From Merlin to Thunderbirds, stamps are go

The best of British will be celebrated in new stamps in 2011, ranging from the legendary tales of King Arthur, the 50th anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company - and the man behind the Thunderbirds characters.

Stamps set to take off with Thunderbirds

THUNDERBIRDS are go for the Royal Mail in 2011, with plans to launch new stamps honouring their creator Gerry Anderson.

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Royal Mail launches Second World War stamps

A SCOTTISH former Land Girl has helped launch a set of commemorative Second World War Royal Mail stamps.

Potter books get the stamp of approval

THE Royal Mail is marking Harry Potter-mania with millions of stamps featuring the boy wizard.

Stamps celebrate the anti-slave movement

A FORMER slave who brought the plight of kidnapped Africans to the masses in 18th century Britain appears on a commemorative first-class stamp issued yesterday.

Scots inventors featured on stamps

SOME of Scotland's greatest minds are receiving the royal treatment with a stamp of approval from Royal Mail.

Stamp prices to increase again

THE cost of a first-class stamp is to increase by 2p to 34p from April, the Royal Mail announced yesterday. A second-class stamp will increase by 1p to 24p.

Chain cuts price of stamps by 5%

A HIGH street chain has cut the price of first-class stamps by 5 per cent.

The man who made east and west meet

THE OPPRESSED islanders of Harris and Lewis figure prominently in the history of Canada. That nation even issued a stamp to remember one of the first groups that arrived on the good ship Hector. But one Hebridean immigrant holds a special place in Canadian hearts: Alexander Mackenzie - the first man to carve a way through from the spreading settlements of the east to the shores of the Pacific.

The Scot who saved nature

NATURE has always been around us, but it could be said that it was a Scot who discovered the environment and pushed it to the front of our awareness.

The man who defended Gibraltar

SIEGES are not the most exciting of military activities, but it was a siege that got George Eliott on to a set of Gibraltar stamps in 1976.

Glasgow girl and the Sultan of Johore

NO SCOT could match Helen Bartholomew's pathway to a postage stamp. In 1935 she was put on one as a present on her fifth wedding anniversary. Her husband could do this because he was Sultan Ibrahim, the Sultan of Johore (now Johor) and one of the richest men in the world.

The man who fought TB

THERE is no better example of a great Scot, remembered abroad but now forgotten at home, than Sir Robert Philip. Honoured by Belgium on a postage stamp on the 100th anniversary of his birth, Philip is rarely mentioned back home.When you next walk up the Mound, between Edinburgh's Princes Street and the Royal Mile, glance up at the nondescript house opposite the courtroom, and you can see the blue plaque that sums up Philip's contribution to the world:

The oldest post office in the world

THE TOWN of Sanquhar in Dumfriesshire is like many small towns dotted around Scotland. It is old - in this case dating back to the 8th century - and is long past its heyday. It has a wealth of history, including a striking castle ruin, and lies amid exquisite scenery. A quiet and unremarkable little place nowadays, its glory lies in the past.

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