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Ten wonderful years - with holes

PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 04:37 pm
by Bernard the Stout
Some of you are sure to remember a song by the Beatles in their heyday -
[i]A Day In The Life.
The last verse goes:
' I read the news today oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.'
etc...
[/i]
I reckon that after ten years of making holes in millions of bits of sticky paper we have enough holes to fill The Albert Hall, The O2 arena and probably The Renalto Ball Room, Yeovil. That's a lot of holes and a lot of sticky bits of paper, a decade of perforations in fact.

The beginning of all this is well known, Terry still has the hat and I still have the mental scars from the memory of the antique perforator at the Bath Postal Museum seizing up with unaccustomed use. That day in July the room was stifling, crowded and frenetic, there were reporters, cameras and visitors crowding over what we were doing. There had been no rehearsal and Terry was to put it mildly, a tad on edge with me as he was the one wearing a tall hat and a reputation.

Afterwards we slipped off for a drink and we talked about the stamps, we sort of thought we might get a year to eighteen months out of them, sort of, he still reminds me of this even now. And now here we are in July 2014 and it’s a decade of creating miniature works of art which record the geography and history of Discworld . It has been a fascinating journey and Isobel and I have met some very splendid and interesting people on the way. From those first simple stamps designed with the help of Colin Edwards and Alan Batley to the highly sophisticated images now created by Ian and printed here in Somerset, we have explored many strange byways of philatelic design and print.

The one common – actually not 'common' at all – denominator has been the collectors. From that very first frantic rush of the early LBE's it has been you the collector who has become a friend and sometime not so silent partner in the whole wonderful enterprise. Ten years ago I could have not envisaged just how far our stamps have developed and prospered. Even five years ago I could not have imagined that there was so much more that could be done with the design and printing of our sweet Cinderellas.

Now I look at what Ian and Reb create and the care they put in to every aspect of our Discworld Stamps and I am hugely proud of what Isobel and I started and they now continue with such skill and enthusiasm. So to them and very especially to you who by your loyal collecting, sometimes I must say accompanied by a really nit-picking attention to detail and fearsome expertise in all things 'stampy' I say,
Thank You. Thank you one and all.
Bernard & Isobel

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