherever possible, her illustrations have featured in campaigns for brands such as Nike and Apple.

Beginning in 1972, the stamps tell a story of Pride over time; beginning with the first ‘Gay Pride rally’, where participants shouted slogans such as ‘Glad to be gay’, to the more recent update on the traditional rainbow flag; its design encompassing the flags of trans and intersex people, while also referencing the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people of colour.

Pair of 1st class PRIDE stamps issued 1 July 2022.

Pair of 1st class PRIDE stamps issued 1 July 2022.

Pair of £1.85 class PRIDE stamps issued 1 July 2022.

Pair of £1.85 class PRIDE stamps issued 1 July 2022

Technical details

Designed by NB Studio (Sofie Birkin) © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2022 the 50 x 30 mm stamps are printed in se-tenant pairs in sheets of 60 by Cartor Security Printers using lithography.  Perforations are 14 x 14 and they have conventional gum.

Collector sheet

The collector sheet has the eight stamps alongside 8 stickers celebrating different flags of the Pride community:
Lesbian Pride, Transgender Pride, Bisexual Pride, Pansexual Pride, Non-binary Pride, Intersex Pride, Asexual Pride and Intersex Progress Pride

No technical details are available at the time of writing, but I suspect this may be self-adhesive, thus making 8 more stamps for collectors.  

UPDATE: Confirmed by Royal Mail that the sheet is

Sheet size: 297mm x 210mm

Gum type: Self-adhesive

The price is £12.40, £1.20 more than the face value of the stamps.  The sheet will be in Stanley Gibbons catalogue but not the individual stamps, although there is likely to be space for these in some preprinted albums.

Other products

First day cover, presentation pack, stamp cards, framed set, framed enlargement of the first 1st class (Kiss) stamp, coin cover and extra long first day cover (click on images for larger, but not necessarily life-size, view).

PRIDE set coin cover, with 50p coin

The 50p coin embodies both the Pride rainbow and Progress flags, alongside the core Pride in London values of unity, equality and visibility. The word protest was included by the artist, Dom Holmes, to reflect the ethos and drive for change that is behind the movement. Dom Holmes, a London-based artist and prominent activist for the LGBTQ+ community, designed the reverse of the coin.  (Three coin versions available.)

A special-edition stamp souvenir celebrating the Pride Progress flag; an update on the traditional rainbow flag of Pride, which was introduced in 2021. Its existence represents the story of Pride over the past five decades: the movement has continuously adapted to make space for an evergrowing community, embracing the multiplicity of identities that fall under the LGBTQ+ banner.
• Comes with an information card which gives a brief overview of the Pride movement
• Includes all 8 stamps aligned to create one, unified image, symbolic of Pride’s core values and
cancelled with the alternative First Day of Issue London postmark.
• This extra long souvenir envelope is 430mm.
• Edition limit of 1,000 only -
Price £15.99 order code AW219

Having been caught unawares by Royal Mail's early release of information about the Cats issue I was tempted to prepare a blog post for publication last week while I was on holiday.  But I have been caught by delayed publicity campaigns in the past so decided against it.  My thanks to those who commented on other blog posts about the issue.

The press comment so far has been very positive. 

They're a long way from the plain old Penny Black issued more than 180 years ago.  These latest vibrant designs show the Royal Mail has changed a lot since 1840 – with what may be its most inclusive stamps ever.  (Daily Mail)

Sunday 19 June 2022

We are taking another break, from 20-27 June. 

The e-commerce site will stay open and orders will be dealt with quickly on our return.  

Thank you for orders from the Booklets list. Some sections are sold out, for others we still have good stocks, at bargain prices.

Regional Machins will overtake booklet panes that I suggested would be in the next list.  I was hoping to have produced that by now but family matters have been something of a distraction.

Meanwhile the 2022 edition of SG's GB Concise catalogue has been published and they have already changed some numbers for the datamatrix stamps (V-numbers), so I have to examine these carefully and update the Norvic Machin Checklist.  

I'll be doing a write-up of that, and the new edition of the Complete Machin Stamp Catalogue.  

Please do not phone and leave messages until 28 June.  Thank you.

Friday 17 June 2022

Old Machins now off sale

A reminder to everyone, as I have just been reminded the hard way myself, that all old-style Machins are now off sale from Tallents House - although there are reports that many PO branches are still selling them.

Tuesday 14 June 2022

Booklet list updated - version 4.

A revised (version 4) list of earlier booklet stock has been added for download here.

This includes some new stock and amendments to the earlier list.

Please take a look in case you need any for collections - there is a good range of cylinder numbers, in some cases more than one for a specific booklet.

Thursday 9 June 2022

Updated 2022 Stamp Issue programme from Royal Mail

My thanks to John H who commented on the annual programme post that a revised list is now on Royal Mail's website.

Royal Mail stamp issues 2022, updated in June; still not complete


This confirms what many of us have known for a long time, namely that the 1 September issue is entitled Transformers.  As John writes: "I bet it doesn't mean people who have transformed our lives in some way.

The other issue confirmed now is for Pride.  Why Royal Mail couldn't issue this striking set of stamps (yes, I already have them) in PRIDE MONTH instead of after it finishes, is anybody's guess.  It would have been easy to switch with the non-event-related Cats issue, after all, especially as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride event in the UK.  

This year the Pride in London parade will be held on Saturday 2nd July 2022 and I suspect Royal Mail may well be giving out specially overprinted Stamp Cards suggesting people should also buy the stamps *.

I can't show you the UK stamps yet, but here are a few which less conservative issue policies have produced in previous years.

What is said to be the first stamp issued with an explicit LGBTQ-related theme was issued on 3 July 2010.  It celebrates fifteen years of the Rainbow Parade held annually on the Vienna Ring Road at the end of the annual Vienna Pride festival, organized by the Homosexual Initiative Vienna (HOSI Wien). 

2010 Austria stamp making 15 years of the Rainbow Parade in Vienna.

In 2016 both Sweden and Netherlands issued Pride related stamps, Sweden's showing the Pride flag and Netherlands making EuroPride 2016 in Amsterdam.

Sweden inland letter stamp showing Pride flag, 2016.

Netherlands pair of inland stamps marking EuroPride 2016.

In 2017 Denmark issued a pair of 8kr stamps showing Pride Hearts.

Pair of Denmark 8kr stamps showing Pride Hearts, 017.

In 2020 Spain issued a single 1€ stamp to commemorate International LGBTQIA Pride Day and as a tribute to the victims of the 1971 Torremolinos Police Repression against gay-friendly clubs during the Franco era.

Spanish 1€ stamp 2020 marking International LGBTQIA Pride Day and the victims of the 1971 Torremolinos Police Repression

If you have an interest in this subject a long thread on Stampboards discussion forum is entitled LGBTQ History and Culture in Philately and on Stamps Discussion.  The thread is indeed wide-ranging and shows many stamps depicting "well known, openly gay / bisexual people".  Among those from the UK (or depicted on British stamps) are Elton John, Alan Turing, Virginia Woolf, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Alexander the Great, Sir John Gielgud, Miriam Margolyes, Benjamin Britain, Vita Sackville-West, Arthur C Clarke, Nicola Adams, David Hockney - the list goes on.  

A scroll through the six pages of illustrated discussion will show many British stamps and others depicting members of the British Royal Family - not for themselves, but for the fashion designers, photographers etc, with whom they are associated.  This would make an interesting sideline collection.

Although Royal Mail have painted postboxes and post vans in Pride colours and supported London's Pride Parade they are way behind when it comes to issuing Pride stamps, as the discussion shows.

* If you get, see, or hear of these, please do let me know with pictures.

Tuesday 7 June 2022

June 2022 slogan postmarks and other interesting postal markings.

As was expected, and predicted the PLATINUM JUBILEE slogan which started on 28 May has continued into June.

Her Majesty's
Platinum Jubilee
70 Years of Service
Thank you ma'am

This example was on a letter we received today, from Greenford/Windsor Mail Centre 06/06/2022.

Platinum Jubilee slogan postmark used at Greenford/Windsor Mail Centre 06/06/2022

UPDATE 10 June: Royal Mail has marked the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the Fakland Islands with the latest slogan postmark.

40th Anniversary
Liberation of the
Falkland Islands
14 June 2022

Here is an example which arrived here this morning from Greenford/Windsor Mail Centre 08/06/2022 and we also have the same format sent by JE (Preston 09/06/2022) and LT (Sheffield 08/06/22).

Liberation of the Falklands 40th anniversary slogan postmark Greenford/Windsor Mail Centre 08/06/22

Liberation of the Falklands 40th anniversary slogan postmark Lancashire and South Lakes Mail Centre 09/06/22

Liberation of the Falklands 40th anniversary slogan postmark Sheffield Mail Centre 08/06/22

UPDATE: My thanks to JE for the 'other' format from the iLSM machine at Mount Pleasant Mail Centre on 10-06-2022 on a Mail Rail Platinum Jubilee Post and Go stamp.

Liberation of the Falklands 40th anniversary slogan postmark Mount Pleasant Mail Centre 10-06-2022

UPDATE 16 June:  The latest slogan arrived here today from Edinburgh, and I was sent one by RW from Tyneside Mail Centre.  It's the latest in Royal Mail's tie-up with the Greetings card industry.

Don't forget
Father's Day
Sunday 19 June

Don't forget Father's Day slogan postmark Tyneside NE/SR Mail Centre 15/06/2022

Don't forget Father's Day slogan postmark Edinburgh Mail Centre 15-06-2022

UPDATE 26 JUNE: Ahead of the Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham from 28 July - 8 August a new slogan postmark has been introduced at IMP and iLSM mail centres.  


11 days of world class sport
28 July - 8 August

My thanks to JH, RW, PD & CH for sending examples and to my Greenford correspondent who sent a letter which also received this slogan.  The spacing on the Glasgow example seems unusually wide. 

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games slogan postmark Glasgow Mail Centre 20-06-2022

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games slogan postmark Greenford/Windsor Mail Centre 21/06/2022

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games slogan postmark North West Midlands (Mail Centre) 20/06/2022

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games slogan postmark Southampton Portsmouth & IOW (Mail Centre) 23/06/2022

The stamps for this event will be issued on the opening day, and I had thought that there would be a PRIDE slogan to mark Royal Mail's participation in the Pride March or at least their support for Pride month - this was last year's slogan:

Pride Month 2021 slogan postmark.

So whereas we are likely to be able to use the Games slogan on first day covers, that may not be the case with the Pride stamps to be issued on 1 July.


This is the place where all news about June postmarks - provided by readers or discovered by us - will be posted.  Please check back and refresh the page before sending anything which may have already been sent since you last looked: this will save you time scanning and writing.  Variants on postmarks already shown are welcome.

Friday 3 June 2022

Platinum Jubilee Post and Go news.

To mark the Platinum Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II's accession, Royal Mail's Museum machines will dispense stamps with a new inscription from 3 June to 1 July. 

Images of The Postal Museum (TPM) output are shown on the post for 2022 news (see January lists).

Both the TPM press release and the Intelligent AR website indicate that all the other museum machines will also carry this inscription, although we have no news of the others.

"The overprint will be available on Royal Mail Post & Go kiosks Machin reel from Fri 3rd June 2022 – Fri 1st July 2022.

Overprint reads: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Kiosks: A002, A003, A004, A006, A007, A009, A010."

UPDATE: Commonwealth Stamps Opinion reports that IAR get it wrong once again at the Shakespeare machine A009 and shows a Machin stamp with the new inscription superimposed on their logo.