Friday, 23 March 2012

King Kong on New Zealand’s Stamp

On 19 October 2005, New Zealand Post proudly issued the special stamp set to commemorate the released of the fantasy adventure film which directed by Peter Jackson, King Kong.
King Kong is a remake of the 1933 film of the same name and stars Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody. Andy Serkis, through performance capture, portrays Kong.

Although the film performed lower than expectations, King Kong made domestic and worldwide grosses that eventually added up to $550 million becoming the fourth-highest grossing movie in Universal Pictures history.
Entertainment Weekly called the depiction of Kong the most convincing computer generated character in film in 2005.Movie reviewers, who gave King Kong critical praise, consider it one of the all-round best movies of 2005, though it has been criticized for its 3 hour, 7 minute running time. It won Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.
The issue consist of 5 postage stamps depicted the image taken from the original film , King Kong character (45c), the remaining depicted Ann character ($1.35) and her colleague.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

American Motorcycle

U.S. Postal Service have proud to recognize the role of motorcycles in American culture by issuing the four stamps that feature American motorcycle in early August 2006.
Three of the stamps feature digital illustrations of a 1918 Cleveland, 1940 Indian Four and a 1965 Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide that are modeled after motorcycles in existence today. The fourth stamp shows a circa 1970 chopper, a computer generated stamp image created by the stamp artist in consultation with professional chopper builders.
The first of these stamps, along with the actual cycles the stamps are modeled from, kick-started the 66th Anniversary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD, August 7, 2006.
Cleveland 1918The single-cylinder Cleveland motorcycle depicted on this stamp was built by the Cleveland Motorcycle Manufacturing Company of Cleveland, OH. Technical data of this motorcycle featured a 2.5-horsepower, single-cylinder motor, could travel 75 miles on a single gallon of gasoline and reach speeds of up to 35 to 40 mph. Weighing around 150 pounds . The lightweight and affordable reason makes the Cleveland a popular motorcycle of its time. The Cleveland A2 that modeled for the stamp is owned by Penny Nickerson of Long Island, NY.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Kapa Haka (Traditional Maori Performing Arts)

Kapa Haka is intrinsic to New Zealand’s cultural identity. The meaning of Kapa Haka is  stand in a row  (kapa) and dance (haka). This performing art present the combination of sing, dance, expression and movement. Performed both ceremonially and competitively, the power of Kapa Haka to convey a range of emotions is undeniable.
To commemorate this art, New Zealand Post issued the stamp set that captures the dynamism and strong cultural tradition of Kapa Haka on February 17, 2011. The issue comprised of six postage stamps. All six stamps are displayed together on the miniature sheet and first day cover, forming a complete picture of the six aspects of Kapa Haka.

Whakaeke - 60c
Whakaeke is a choreographed entrance onto the performance area, where elements of all discipline are utilized.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Animals of the Viking Age

To commemorate the Viking Age,   Faroe Island Post issued the stamp set of fauna which have lived at the time, the Great Auk and Dimun Sheep on February 20, 2012. The stamp was designed by Astrid Andreassen.

The Great Auk is a bird of the genus Alca that lived in the North Atlantic. This bird  could grow up to 70 cm in height. They were flightless birds, with wings that were as small as the South Atlantic penguin. It was fast in the water when hunting fish but very clumsy on land.

The Great Auk  have distinctive appearance are a bright or whitish abdomens and dark-black backs, with a characteristic white spot on each side of the head, between the eyes and eye socket.

The Great Auk lived in large colonies along the coast on both sides of the North Atlantic, so far south that remains of the bird are found in Stone Age and Viking Age kitchen middens.The bird’s fate was sealed because it was easy to hunt and butcher.The most famous colony was on the Penguin Islands (called Faroe Island today), which lies north east of Newfoundland. The last Great Auks were killed in 1801-1802. the bird is now extinct. The Great Auk is an example of a bird that was hunted to extinction purely because of a lack of knowledge about its population distribution.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

“Global Warming is Real”

Since several years ago, all scientist of every countries in the world agreed that the global warming have been occurred and will be continued as far no action to recover it. Many countries have been hold the world conferences to discuss this matter. The warnings and recall issues have been announced.The results are  depend on the people interest  how they will anticipate the global  warming effect.

“ Global warming is real and it’s here. There are no longer excuses for inaction”

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Architectural Heritage of New Zealand

New Zealand Post issued commemorative stamp set that features Architectural Heritage on April 3, 2002. The issue comprises of 6 postage stamps depicts  the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Stone store at Kerikeri, the Art Centre at Christchurch, Government Building at Wellington, Railway station at Dunedin, and Sky tower at Auckland.
The Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of New Zealand's most important museums and war memorials. The museum have  collections concentrate on New Zealand history (and especially the history of the Auckland Region), natural history, as well as military history.
The museum is also one of the most iconic Auckland buildings, constructed in the neo-classicist style, and sitting on a grassed plinth (the remains of a dormant volcano) in the Auckland Domain, a large public park close to the Auckland Central Business District.


Saturday, 10 March 2012

Traditional Dances of Korea Republic

On April 10, 2008, Korea Post issued stamp set features the traditional dance on 4 postage stamps as  promotion  stamps to the 24th International Stamp Exhibition – Philakorea 2009. The classic dance depicted are fan dance, solo dance for cleansing, monk’s dance and dance of peace.
Fan dance or Buchaechum is a traditional form of Korean dance, usually performed by groups of female dancers. This dance performs  for celebrations. They use fans painted with pink peony blossoms and display a show of dance.

In the dance being performed, the dancers represent images using the fans e.g. flowers, butterflies and waves. They wear hanbok, the Korean traditional dress in bright colors.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Edible Crops on Botswana’s stamp

Botswana Post has been issued the stamp set features edible crops on June 15, 2005. The issue comprises of 4 postage stamp depicts species bean, millet, sorghum, and watermelon as member of edible crop plants. 

Bean  is a common name for large plant seeds of several genera of the family Fabaceae used for human food or animal feed and  have significant amounts of fiber and soluble fiber, with one cup of cooked beans providing between nine and 13 grams of fiber. Soluble fiber can help lower blood cholesterol. Beans are also high in protein, complex carbohydrates, foliate, and iron.

The  major type of bean is the broad bean (Vicia faba),  which only 3.7 million tonnes were grown in 2007. The commercial production of beans is well-distributed worldwide, with countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, South and North America all among the top bean growers.  

Friday, 2 March 2012

Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction

Devoted to the trend issue of Energy Conservation and related effort, State Post Bureau China National Philatelic Corporation issued stamp set on June 5, 2010. The issue composed of two stamp depicts  posters of energy conservation and emission reduction that will recall every one in the world to consider it and to follow the recommend action by government to eliminate the global warming effect.

Energy conservation are  efforts that made to reduce energy consumption. Energy conservation can be achieved through increased efficient energy use,with  decreasing energy consumption and/or reducing the consumption of conventional energy sources.
The implementation of Energy conservation will  result more benefit effects  such as :  the     increasing  of financial capital, environmental quality, national security, personal security, and human comfort.
Individuals and organizations that are direct consumers of energy choose to conserve energy to reduce energy costs and promote economic security. Industrial and commercial users can increase energy use efficiency to maximize profit.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the burning of fossil fuels has contributed to the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from 280 ppm to 390 ppm, despite the uptake of a large portion of the emissions through various natural "sinks" involved in the carbon cycle (^ ESRL Web Team (2008-01-14). "Trends in carbon dioxide". Retrieved 2011-09-11.) Increment of carbon dioxide will generate the greenhouse effect.