UK Postal Service Defends Mercury Stamp

Britain's postal service defended a new stamp honoring late Queen

singer Freddie Mercury after a columnist for England's Daily

Mail complained that Mercury had a "degenerate lifestyle." "Every

stamp is approved by the queen, including this one," the Royal Mail

postal service said. Columnist Simon Heffer wrote that Mercury (born

Frederick Bulsara) was someone "whose degenerate lifestyle

caused him to die of AIDS at an unfortunately early age."