VIVE LA FRANCE!
I'm not often into ranting about modern stamp design, and very much a fan of the old adagio: you don't have to collect what you don't like, and there's obviously a market for all the stuff coming out, but I really can't resist this one.

Take a look at this lovely French stamp that someone sent me the other day.

It's part of a tourism/views theme that has been going on for ages now. Flick through your French stamp album and you feel you know a little bit what France looks like. Beautiful! And the majority recess-printed an' all !

Here in Britain we were promised such a beautiful series of views too, a couple of years ago. "A British Journey" it was called and was supposed to celebrate the glory of this sceptered isle. Well, views would be hard to choose, what with all those rugged coast lines, beautiful castles, mountains, lochs, picturesque cottages and what have you! So, what did we get? We got this...

And we got this...

And we got this...

And this...

I rest my case (with heavy heart, mind!)

Adrian

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