Friday, 28 December 2012

N'Gouja Beach of Mayotte

 

 

Mayoutte Post promoted the tourism of their beach, N’Gouja Beach through the issuance of one panorama stamp on November 12, 2007.

 

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Beach N'Gouja spreads its white sand along a large cove slightly curved, situated on the commune of Kani-Keli. A small ten huge baobab trees, planted majestically on the sand, emerging from the tropical vegetation that surrounds it. The light sand gives the ocean a beautiful color that ranges from turquoise and jade. Please see video of N’Gouja Beach .

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Orchid of Mayotte

 

Mayotte Post issued one stamp feature the orchid of Mayotte on January 22, 2007. The stamp presents Phanelopsis orchid.

 

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Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids. They are native throughout southeast Asia from the Himalayan mountains to the islands of Polillo, Palawan and Zamboanga del Norte in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines and northern Australia.

The species are sometimes called Moth orchids because some species resemble moths in flight.

Phalaenopsis are among the most popular orchids sold as potted plants owing to the ease of propagation and flowering under artificial conditions. They were among the first tropical orchids in Victorian collections.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas Story – Fiji


“May the sweet magic of Christmas fills your heart with love and the affection that spreads to those whom you love…”  Merry Christmas 2012. 

Read more about Christmas stamp, please visit "Christmas Stamp Collection"

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Fiji Post issued a set of six stamps to celebrate Christmas 2001 which feature the Christmas Nativity story. The Christmas story is illustrated in according to the Fijian culture.

The 17c stamp represents The angel Gabriel said to Mary: 'Peace be with you! God has blessed you and is pleased with you.' Mary was very surprised by this and wondered what the angel meant.

The 34 c stamp represents  “In this poor place Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God. In those days it was the custom to wrap newborn babies tightly in a long cloth called 'swaddling clothes'. Jesus' bed was the manger that the animals ate their hay from.”


Karaoglan - Turkish Cartoon Heroes


 
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Turkey Post commemorates their historical comic which have been exist long time ago by issuing a set of four stamps feature Karaoğlan, Turkish Cartoon Heroes, on April 20, 2006.  This stamps are part of other  the comic stamp series .
Karaoğlan is a Turkish historical comic book that was created in 1963 by Suat Yalaz.

The comic's story takes place between the 12th and 13th centuries in Central Asia during the reign of Cengiz Khan.










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The main character of the story , Karaoğlan, is a young Uygur Turkic adventurer who worked as a scout in Cengiz Khan's army.
Karaoğlan is portrayed as an 23 years-old adventurous and brave youngster. He is nomadic and travels throughout Eurasia in his stories. He traveled as far as China, İndia, Konstantinople and Siberia.
 
Karaoğlan is accompanied by his faithful friend Balaban, an ex-captain in Mongolian army and his father Baybora. His arch-nemesis is Camoka, a Mongolian bandit who raids villages with his men









Sunday, 16 December 2012

Sherlock Holmes


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The author, (Sir) Arthur Conan-Doyle wrote his first Holmes story, A Study In Scarlet, in 1886. Sherlock Holmes, a fictitious character was based on a real man, Dr Joseph Bell, a renown forensic scientist at Edinburgh University whom Conan-Doyle studied under.
On October 29, 2010, Alderney Post , pay tribute his inspiration to many crime novelist, issued a set of six stamps feature his stories.

 
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, born on 22 May 1859, is best known crime novelist for his famous creation Sherlock Holmes.
Following his term at university, Conan Doyle was employed as a doctor on the Greenland whaler Hope of Peterhead, in 1880, and, after his graduation, as a ship's surgeon on the SS Mayumba during a voyage to the West African coast, in 1881. He completed his doctorate on the subject of tabes dorsalis in 1885 .

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Ford Model T Centenary


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The Ford Model T car was designed by Childe Harold Wills and Hungarian immigrants, Joseph A. Galamb and Eugene Farkas. Henry Love, C. J. Smith, Gus Degner and Peter E. Martin were also part of the team. 









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Production of the Model T began in the third quarter of 1908. Their product presents the diversity of colours and physical adaptations.










Thursday, 13 December 2012

History of Aviation's that change the world


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The theme of this six stamps which issued by Alderney Post is highlighting significant aircraft story on April 10, 2003. 

The story of 100 years of aviation that have laid claim to a place in history. The 22 p stamp pays tribute to Wilbur and Orville Wright who, on 17 December 1903, finally realized their vision of powered human flight.



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The 27 p stamp presents a Vickers Vimy in their 16-hour journey from Newfoundland. 

John Alcock and his navigator, Arthur Whitten Brown, became the first aviators to fly non-stop across the Atlantic.




Monday, 10 December 2012

Vintage and Classic Cars of Sri Lanka



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To commemorate  the  Vintage and Classic Cars, Sri Lanka Post issued a set of four stamps feature the old fashioned cars on October 2011.

The Classic Cars depicted on stamps are Morris Minor 1949, Jaguar SS 100, Roll Royce 20/25, Austin 12-1928.




The Morris Minor is a British economy car which has  designed under the leadership of Alec Issigonis, and more than 1.3 million were manufactured between 1948 and 1971.The Minor was manufactured in three series: the MM (1948), the Series II (1952) and finally the 1000 series (1956).

Initially available as a 2-door saloon and tourer (convertible), the range was subsequently expanded to include a 4-door saloon in 1950, and in 1952 a wood-framed estate (the Traveller), panel van and pick-up truck variants.
 

Sunday, 9 December 2012

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

 
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To commemorate  the release of the first of three film  based on ‘the Hobbit’ which New Zealand is chosen as home to Middle-earth once again, New Zealand Post has issued official stamps on November 1, 2012. 

This set of six gummed stamps features key characters from ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’.
 
 
70c Bilbo Baggins – Like all Hobbits, Bilbo Baggins is fond of his comfortable existence, but his life changes forever when he is unexpectedly swept away from his home in the Shire to embark upon an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.


 

Saturday, 8 December 2012

International Year of sustainable energy for all


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Ban Ki-Moon, UNO’s General Secretary commented on the initiative and warned: “The lack of energy must finish, we shall have the possibility to switch on the light in all houses, to reduce poverty and give everyone an opportunity, to lead the economic stimulus and fight climatic changes”.

 
UNO declared the 2012 International Year of sustainable energy for all. The UNO’s main goal is set-up the public opinion aware and lead the governments decisions towards the theme of sustainability.

 
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To support this resolution, San Marino Post issued a set of four stamps feature how to make a global revolution  “ a new idea of clean energy” on May 9, 2012
The issue stamps depict  energy in short aeolian : sun, hydroelectric and marine, from biomasses and geothermal. The designer is Franco Filanci, one of the most prolific author of stamps and philatelic books and now President of ‘Accademia italiana di filatelia e storia postale’.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Australia’s Road Trip

 
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This stamp issue adopts a light-hearted approach to travelling through remarkable landscapes and calling at some landmark attractions in Australia. 


The large square shape and vibrant colours bring the road trip to life.The 60c stamp represent the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system, which hugs some 2,000 kilometers of coastline.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

50th Anniversary of The Australian Ballet

 
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The Australian Ballet is notable for its classical and contemporary dance repertoire, and for the versatility, technical skill and warmth that its dancers bring to performances.
They  marks 50 years in an illustrious history as Australia's premier ballet company .
 
Pay attention to  their anniversary, Australia Post issued a set of two single stamps features the ballet performances on October 16, 2012.
The Australian Ballet was formed in 1962 under the guidance of founding artistic director Peggy van Praagh. 


Peggy van Praagh  introduced two key initiatives during her tenure: a ballet school, which opened under the direction of Margaret Scott in 1964, and continuity of employment for the company's dancers.


Friday, 30 November 2012

Veteran Car – Liechtenstein

 
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Philately Liechtenstein  will issue the new, five-part series of stamps,  classic cars.This series have been starting with theme the so-called veteran cars, so still roadworthy classic cars, which are placed on special occasions in traffic.

Using  the  motor  Veterans   clubs   Liechtenstein  four vehicles were selected, which were all  produced  before 1921 and are in collections in Liechtenstein.


The CHF 0.85 stamp depicts  the oldest model of a rare Brasier racing in 1908. Henri Brasier was a French engineer who built in 1901 in a suburb of Paris automobiles.

The Britons of Distinction 2012


Royal Mail of Great Britain  issued  the Briton of Distinction stamp series on February 23, 2012.  
Same as the previous issued, the  issue are featuring  portraits  of five of our distinguished subjects and depictions of the other five’s greatest achievements, such as: Sir Basil Spence, Mary Morris, Odette Hallowes , Thomas Newcomen, Kathleen Mary Ferrier, Augustus Pugin, Montague Rhodes James, Alan Turing, and  Joan Mary Fry.

 
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Sir Basil Urwin Spence, OM, OBE, RA was a Scottish architect , who created Coventry Cathedral in England amongst other fine buildings. Born to German parents in Yorkshire, Frederick Delius composed some of the most quintessentially English pieces in the pastoral canon.

In 1950, a competition was launched to find the most suitable design from a Commonwealth of Nations architect to reconstruct Coventry Cathedral .  Spence's radical design was ultimately chosen amongst over 200 entries .

Coventry Cathedral construction  began in 1956 and the structure was completed in 1962. Spence was knighted in 1960 for his work at Coventry, while the cathedral was still being built.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Hong Kong Working Dogs in Government Services

 
Hong Kong Post issued a set of six special stamps to portray the working dogs from six government departments on duty with their handlers,on June 19, 2012.
 
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A number of government departments in Hong Kong have set up working dog units to assist their staff in performing various duties and Hong Kong Post are recognizing six of these working dogs in this special stamp issue. 

The $5 stamp on the stamp sheetlet features six working dogs in government services. Lined up neatly on parade and looking vigilant, the dogs stand ready to assist officers of various government departments in fulfilling their tasks such as quarantine inspection, narcotics interdiction, investigation and patrol, contributing greatly to the maintenance of law and order and the safeguarding of public safety.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Morris & Co - Inspiration and Realization


To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Morris and Company, inspired by   their  revolution in decoration , Royal Mail of Great Britain issued a set of six stamps feature the breadth of the company’s work on May 05, 2011.
 

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Morris was the main driving force however, putting his love of medieval aesthetics and respect for handcrafted work into the creation of countless beautiful objects, from furniture and painted tiles to embroideries and stained glass windows.

The 1st stamp above shown the Cherries decorative panel designed by Phillip Webb in 1867 . This is  courtesy  Victoria and Albert Museum, London .





The fourth of Spanish Popular Dances - 2009


Espana Post continued to issue the stamp series to tribute the Spanish Popular dances . In the fourth series, Espana Post released two stamps are featuring the Muñeira and El Fandango dances  become part of the stamp series of Spanish  popular dances  on July 22, 2009.



The Muñeira, is the most characteristic dance of Galicia. Of uncertain origin, some authors link this dance with ancient pre-Roman dances, while others do so to the festivals celebrated in the mills while waiting to collect the flour.

The dance takes several steps as counties and begins with the formation of rows of men and women, face to face, forming a loose dancing together. The man plays with energetic and impetuous movements points, twists and spins with his arms raised, and she does so shy and slow movements and lower arms.

It consists of at least two parts: the extent of variety depending on the skill of each dancer and the volta, or wheel that makes the dancers and that change in position. It is accompanied with music of bagpipes, drums and tambourines. 


Thursday, 22 November 2012

Fiji’s Bananas


All bananas belong to the genus Musa of the family Musaceae. Bananas are tropic plant that has long been a main stay of Fiji’s subsistence and economy.

All Fiji bananas have a taste far superior to that of insipid artificially ripened kinds that make it to the supermarkets of temperate climes.

To tribute this specific fruit, Fiji Post Limited issued a set of four stamps feature four type of banana on September 23 , 2008. The Fiji’s bananas depicted on stamps are Jaina or Musa sapientum, Jaina senikau or Musa velutina, Liganimarama or lady-fingers, and  Vudi or Musa AAB.



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This banana originated in China. In 1848 introduced by the London Missionary Society to various islands of the Pacific including Tonga and Fiji.

The veimama variety of this banana was one that regularly exported to New Zealand during the twentieth century.









Tuesday, 20 November 2012

“Forests for People”

 
The United Nations Postal  Administration issued stamps to commemorate the International Year of Forests on 13 October 2011 The main theme for the International Year of Forests 2011 is "Forests for People".  The issue comprise of three stamps feature the dynamic relationship between forests and the people who depend on them.

United Nations concerned the importance of forest for ecology system, as said by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, "By declaring 2011 as the International Year of Forests, the United Nations General Assembly has created an important platform to educate the global community about the great value of forests - and the extreme social, economic and environmental costs of losing them".

 
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The global observance comes at a time when there has been a much wider recognition of the role that sustainably managed forests play in everything from mitigating climate change to providing wood, medicines and livelihoods for people around the world.
 
The world's forests cover one third of the Earth's land surface. Forests help to maintain the fertility of agricultural land, protect water sources and reduce the risks of natural disasters. 














 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Comics on Stamps


Comics as an art form established itself in the late 19th and early 20th century, alongside the similar forms of film and animation. Comic have been alive with us since Victorian times.
Royal Mail have researched and collect the most and popular comics and comic characters of the  last 75 years. They have  pleased to present a set of ten stamps features the most memorable comics on March 20, 2012.


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The Dandy is a long-running children's comic published in the United Kingdom by D. C. Thomson & Co. The Dandy, which launched in 1937, has featured characters such as Bananaman, Korky the Cat, Cuddles and Dimples, and Beryl the Peril, along with Desperate Dan. The dandy, in 1973, that began the heyday of British comics. In fact, there can be few amongst us who haven’t  chortled over the adventures of Desperates Dan, the world’s strongest man.
 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Fun and Liberty 2012 – Paragliding and Diving



Two new stamps in the second of  “Fun & Liberty” series released on May 15, 2012 by Luxembourg Post and   presented paragliding and diving.
The 0.60 stamp depicts paragliding sport, and the 0.80 stamp depicts diving.These two stamps were designed by Timo Wuerz.

Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders which divided in categories : lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure.

The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a hollow fabric wing whose shape is formed by its suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.

Despite not using an engine and by skillful exploitation of sources of lift the pilot may gain height, often climbing to altitudes of a few thousand meters.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Italia Tourism 2012.


In yearly, Italian Post issued a stamp series subject to the Italian tourism. On July 19, 2012, they issued a set of  five regular stamps in the “Il Turismo (Tourism) series, dedicated to: Baveno (VB), Montecassino (FR), Maiori (SA), Ustica (PA) and the historic ENIT poster.


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Baveno presented on stamp as  a landscape of this town where the colors of the mountains that surround the town are in harmony with those of the waters of Lake Maggiore .

Baveno is a town and comune in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, part of Piedmont, northern Italy. It is located on the west shore of Lago Maggiore, 13 miles North West of Arona by rail.

To the north-west are the famous red granite quarries and an  historic reach of villas and castles, built in the 19th century. Baveno was occupied in the pre-Roman Iron Age by the Lepontii, a tribe of the Ligures.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Musical Instruments II of Kazakhstan


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The 25 stamp presents musical instrument, Zhelbuaz.This is refers to wind instruments and has a long history 

Zhelbuaz is the part of Kazakh culture, its origin goes deep in antiquity, but it still remains unknown tomany. It looks similar to a leather wineskin. 



This instrument has been found during archaeological excavations, and it is made of goatskin. The fact that this instrument is the Kazakh national wind instrument is proven by the fact that they used to make it from goatskin.

The neck of the zhelbuaz is closed with a special occlusion. In order for the instrument to be worn around the neck, a strong leather cord is attached to it. In recent times this instrument has been rarely used for the concerts of Kazakh national orchestras and folk ensembles.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Hong Kong Festivals - 2012

 
Hong Kong Post delighted to bring an exciting series of stamps for promote the Hong Kong Festival 2012, issued  a set of four single stamps and one stamp presented in souvenir sheet on May 22, 2012. The issue stamps are depicting  all festivals  of  Hong Kong’s  cultures.

 

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Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Chinese people believe that on that day,  the moon is the biggest, roundest and brightest.  And the term round implies family reunion in Chinese.
The Moon Festival is a festival for members of a family to get together wherever it is possible.  Sons and daughters will bring their family members back to their parents' house, typically having dinner together, for a reunion.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Cheeses ( DOP in Italian )


To dedicate the Italian products (Protected Denomination of Origin) , Italian Post pleased to issue a set of four regular stamps in the "Made in Italy" series on March 25, 2011.  
 
The issue stamps are featuring  the dairy products , cheeses like : Gorgonzola, Parmigiano Reggiano, Mozzarella di Bufala Campana and Ragusano. In each of the illustrations, at the bottom on the right is the PDO trademark (Protected Denomination of Origin, DOP in Italian).
 

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Mozzarella di Bufala Campana

Buffalo mozzarella  is a mozzarella made from the milk of the domestic water buffalo. Generally, buffalo mozzarella is enjoyed with pasta, calzone, vegetable, salad, on pizza , on grilled bread, or by itself accompanied by olive oil


Buffalo mozzarella is manufactured in many locations around the world. Some scientists believe that Italy and Bulgaria have the best dairy water buffaloes. In Italy, the cheese is produced in areas ranging from Rome in Lazio to Paestum (near Salerno) in Campania, and there is a production area in near Foggia, Puglia.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Musical Instruments I of Kazakhstan


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Kazpost pleased to issue a set of two stamps feature their traditional musical instruments on May 26, 2003.


The musical instruments depicted on two stamps are Dombyra and Kobyz.
The 25 stamp present Dombyra music instrument. Dombyra or Dongbula is a long-necked lute and a musical string instrument that exists in the culture of the Turkic peoples.



It is considered a folk instrument of the Kazakhs and Nogais. The instrument shares some of its characteristics with the Central Asian komuz and dutar.

The Kazakh dombyra has frets and is played by strumming with the hand or plucking each string individually, with an occasiona l tap on the main surface of the instrument. While the strings are traditionally made of sinew, modern dombras are usually produced using nylon strings.

One of the greatest dombra players is Kazakh folk musician and composer Kurmangazy, which had a great influence on the development of the Kazakh musical culture, including - music for dombra, his musical composition "Adai" popular in Kazakhstan and abroad

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The International Fresh Water


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Freshwater is the important element for life on earth. It is essential for satisfying basic human needs, health, food production, energy and maintenance of regional and global ecosystems. 

In recognition of the central importance of water resources to the planet’s future, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the year 2003 as the International Year of Freshwater. Therefore Post Fiji Limited pleased to release a set of two stamps in one miniature sheet on the 22nd of April 2003.  The issue depicts waterfall in the forest that show how  important the availability of fresh water   as part of a ecosystem in the world.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Longest Beetle in the World


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The titan beetle is the world's largest species of beetle.It is a member of the Cerambycidae family, or “longhorn beetles”. This huge beetle is the longest known beetle in the Amazon rainforest and is found in French Guiana, north Brazil and Columbia.

Post Fiji Limited pleased to dedicated to this species by issuing one imperforate stamp on February 27, 2004. The issue stamp depict the titan beetle as the longest known beetle in the world.

SPANISH POPULAR DANCES I – 2009


Espana Post dedicated to the Spanish cultural heritage and folklore, by issuing  the stamp series entitled dances and folk dances  featuring  the ISA and Sevillanas on April 27, 2009.



Sevillanas dancing are usually in pairs and differentiate four movements: paseíllos, past confrontations and finials in 3 by 4 meter.

It is accompanied by guitar music, the palms clappers and castanets or sticks, popularly known as Andalusia. His fame spread throughout the country, bailándose at fairs, festivals and dance halls, but in a special way during the Feria de Sevilla and the pilgrimage of El Rocío.

From the decade of the sixties took a turn for the Sevillanas, with the emergence of new players, new songs and new musical airs, that continue to respect the original essence and graceful movements of arms and legs.

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Charles Dickens was an English writer, generally considered to be the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic novels and characters. He is a philanthropist and tireless campaigner for the poor.

To celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dicken’s birth, Royal Mail pleased to present a set of six single stamps and four stamps in one miniature sheet on June 19, 2012.



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The six stamps feature the characters of his novel, Mr. Bumble, Mr. Pickwick, the Marchioness, Mrs. Gamp, Captain Cuttle, Mr. Micawber and miniature sheet feature the comic strip of his novel Great Expectation.


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The stamp present the character, Mr. Bumble is one  of the novel’s characters  of Oliver Twist.

Mr. Bumble, despite his impressive sense of his own dignity, continually mangles the king's English he tries to use. Around the time of Oliver's ninth birthday, Mr. Bumble, a parish beadle, removes Oliver from the baby farm and puts him to work picking oakum at the main workhouse.

Oliver, who toils with very little food, remains in the workhouse for six months. He escapes and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities. 
 
 Oliver Twist, is notable for Dickens' unromantic portrayal of criminial and their sordid lives, also known as the Parish boy's progress, published by Richard Bentley in 1838.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Formula 1 – 2005 Turkish Grand Prix


The 2005 Turkish Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on August 21 at Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. This was the first Formula One race to take place in Turkey. To commemorate this event Turkey Post issued one stamp depicts this Grand Prix on August 19, 2005.

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Juan Pablo Montoya was comfortably heading for second place on the penultimate lap when he clashed with the Jordan of Tiago Monteiro, damaging the diffuser. On the next lap Montoya ran straight ahead on Turn 8, losing second place to Fernando Alonso. Mean while the first position is Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren- Mercedes)
Felipe Massa lost his front wing and bargeboard in a first corner collision with Nick Heidfeld. After the replacements he managed to continue racing until lap 29 where his engine failed.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Keloglan - Turkish Cartoon Heroes

 
Turkey Post dedicated to the Turkish Cartoon Heroes, Keloglan, a fictional  character from Turkish culture by issuing  a set of four stamps on November 2007. The issue depicts Keloglan characters. Stories about him were staged by Fisko Birlik, Danone Çocuk Tiyatroları and many special societies many times and attracted a lot of attention and applause.
 
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Keloğlan is the most famous and the favourite person of the Turkish children’s tale. Keloğlan has a problem of being bald from birth. He is the substitute of the Anatolian people who can have big dreams who are virtuous, prudent, a little bald, a little romantic and very sportive. He treats the monsters he struggles very well after he defeats them.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Fan and Shawl

 
Espana  Post pleased to present one stamp features the elements as part of  female fashion, fan and shawl  on the first of January 2009. These  two elements eminently peculiar characteristic of Spanish fashion.
   
A hand-held fan is an implement used to induce an airflow for the purpose of cooling or refreshing oneself. Appeared the folding fan, for the first time in Spain in the sixteenth century. It is known that in the eighteenth century was in many artisans abaniqueros Madrid, although Valencia will be consolidated as the production center. Thus, in 1802, placed there the Royal Fans Factory.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

The 75th Anniversary of Supermarine Spitfire


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To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Supermarine Spitfire, Gibraltar Post pleased to present a set of four stamps and one souvenir sheet stamp features this fighter aircraft on the 28th September 2011.  
The Spitfire achieved legendary status during the Battle of Britain, a reputation aided by the famous "Spitfire Fund" organized and run by Lord Beaverbrook, the Minister of Aircraft Production.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Chinese Percussion Instrument


Chinese percussion instruments are not simply rhythmic instruments that each set can be played independently and they play an important role in setting off the musical contents and opera plots and enhancing the musical expressiveness. There is a great variety of percussion instruments in China, with playing skills that are rich and have distinctive ethnical styles.

Hong Kong Post launched the stamp set feature the Chinese percussion instrument on November 2003. The issue comprise of four stamps and one souvenir sheet. Each stamps depict the Chinese percussion instrument , Drum, Gongs, Clapper, Cymbal, Chimes.

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Although its exact origin is still unknown, drum occupies a prominent place in Chinese culture. According to the ancient literatures, it might as old as Chinese history itself.The existing earliest documentation of its application occurs in Oracle Inscriptions of the Shang Dynasty (1600B.C.-1100B.C.). As an old and wonderful form of art, the drum has been employed in almost every aspect of Chinese social life, including sacrificial and worshiping ceremonies, farming, and warfare.

During its development, Chinese drum performance arts have undergone many regional as well as ethnic variations. As a result, today they produce different visual impacts and bring to the viewers different senses of beauty. Some are masculine, giving off a sense of invincible mighty, and some are more delicate with nimble and graceful dancing steps.
 

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Undersea World


Singapore Post Ltd  issued a  stamp series of four stamps  feature marine mammals of undersea world, such as the Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin,  the Indo - Pacific Humpback Dolphin, Finless Porpoise, and Dugongs on March 22, 2006.


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The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins , also known as Tursiops aduncus, and normally found in warm and temperate seas worldwide. It is named bottlenose due to the animal having a short rounded snout or ‘beak’ that looks like a bottle.
 
 The Indo-Pacific  Bottlenose  Dolphins  is  one  of the most popular types    of   bottlenose   dolphins    in   the   world.    Their   size   are  approximately 8 ½ feet in length  and weigh up to  500 pounds. Other appearances    are    either   dark   gray  or   black  in   color   and   the underside  of  the   belly  is  often  a dark  white or a  lighter  shade of gray. They are long  and  sleek  in  their  body  design  so  they have a great freedom of movement.

The biggest part of the diet for these dolphins are fish and squid. They hunt at night time and have great techniques for getting large amounts of food to come to them. Then they work together to make a tight circle around it before consuming their prey. They will also consume crustaceans if necessary due to the fact that they eat large amounts of food daily.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Roald Dahl


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To celebrate Roald Dahl , as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century",  Royal Mail has launched the stamp set featuring the original Quentin Blake  illustrations of Dahl’s best love characters on 10 January 2012. The issue consist of six single stamps and four stamps in miniature sheet format.
 



Six of Dahl’s most popular children’s stories feature on the Stamps - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Twits , The Witches, The Big Friendly Giant. 

 
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964 children's book features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka.

The story was originally inspired by Roald Dahl's experience of chocolate companies during his schooldays. Cadbury would often send test packages to the schoolchildren in exchange for their opinions on the new products. At that time (around the 1920s), Cadbury and Rowntree's were England's two largest chocolate makers and they each often tried to steal trade secrets by sending spies, posing as employees, into the other's factory.

It was a combination of this secrecy and the elaborate, often gigantic, machines in the factory that inspired Dahl to write the story.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Hong Kong Disney Land Grand Opening


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Hong Kong Disneyland  is located on reclaimed land in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island. The park opened to visitors on 12 September 2005. It is the first theme park located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and is owned and managed by the Hong Kong International Theme Parks.

When the park initially opened, it consisted of four classic themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland (an optimistic vision of the future). The park has a daily capacity of 34,000 visitors — the least of all Disneyland parks.

To commemorated the Grand Opening of Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong Post issued a series of 4 stamps and two souvenir sheets. The issued stamp depicts characters of Walt Disney’s film with background scene of Hong Kong Disneyland.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Jambo –The Gorilla

 
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Jambo was a celebrated gorilla housed at Jersey Zoo. He is well known for rescuing a young boy named Levan Merritt who fell into the gorilla enclosure in 1986.

To commemorate the Jambo’s caring behavior that day came across as such a powerful image and story for all time, Jersey issued four postage stamps and one souvenir sheet feature several image of Jambo, the gorilla on September 15, 2012.
Jersey Zoo has erected a bronze statue of Jambo inside the zoo grounds as a tribute to the gorilla which helped change public perception about the species.