Monday, 30 January 2012

The Grand Pipe Organs of the Grand Duchy - II

On December 4,  2007, Luxembourg Post released the second series of special    postage stamps  illustrated four pipe organs of the country. The issues are composed of 4 postage stamps with different face value plus extra addition value. The four pipe organs depicted are instrument placed in  Niederwiltz, Sandweiler, Echternach,  and Esch-sur-Alzette .

The church of Niederwiltz owns the very first Eisenbarth-organ built for Luxembourg, consecrated in 1997. A three-manual instrument of 39 stops, built on the lines of a synthesis between French symphonic-romantic as well as French classical style, incorporating a light reference to Spain and selective connotations of southern-German baroque sound ideals.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Gastronomy of Luxembourg

Good food is  an integral part of the culture in Luxembourg. Because of the unique geographic location of our country, the cuisine of Luxembourg nicely combines German warmth with Franco-Belgian finesse while delivering a personality uniquely its own. Two typical dishes of the Luxembourg region are depicted on the special postage stamps of this gastronomic series “EUROPA 2005” such as : Judd matt Gaardebounen, and Feierstengszalot.

The primary national dish, Judd matt Gaardebounen or collar of smoked pork with marsh beans and brown sauce, is a dish particularly appreciated by gourmands. Accompanied by fried potatoes and a good bottle of white wine from the Luxembourg Moselle, Judd matt Gaardebounen is a true treat to share with friends or family.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte concert hall

The Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte Concert Hall, also called the Philharmonie is distinguished not only by the artistic diversity of its proposed performances, but also for uniting artists and new forms of interaction with music. The Philharmonie have opened for a music festival which held from June 26 till July 3, 2005.
Therefore Luxembourg Post celebrated this opening by issued the stamp depicted the exterior view of the building on May 24, 2005.
The Philharmonie decorated with 823 columns arranged in a rhythmic pattern, the façade incontestably acts as the beacon for the newly renovated Place de l'Europe on the Kirchberg plateau. This building constructed in several years.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Green Renewable Energy Development–Greece

Hellenic Post of Greece remind the importance of Renewable Energy in the world by issued the stamps set features Green Renewable Energy Development on April 26, 2010. The image   on each stamps  presented Solar Energy,Hydro Power, Wind Power, Self Contained Man, Wave Power, and Bio Energy.

          Solar Energy                            Hydro power

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photoelectric effect.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Grand Pipe Organs of the Grand Duchy -2006

An imposing musical instrument, the organ derives its name from the Greek word organon, simply signifying tool or instrument. Luxembourg Post issued the stamp set dedicated to the grand pipe organs in several series. On Dec 5, 2006, the first stamp series was  issued and composed of four postage stamps  features Meri, Bridel, Mondercange, Grund.
Conservatory in Luxembourg–Merl
Georg Westenfelder conceived the organ for the Grand Auditorium of the Music Conservatory in Luxembourg–Merl in 1985, an organ with 53 stops on 3 manuals, tending stylistically towards the “universally suitable” organ: stops with French-symphonic definition, German-baroque and Nordic elements as well as components coming from the romantic period are intelligently ranked. A slight Hispanic influence is evidenced by the horizontal reeds of the “Chamade” stop, standing out of the organ case.

An organ equally useable for solo literature as well as performances with orchestras, and first of all the center of gravity for the organ classes taking place in the house. The very first comprehensive concert-hall organ for Luxembourg and the region, it is perfectly balanced to suit the excellent acoustics of the hall.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Industrial Products - Made in Luxembourg

On October 2003, the Luxembourg Posts and Telecommunications issues the stamp feature the industrial product made in Luxembourg.   The issue stamps composed of three postage stamp with non-uniformed face value, which depicted Steel sheet-piles, Valves and other fitting, Polyester film.

Steel sheet-piles produced by ARCELOR
Among the broad range of high end products developed in Luxembourg are the sheet piles shown on the postage stamp. These highly technical products are used in civil engineering applications around the world.
Arcelor, the world leader in steel was formed in 2002 as a joint venture of Aceralia (Spain), Arbed (Luxembourg) and Usinor (France). The Arcelor group, which had sales of 26.6 billion euros in 2002, plays a leading role in all its markets : automobiles, construction, household appliances, packing materials, and general industry. Arcelor has 104,000 partners in more than 60 countries.
The headquarters of the group is in Luxembourg. In Luxembourg, the group is the most important employer in the private sector with activities in production, research, and administration.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Happy Chinese New Year - 2563

According to the Chinese zodiac calendar the New Year falls on January 23 when the Year of the Dragon begins. The dragon, the only animal of the Chinese zodiac year that is not real, is a creature of special significance for Chinese people.

In the Orient the dragon was not seen as a threatening evil being as in the West but rather a symbol of power, superiority and rule.Today it is a really good omen symbolizing success and happiness.The Year of the Dragon is one of the most popular ones in the Chinese calendar and usually the birth rate increases that year because many parents want to have children born under the sign of the dragon.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

The Way into the Best Future of Environment.

Luxembourg Post issued the second stamp series feature the way for getting the better environment in the world on October 1, 2001. This series composed  of three stamp values which illustrate in a contemporary style using a comic strip motif, three of the many challenges threatening the future of human civilization. The three ways depicted are renewable energy, waste recycling, and biological research. 

Renewable Energy
Many kind of renewable energy have to be considered which have depend on the nature of every country. An energy source is considered to be renewable if the fact of consuming it does not limit its future use. There are generally by using the wind, the sun, waterways, tides, sea currents, waves, the heat of the earth, and biomass, but not for the greatest portion of our present energy consumption based on petroleum, coal, natural gas, and uranium which are limited sources of energy on our planet.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Danish Windmills

In Denmark wind power was an important part of a decentralized electrification in the first quarter of the 20th century, partly because of Poul la Cour from his first practical development in 1891 at Askov.
A giant change took place in 1978 when the world's first multi-megawatt wind turbine was constructed. It pioneered many technologies used in modern wind turbines and allowed Vestas, Siemens and others to get the parts they needed. Especially important was the novel wing construction using help from German aeronautics specialists.
Danish commercial wind power development stressed incremental improvements in capacity and efficiency based on extensive serial production of turbines, in contrast with development models requiring extensive steps in unit size based primarily on theoretical extrapolation. A practical consequence is that all commercial wind turbines resemble the Danish model, a light-weight three-blade upwind design.
On 10  January 2007, Denmark Post issued the stamp to commemorate the development of Danish Windmill in 4 postage stamps. Askov Windmill, Gedser Windmill, Middelgrunden.

Askov 1891
In the 1890s a Danish scientist, Poul la Cour, constructed wind turbines to generate electricity, which was then used to produce hydrogen for experiments and light and the Askov Highschool. His last windmill of 1896 later became the local powerplant of the village of Askov.
In Denmark wind power was an important part of a decentralized electrification in the first quarter of the 20th century, partly because of Poul la Cour from his first practical development in 1891 at Askov.


Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Lighthouses of Hong Kong - 2010

On 29 December 2010, Hong Kong Post issued the stamp series features the lighthouse which are declared as monument of Hong Kong.
Two of the five lighthouses are on Green Island while the other three are at Cape D'Aguilar, Waglan Island and Tang Lung Chau respectively. 

Cape D’Agular – Lighthouse
Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse is one of the declared monuments of Hong Kong. It is also known as Hok Tsui Beacon. The lighthouse is one of five pre-war surviving lighthouses in Hong Kong; it is also the oldest lighthouse in Hong Kong.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Portuguese Dams

The Portugal Post issued the stamp features engineering topics on 19 April 2007. The chosen topics is Portuguese Dam. The Dams are very important for the Portugal Development. The Issue stamps comprises of 4 postage stamps which depict Dam Castelo do Bode, Dam Aguieira. Dam Valeira, and Dam Alto Lindoso.

Barragem de Castelo do Bode

Castelo de Bode Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the Zêzere River, a tributary of the Tagus River, located southwest of Tomar and north of Constância, in Portugal.
The construction of the dam began in 1945.The dam is curved concrete gravity. The maximum height above foundation is 115 meters. The quota is the culmination of 124.3 m, and length of the crown is 402 m. The dam has a total volume of 430,000 m³ of concrete.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Renewable Energies – Espana 2010

Espana Post has issued the stamp series feature the renewable energies which now as trend topics discussed in the world.The stamps comprised of 3 piece stamps and issued on September 3, 2010.

The development and investigation of renewable energies is nowadays becoming more and more important. They have a lower environmental impact as they come from natural resources such as water, sunlight and wind and have been used by man since the early ages. This issue is devoted to biomass, tidal power and wave power.
Three quarters of our planet’s surface is covered by seas and oceans in continuous movement both at the surface as in the depths and they are energy filled deposits in development by means of wind and tidal energies.

Tidal energy is generated by the relative motion of sea water due to the gravitational attraction by the Sun and Moon.
Tidal generators and turbines use this phenomenon to generate electricity.

The stamp design features some of the symbolic elements used to produce this type of energy such as the sea and the water motion, the influence of the moon and the technical mechanisms.