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Join us on our trip down memory lane with Video Games and Visions of the Universe

Our Video Games issue will certainly take you back to playing them as a child, or even with your children! This issue has Stamps, a Minisheet, Retail Booklet and Generic Sheet.

The Visions of the Universe stamps are truly stunning, and though I’m not particularly knowledgable about such things, I do find it interesting!

Coming up…

One to look forward to; James Bond is due out on 17th March as is a pretty big issue, containing Stamps, Minisheet, Retail Booklet, Generic Sheet and also a PSB. We will be sending this issue out alone, unless you collect Defininitives, in which case you will get them together.

Jamie Ellul & Sam Dyer

Jamie Ellul is a graphic designer and his career kicked off Hat-Trick Design in 2001, producing dramatic posters, packaging and brochures, amongst other things.

Several years later, Ellul co-founded Magpie Studio, but once he started a family, he realised he needed to re-evaluate his life. Rather than staying in the fast lane in London, Ellul chose to relocate his family to Bath and set up a new company, Supple Studio.

Supple Studio’s aim is to create effective design work and to help companies establish an identity. Ellul has worked with Royal Mail a few times, designing some of their stamps, such as the ‘Votes for Women’ issue, which came out a couple of years ago.

Supple Studio has also produced work for Channel 4, NSPCC and Childline.

Sam Dyer is also a graphic designer who lives in Bath. An avoid player of traditional computer games, Dyer established a company called Bitmap Books, which has since become an award-winning independent publisher of retro gaming books. The company aims to celebrate the software, hardware, developers and code shops which laid down the foundations for the billion-dollar industry we know today.

Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)

First named the ‘Astronomical Society of London’ (founded in 1820), it received its royal charter on 7th March 1831.

Its founding members included such notable astronomers and mathematicians as Charles Babbage and John Herschel. The founders also intended to reward research, and the society has done this through the award of medals; its Gold Medal is perhaps the highest accolade in the astronomical world. And for astronomers living near London, the society’s meetings from the start served to create an identifiable community of astronomers, and to enable the latest research to be reported and debated.

Entering the 21st century, the Society continues to carry out its three main functions of maintaining a library, organising scientific meetings and publishing journals, but now performs many other functions in pursuit of its goals of the encouragement and promotion of astronomy and geophysics.

Did you know….?

  • In 1985, Elite made history by becoming the first non-American game to become a best seller in the US.
  • Sensible Soccer was often affectionately known as Sensi, still retains a cult following today.
  • With a lifetime sale of 36.88 million, Lara Croft is the best selling video game heroine.
  • The original Tomb Raider game was created as an Indiana Jones rip-off.
  • Like all such societies, the RAS was at first closed to women, although Caroline Herschel was awarded a Gold Medal in 1828 and, with Mary Somerville, was elected an honorary member in 1835. Women were first admitted to the fellowship in 1916.
  • John Herschel built the first telescopic observatory in the Southern Hemisphere and produced a comprehensive catalogue of the Southern Hemisphere’s skies.
  • Charles Babbage is credited with inventing the first machine which laid the groundwork for future computers. In fact, the basics of today’s computers are found in Charles’ analytical engine.
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