As well as sponsor pins issued for 1 Year To Go, it looks like a wave of retail pins became available yesterday - but only at John Lewis Oxford street. The department has been expanded and re-arranged and the range on offer is much improved on our previous visits.

The had 3 new sets that we could see - Dogs (20 pins), Alphabet (26 pins) and Mascot Street Scenes (4 or 6 pins I think). We've shown an example of the first 2 sets but do not have an image of the third at the moment.

The dogs being shown are King Charles Spaniel, Beagle, Corgi, Springer Spaniel, Bulldog, German Shepherd, Greyhound, Labrador, Douge de Bordeaux, Daschund, Pug, Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Miniature Schnauzer, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Border Terrier, Shih Tzu, Boxer, West Highland White Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier. Each dog is accompanied by either the Olympic of Paralympic logo as a 'dangler' under the pin and the dog's collar is the same colour as the logo.

As for the alphabet, the letters being shown are A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H... (you get the idea!)

Each letter comes with a coloured logo in the order pink, orange, green, blue, Paralympic. The colours cycle round.

The mascot street scenes show Wenlock and Mandeville alongside post boxes an the like and these are printed pins where the mascots are coloured and shown against a dark blue background.

No word on issue sizes or price, but from memory, the dogs were £7.50 each.

Finally, the next 9 Royal Mail stamp pins are now available directly from the Royal Mail or from John Lewis. The sports on disply this time are Football, Shooting, Hockey, Goalball, Cycling, Rowing, Taekwondo, Boxing and Modern Pentathlon. When the original stamps in this series were issued last year, table tennis was included, but at the moment that pin has not been issued. No word yet on when or if we will see it. The aquatics pin from the first series is also still be be released. Interestingly, the archery and equestrian pins issued in this series earlier this year do not seem to be available any longer from the Royal Mail. Pictures of the new stamp pins, and also the latest stamps to be issued yesterday, will be added to the website as soon as possible.