Stamp of approval

To London’s St Pancras Chambers for The Guardian’s star-studded party to celebrate its relaunch in new, compact Berliner format. Everyone was there, from cross-dressing Turner award-winning potter Grayson Perry to MT’s cover pin-up this month, Allan Leighton. (The former didn’t say if he bought his frock from Selfridges). Leighton, sporting a daring pair of wraparound shades, was in characteristically bullish form. It looks as if Mr L has managed to persuade HRH the Queen to allow the portrayal of living human beings - the England Cricket team to be exact - on the stamps for the Ashes commemorative edition. Our gallant boys will be the first extant persons other than members of the royal family to thus adorn the nation’s mail. Let’s hope they don’t choose the snap of Flintoff getting on the open-topped bus after he’d polished off a case of champagne and an indefinite number of brown ale chasers.

Her majesty is supposed to be consulted about all major goings on at the Royal Mail, so it came as a surprise to learn that the shortlived and infamous name change to the ghastly 'Consignia' was news to her when it first appeared on the notepaper.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

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