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It all started for me . . .

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    Posted: 23 September 2012 at 21:54
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 . . . when I bought 'Going Postal' from Waterstones, and first set eyes on Colin and Alan's work. I was an avid Pratchett fan, but now another door was opening. The world of Cinderella Stamps could not have been farther from my door, but I was quickly seduced. I suppose that I am a horder by nature - even my grandchildren are complaining that I will be bequeathing stuff to them that they trully do not want.
But the really interesting thing was that actually I didn't collect Discworld stamps per se, rather I was intrigued by the art and design work that our two hero's produced. Then along came Laernu and my fairly comprehensive collection sourced from Wincanton was sold, paving the way and the space for this new make-believe world.
Like most of you, I bought into the annual Valentine Day Issues and as envelopes arrived from the Malthouse, began to notice other 'stamps' appearing on the packages. And so I discovered the Sporten stamps and had found my 'collectables of desire'. Whilst on holiday on the Broads, my wife, brother and sister in law and I met with Alan and Colin on a ridiculously narrow Broad, and had a great lunch in a waterside pub. Later, from the back of Colin's car came my sheets of Sportens including the 4F Divensplatten coloured Yorkenberry. 'Hooked' is the only way to discribe how I felt. Maybe even a tad honoured.
And so we get to today, over 3 years later and the dream goes on. In spite of Colin's infuriating mystery and sometime delay, we gather together these facinating 'stamps'. Thanks to this forum, and in particular Steve and Keith, we have a slight idea of what is out there Sporten-wise, enough to keep us on our toes - keep it interesting.
So I get to the whole point of this post. It seems to me that many of the Sporten variants first arrived with us, on packages and envelopes and so presented a number of problems.
1. How do we keep them, on the whole package/envelope or do we try to remove them with some kind of adhesive solvent?
2. Were/are they for real or was Colin just decorating packages? (Surely he couldn't be so naive.)
3. Would we ever be able to gather together a complete collection, when these variants seemed to appear at any opportunity?
4. Why can't Dulux mix me a can of Yorkenberry Gloss?
 
Most of the above have over those three or so years been answered - I am close to litigation with Dulux. But it struck me that it might be interesting to hear from others of you, as to how you started collecting 'Laernu'. And whether we would ever get to the bottom of the variants 'pit'.
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I am grateful to Alan, Colin and the Discworld Emporium for enticing me back into Cinderella collecting after a hiatus of several years. After conventional collecting I branched into Cinderellas; perhaps it was the anti-establishment-ness of them. Anyway I was an avid reader of Terry Pratchett and along came Going Postal. And there on the cover were some stamps illustrated. About 10 minutes later I was browsing these little gems.
But what really swung it for me was that not only were we treated to stamps that had that classic design look to them, but that they slotted into the stories I was reading. And because of this they also had a Fun element incorporated into them. The sports, the covers, those extra little details.
I had missed the early Laernu and Isle of Vue stamps, but then came the Dead Letter Office issue. This really swung it for me. Especially the A4 design proof sheet which revealed the attention to detail Colin and Alan put into every aspect.
Since then I have been hooked, but without giving up on the DW output (which still entertains me) nor general cinderellas. What is intriguing is that we collectors have probably not discovered everything that Colin has put into the stamps. Peter’s announcement of the Yorkenberry shade is a new one on me. I realised some of the colours in the early Sportens must have a meaning, but decided they were perhaps a private family and friends thing. Has anybody deduced a real life personage behind the names used for the 2006-12 sportens yet? Those names cannot be random.
It’s a shame that it was taken 7 years to get any sort of backstory to the Sportens or indeed any Laernu stamps. Or does that spoil the game? The Corsican postcard was a gem. Obscure enough to get one wondering, but solvable enough to have an answer in a couple of days so it didn’t get pushed to one side and forgotten.
We often joke about Colin’s rate of stamp production. I don’t think we would want it any other way if it meant that the inventiveness was to fall. And in fact I have totted them up. Since 2005 there have been 25 issues. That’s 3½ per year. One every hundred days. Which isn’t too pad at all.
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