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No more Miguelin stamps

THE Spain Pavilion stopped issuing the limited edition Miguelin stamp on Saturday because of security problems, officials said yesterday.

The stamp, which was issued to commemorate Spain's victory in the World Cup, was originally scheduled to be available until yesterday.

However, the queue of people waiting to get the stamp had become so long that it posed security problems for guards.

The stamp featured Miguelin, a 6.5-meter electronically animated baby, which can be seen inside the pavilion.

Several notice boards saying "No more Miguelin victory stamps today" were installed at the entrance and queue areas of the pavilion.

According to a male security guard at the entrance, the pavilion stopped issuing the stamp because the number of visitors lining up for the stamp had more than doubled since last Tuesday and there were not enough guards to maintain order.

"Too many visitors were coming for the stamps and they waited in a very long queue at the exit of the pavilion, blocking the way for others," said the security guard. "With fewer guards on duty on weekends there wasn't much that could be done."

He said visitors to the pavilion could still get the original Spain Pavilion stamp.

The absence of the Miguelin stamp didn't weaken the pavilion's popularity.

People still formed a long queue in front of the pavilion yesterday. Guards warned visitors at the end of the queue that it would take up to two hours to enter the pavilion.

People can get fast access to the pavilion by collecting the stamps from all three Spanish UBPA (Urban Best Practice Area) pavilions - Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao.


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