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Here we go then… It’s March ALREADY. 

Time to get ready for Spring and Summer and those wonderful long days. February has been such a miserable month of  relentless rain – but, having talked about the British weather, I’m going to sound even more boring and discuss coins and stamps…

Hands up who’s a fan of George Michael – even if he was your guilty pleasure?

Well, Wake me up before it goes-goes. A coin depicting GM during his Faith years – approved by King Charles – was released by the Royal Mint this week. The collectible coin features THAT signature look from his debut solo album “Faith”, wearing his trademark sunglasses.

It is speculated that the King, who, along with the Privy Council, gave his assent to the coins did so because George had a long association with the Royal Family, and was friends with the late Princess Diana.

George would be invited to parties at Kensington Palace, and once revealed how a young Prince William asked him to perform one of his hit songs to the guests.

Michael’s coin is the latest in the Mint’s “Music Legends” series, following David Bowie, Sir Elton John and Queen. The colours black and red feature on a selection of the coins. The Mint said the coin has been officially approved by Michael’s estate.

Prices for the coins, which feature the King on the other side, start from £15.50 for a £5 denomination brilliant uncirculated coin, with a colour version available for £24.50. A 2oz gold coin, with a denomination of £200, is available for £5,305.

Let’s move on from the Royal Mint to the Royal Mail – the latter being the subject of unremitting bad PR in recent months.

However, not everything Royal Mail-related is negative, it seems. Stamps honouring (my) iconic British pop band the Spice Girls were released on 11 January, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the FAB five. This makes me feel really old, as I remember watching “If You Wanna Be” on MTV for the very first time. Don’t pretend you didn’t admire their “Girl Power” ethos (even if you’re not a girl)!

It marks the first time the Royal Mail has celebrated an all-girl band. Previous special edition stamps have honoured musicians such as The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney and Dame Shirley Bassey.

The 10 main stamps feature images of the group performing at the 1997 Brit Awards, including Geri Horner in her legendary Union Jack dress, as well as their reunion at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.