Saturday, 31 December 2011

Lighthouses of Spain


On September 09, 2010, Espana Post launched the stamp set features  the Lighthouse dedicated to the following lighthouses: Avilés in Asturias, the Punta Cumplida on the island of La Palma, the San Cibrao in Lugo, the Punta de La Polacra in Almeria, Ciutadella on the island of Menorca, and Huertas in Alicante. All these feature in the stamps combined in the mini-sheet.
  

 
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The Lighthouse of Avilés, also known as San Juan, is located on the east bank of the mouth of the estuary of Avilés, in the municipality of San Juan de Nieva. It began to work in 1863 and was electrified 1927. It is a truncated tower attached to a building rising 40 m. high above sea level and 15 m from bottom to top. It has a range of 20 nautical miles.
 
 
 







Friday, 30 December 2011

20th century Euphonium – Music Instrument


Espana Post issued the stamp series devoted to musical instruments is completed with a new stamp depicting a 20th century euphonium belonging to the collection of the Museo Interactivo de la Música de Málaga on October 5, 2010.
The euphonium is one of the less popular instruments in the West.It is believed to have been invented by Carl Moritz in 1838, although it is also credited to Ferdinand Sommer and Adolphe Sax in 1843.It is built in B flat for concert which means that, by not pressing any piston valve the instrument will produce partial harmonic series in B flat.

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The euphonium is a wind brass instrument belonging to the family of the aerophones. It is a conical-bore metal tube which gradually widens from the mouthpiece to the bell.
It is equipped with three piston valves which lengthen the tube to enable it to communicate with other additional tubes, lowering the pitch.
 
Other elements or parts that make up the euphonium are the bell, the general pump, the valve pumps, a small musical stand, water key corks, valve covers, valve stem felts, a staple and a mouthpiece.
Euphoniums are made of brass, which is an alloy of copper and zinc and depending on the proportions of the mixture of metals, the sound will differ: the more zinc the brighter the sound and on the contrary, the more copper the mellower.  It is a band instrument, often a solo instrument, and also used by jazz groups.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Landmarks: Australian Modernist Architecture


The principle of "form follows function" was a touchstone for modernist architects. Taking root in architecture in the early part of the 20th century, modernism signaled a new turn, where design was based on a building's purpose rather than on the styles of the pattern book.

Ornamentation was also seen as unnecessary, so the buildings featured strong lines, bold forms and clean design. This was the machine age, and technological advancements brought new materials and methods to buildings and construction.

Australia enjoyed increased prosperity post-war and by the l950s consumerism thrived and a higher standard of living was available to many. This new-found sense of confidence was reflected in its architecture. Therefore   Australia Post represented  this changes into the stamp series  which depicts the chosen four monumental building, Former ICI House, Academic of Science, Council House, and Sydney Opera House, on July 10, 2007.

 
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The first half of the 20th century saw some innovative new building projects in Australia, especially during the inter-war period. Sydney and Melbourne were the main centers for experimentation in design, and the city of Canberra one of the most ambitious design and building projects. But the social and economic changes that came with the end of World War II saw modernism embraced by the wider Australian public in a way that it hadn't been previously.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Mode of Gibraltar


Gibraltar Post has issued the stamp series features the fashion designer of Gibraltar, John Galliano. The complete name is John Charles Galliano CBE, RDI , was born on 28 November 1960 in Gibraltar.
The issue stamp comprises of 4 postage stamp and one souvenir sheet. All stamps depicts his design of fashion.


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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Spanish Folk dance

 
Espana Post issued the stamp series feature the Spanish dance and folk dance on May 14, 2009. The stamp set comprised of two stamps depicts La Mateixa, and El Bolero dance.
 
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“La Mateixa” is one of the most deeply-rooted dances in the Balearic Islands and it is usually performed in all public or private events and has different characteristics from similar dances performed in other regions.
In towns and villages in Mallorca it was customary to auction the first dance in parties and festivals where the youngsters in love would bid. However, the winner would not dance with his girlfriend, since she would only dance with a friend or relative of his, whilst the winner held a handkerchief and fan and looked admiringly at her graceful movements. The stamp depicts a couple dancing wearing the typical dress.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Stonecutters Bridge–Hong Kong - 2009


On 17 December 2009, the Hong Kong Post issued the stamp set features the one of the longest span bridge, Stonecutters Bridge.  This issue stamp consist of 4 postage stamps to commemorate the opened of the bridge for public used.
Stonecutters Bridge is a high level cable-stayed bridge which spans the Rambler Channel in Hong Kong, connecting Nam Wan Kok, Tsing Yi Island and Stonecutters Island.
 
 
The bridge is part of Hong Kong's Route 8, connecting Sha Tin, Cheung Sha Wan, Tsing Yi Island, Ma Wan and Lantau Island. Other major constructions along the route are Nam Wan Tunnel (completed in 2008), Eagle's Nest Tunnel (completed in 2008), Sha Tin Heights Tunnel (completed in 2008), Tsing Ma Bridge (completed in 1997) and Kap Shui Mun Bridge (completed in 1997).

 

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Construction commenced on 27 April 2004 by Maeda–Hitachi–Yokogawa–Hsin Chong Joint Venture. It cost HK$2.76 billion. It was reported to be over budget.The bridge deck was completed on 7 April 2009, making this the second longest cable-stayed span in the world, and opened to traffic on 20 December 2009.
















Sunday, 25 December 2011

Stained Glass Windows on Spain’s stamp


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Stained Glass Windows, as other artwork, have enabled iconographic documentation and made us aware of relevant historic, social, political and religious events throughout the history of mankind.

Friday, 23 December 2011

New Crest Bridge built in Wood


On 11 April 2011, the French Post has issued a stamp features a famous  of the  wooden bridge, The "Pont en Bois",the longest wooden bridge in France.This bridge constructed for support the development of the timber industry, wood being a natural resource of the Crest region and develop the town northward and southward, according to demanding environmental criteria.
 
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The bridge designed by the partnership the  Crest City and other parties (the CNDB -National committee for the development of timber, the General Council of Drôme and the Regional Council, the State and the EU),   as an open-air wooden bridge with three spans. Total width between the guard-rails is 8 metres (two 2, 75 m ways for traffic and two 1,25 m pavements.) and total span its 100 metres.The estimated budget is 1.5 million €.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Centenary of Powered Flight – Australia 2010


On 09 March 2010, Australia Post celebrated the Centenary of Powered Flight  with issue the stamp set of  3 postage stamps depicted the model of aircraft. The issue stamps denominated in 55c, $1.45, and $2.10 .
In December 1903, at Kittyhawk, North Carolina, USA, the Wright brothers famously made the world’s first sustained flight in a powered aircraft. Similar attempts to fly were soon made in Australia by three persons, Colin Defries, John Duigan, Harry Houdini.
The issue stamps   commemorates three significant powered flights from Australia’s early aviation history.
 
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Colin Defries-9 Dec 1909
According to the criteria set by the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain, the first sustained, controlled flight in a powered aircraft was made by Englishman Colin Defries on 9 December 1909 at Victoria Park racecourse in Sydney. The plane was a modified Wright Model A named The Stella.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Inauguration of Suramadu Bridge – Indonesia - 2009


On 10 June 2009, the Indonesia Postal Authorities issued the stamp features the Suramadu Bridge. The issue stamps consist of 4 postage stamps to  inaugurate the bridge operation for public.

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The Suramadu  bridge is currently the longest bridge in the country and connects  the Surabaya City on the island of Java and the town of Bangkalan on the island of Madura in Indonesia. Suramadu is an abbreviation of Surabaya-Madura.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

British Formula 1 World Champions (Part II) – Guernsey

 

 

Guernsey Post has issued the second series of British Formula 1 on 27.10.2011. The issue stamps consist of 4 postage stamps and one miniature sheet.

Formula One cars are considered to be the fastest circuit-racing cars in the world, owing to very high cornering speeds achieved through the generation of large amounts of aerodynamic downforce.

Formula One cars race at speeds of up to 360 km/h (220 mph) with engines limited in performance to a maximum of 18,000 revolutions per minute (RPM). The cars are capable of lateral acceleration in excess of 5 g in corners.
The performance of the cars is very dependent on electronics – although traction control and other driving aids have been banned since 2008 – and on aerodynamics, suspension and tyres. The formula has had much evolution and change through the history of the sport.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Landscape in Bình Thuận province



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The Vietnam Post issued the stamp series features the scene of landscape in Binh Thuan provinve, Vietnam on September 01, 2008.
The stamp  features which only one  depicts the typical image of Phan Thiết city with the Lê Hồng Phong bridge and the Phan Thiết water tower reflected in romantic Cà Ty river.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Vietnamese foods - 2008


On the 1st of February 2008, Vietnam Post issued the stamp series which  introduces traditional Vietnamese foods: Nem rán (Fried roll) and Phở  bò (Rice noodle soup with beef).

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2-1: Nem rán (Fried roll)
Fried roll is made from soften rice paper,  mixing meat, vegetable, and seasoning material. Soften rice paper by dipping, one at a time, into warm water. Place about 1 heaping tablespoon of filling in centre of each sheet, then fold up bottom over filling and fold sides over and roll up tightly. The filling consisted of the mixed  of meat, vegetable and other seasoning material which have been fried .
In a saucepan, heat oil, then fry rolls over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes or until golden on all sides.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

The Youth Olympic Games


Singapore as the first city to host this event from August 14 – 26, 2010.The vision of the Youth Olympic Games is to inspire young people between the ages of 14 -18 to participate in sport and adopt the Olympic values. Focussing on sport, education and culture, the vision also emphasises and encourages young people to play an active role in their communities.
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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Vietnamese bridges - 2002


On 27 September 2002, Vietnam Post issued the stamp series features the Vietnamese bridges. This issue consisted of 4 postage stamps, First Day Cover and Maxi Card. All issuances depicts the famous bridges of Vietnam like : Long Bien bridge, Truong Tien bridge, Song Han bridge, and My Thuan bridge.
 
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Saturday, 3 December 2011

Water, a natural treasure


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"Water, a natural treasure", is the theme chosen by POSTEUROP for its EUROPE 2001 stamps. It is a theme that focuses attention on a problem that is becoming very serious: the excessive heating of the Planet Earth and the indiscriminate use of natural resources is rarefying the presence of water more and more, to the point that the desert zone is expanding farther north all the time, with consequences and damage that could become irreparable for mankind and the environment in which he lives.

The message conveyed by the two stamps is clear:
- Water is a treasure to be preserved with all the care and attention such a treasure deserves; the concept is expressed by the safe full of water.
- In order to preserve water on the Planet we must safeguard those natural elements that are the source of life for water itself, such as the mountains.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

World Heritage in China


Since joining the International Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1985, China has 40 world heritage sites to date; of these 28 are cultural heritage sites, seven are natural heritage sites, and four are cultural and natural (mixed) sites, ranking third in the world.
Hong Kong Post issued the stamp series depicted the World Heritage in China, but only some like The Imperial Palace, Jiuzhaigou, The Old Town of Lijiang, Mausoleum of the  first Qin Emperor  , Mount of Huangshan, The Potala Palace.

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Jiuzhaigou National Park  (literally "Nine Village Valley") takes its name from the nine Tibetan villages along its length is a nature reserve in the north of Sichuan, a province in south western China. Jiuzhaigou's best-known feature is its dozens of blue, green and turquoise-colored lakes and many multi-level waterfalls  and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area categorization.