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Patrick Moore Receives Royal Mail Honour

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 at 16:48 by Rhys Wilcox

In honour of the astronomical fiftieth year anniversary of The Sky at Night (see what I did there?), Royal Mail has decreed that the show’s host and British icon of all things celestial, Sir Patrick Moore, should select the pictures to front their next set of postage stamps. A rare honour in itself.

The BBC show The Sky At Night was originally aired in April 1957 and has gained Sir Patrick a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest serving television presenter. His selection join a most auspicious array of collections including The Beatles album covers (from earlier this year) to Abolition of the slave trade (due next month) and Sea Life.

Unfortunately, I feel that Sir Patrick has missed out on a marvellous opportunity to celebrate his other crowning achievements and herald the glory days of children’s television by further immortalising the profiles of Mr & Mrs Spoon, Tina Teaspoon, Captain Large and Small of the bottle army and other citizens of Button Moon.

No, instead he has decided to renounce this chapter of his career to stick with the predictable dazzling wonders of the night sky. Five pretty nebulae and a galaxy 32 million light years away from the sun.

There’s not even a stamp with a xylophone on it.

There’s not even one with Uranus on it so schoolchildren (and I) can make jokes about licking it.

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