Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Tomos Colibri T 12–Legendary Moped

On September 23, 2011,  Slovenia Post issued the commemorative stamp set of the Tomos Colibri T12 as a legendary moped. The issue only one stamp depicted model of Tomos Colibri T12.

The Tomos Colibri T 12 is a legendary moped which was first produced in 1961. The moped was powered by a two-stroke motor with a displacement of 49 cm3, which generated a peak power of 1.7 kW, and with the help of a three-speed manual transmission reached a top speed of 60 km/h.


Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Gastronomy of Slovenia 2011

 
Slovenia Post proudly to issue stamp set features the specific gastronomy of their country, like Bled kremšnita or cream slice and Loška smojka  on January 25, 2011. The issue stamp were designed by Edi Berk.
The story behind of stamp was created by Janez Bogataj, PhD. Then summarized as following:


Bled kremšnita or cream slice
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One of the famed delicacies produced by the popular resort of Bled is its sweet kremšnita, or cream slice. The Pastry chef , Ištvan Lukačević  spread vanilla cream on a layer of puff pastry, then on top of that a thinner layer of whipped sweet cream, then a layer of puff pastry, a dusting of icing sugar, and there was the Bled cream slice. Today this dessert treat is one of the biggest attractions of Bled.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Vintage cars

 
The Foroyar Post issued the commemorative stamp set features the vintage cars of the Faroe Islands on September 28, 2011. The issue composed of three postage stamps were designed by Edward fuglø.
Each vintage car featured on the stamps the black lorry was the first vehicle to arrive in the Faroe Islands in 1922,  the red bus that operated between Vestmanna, Kvívík and Kollafjørður was converted from a tanker, and the home-made ‘De Luxe Model’ on the third stamp was the first car on the island to have a cassette player and loudspeakers.
 
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The first car on the Faroe Islands

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Historic Old Town Centre of Vienna - UNESCO World Heritage Site


 
On 5 November 2010, Osterreich Post AG of Austria issued one commemorative stamp  depicts Vienna City which designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century.

The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Indigenous People–UNPA 2009


Indigo People
The United Nation Postal Administration issued the first commemorative stamp series consist of 18  postage stamps in mini-sheet format on October 8, 2009. The issue presented the Indigenous People on three mini-sheet format which each mini-sheet consist of 6 postage stamps.


The miniature sheet depicts the indigenous people of:
Top row: Beach Baby (Seychelles 2001), Bario Baseball (Malaysia 2006), Welcom to Beswick (Australia 2003)
Bottom row: Karen Long Neck Bling(Thailand 2007), Temple Rain Man (Indonesia 2006), Break from Dancing (Tanzania 2001)

The second series of the indigenous people from UNPA have been presented in the previous submission in this blog : "Indigenous People on UNPA's Stamp - 2nd series"

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Reuse and Recycle Precious Resources

 
The principal 3R’s of reduce, reuse and recycle have been considered to be a base of environmental awareness and a way of promoting ecological balance through conscious behavior and choices.
Therefore Korean Post issued the commemorative stamp set feature the Reuse and Recycle part of the principal 3R’s: Reduce, reuse and recycle. The issue consist of 2 postage stamp and depicts poster graphs presented the importance of the ecological balance.
 
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It is generally accepted that these patterns of behavior and consumer choices will lead to savings in materials and energy which will benefit the environment.
 
Reuse is  elements process of the discarded item are used again. Initiatives include second used, garage sales, quilting, travel mugs, and composting (nutrients). 


Monday, 20 February 2012

Extreme Endeavours


Royal Mail of Great Britain commemorates six extraordinary achievements for the last century by issue the stamp set on April 29, 2003. The issue stamps feature six major team and individual accomplishments, tackled on diverse terrain - polar, mountain, water, air and desert - and often against the fiercest of elements. These stamps are designed by Howard Brown. The chosen extraordinary persons are Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Amy Johnson,  Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, Sir Francis Charles Chichester,  and Robert Falcon Scott.
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Sir Edmund Hillary (born 1919) & Tenzing Norgay (1914-1986)
Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed as having reached the summit of Mount Everest.They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt.

In return, the 37 members of the party received the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal with MOUNT EVEREST EXPEDITION engraved on the rim. The group was surprised by the international acclaim. Hillary and Hunt were knighted by the young queen,while Tenzing received either the British Empire Medal, or the George Medal from the British Government for his efforts with the expedition.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Motorcycles


Royal Mail  released the stamp set devoted to the classic motorcycles on July 19, 2005. The stamp set features Norton F1-1991, BSA Rocket 3-1969,  Vincent Black Shadow 1949, Triump Speed Twin 1938, Brough Superior SS100-1930, Royal Enfield T140-1914.
 
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Norton F1 – 1991
The F1 is a road-going sports model that Norton based on its RCW588 racing motorcycle. The F1 was offered in only one livery: black with gold decals and grey and gold stripes, to reflect John Player's sponsorship of Norton's race team. It was distinctive for using a 588 cc liquid-cooled twin-rotor Wankel engine. This unit was developed from the motor in the Norton Commander.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Birds of the National Park Hutovo Blato


B & H Croatian Post Mostar as Post Authorities of Bosnia Herzegovina issued the second series of birds devoted to the National Park Hutovo Blato on November 1, 2009. The issue comprised of 4 postage stamps featuring species of birds like: Black-crowned Night-Heron, Common Quail, Water rail, and  Common Cuckoo .

Hutovo Blato is on the list of BirdLife International's Important Bird Areas. It is the largest reserve of its kind in the region, in terms of both size and diversity. It is home to over 240 types of migratory birds and dozens that make their permanent home in the sub-Mediterranean wetlands surrounding Deransko Lake.
In the migration season, tens of thousands of birds fill the lake and its surroundings. Every winter over 200 species of birds find their shelter inside this untouched nature.
 
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The Black-crowned Night-Heron is the most widespread heron in the world. It is most active at dusk and at night, feeding in the same areas that other heron species frequent during the day.

Their habitat is various wetland habitats, including salt, brackish, and freshwater marshes, swamps, streams, lakes, and agricultural fields. Their diet are aquatic invertebrates, fish, amphibians, lizards, snakes, rodents, eggs, and other foods.The Black-crowned Night-Heron may nest in the same tree with ibises or other herons.
The populations overall is  stable with status  as Least Concern in the IUCN List.  Because of wide distribution and feeding habits, the Black-crowned Night-Heron is an excellent indicator of ecosystem health.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Global Warming in Bolivia


Concerning the Global Warming issue , Bolivia Post released the stamp set which composed of 2 postage stamp depicted  Nevado Chacaltaya on 20 April 2010. The Chacaltaya glacier has melted due to the effect of Global Warming.
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Chacaltaya is a mountain in the Cordillera Real, one of the mountain ranges of the Cordillera Oriental, itself a range of the Bolivian Andes. Its elevation is 5,421 meters.
 
 
Nevado Chacaltaya, with a latitude of -16.33 (16° 19' 60 S) and a longitude of -68.13 (68° 7' 60 W), is a hypsographic (mountain) located in the area / state of La Paz in Bolivia that is a part of South America. A 100 square km area around Nevado Chacaltaya has an aproximate population of 815160 (0.008152 persons per square meter) and an average elevation of 3695 meters above the sea.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Prunus domestica – Bosnia & Herzegovina


Bosnia & Herzegovina Post (B&H Croatian Post Mostar) issued the flora stamp set feature Prunus domestica, often called”plum” in common English, on the first of November 2009. The issue composed of two postage stamp with the uniform nominal value. 

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Prunus domestica  called “plums” is a Prunus species with many varieties. There are not all plums belong to this species.
Its hybrid parentage from  Prunus spinosa and Prunus cerasifera var. divaricata.

This is the most commonly grown plum at least in Europe, and most prunes (dried plums) are made from fruits of this species.


Typically it forms a large shrub or a small tree. It may be somewhat thorny, with white flowers, borne in early spring. The fruit varies in size, but can be up to 8 cm across, and is usually sweet, but can be rather acid in some varieties.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Bird of Prey from Hutovo Blato


On the first of November 2008 ,  B & H Croatian Post Mostar of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued the stamp set feature bird of Prey from Nature Reserve Hutovo Blato. The issue depicted Northern Goshawk, Kestrel, Eagle Owl, and the Short-toed Snake Eagle.
Hutovo Blato is a nature reserve and bird reserve located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 30 km from City of Mostar and near the Croatian border. It is stretches over an area of about 7,411 ha and  primarily composed of marshlands that were created by the underground aquifer system of the Krupa River. It is fed from the limestone massif of Ostrvo that divides the Deransko Lake and Svitavsko Lake
 
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The Northern Goshawk is the largest member of the genus Accipiter. It is a raptor with short, broad wings and a long tail, both adaptations to manoeuvring through trees in the forests it lives and nests in.The Northern Goshawk, like all accipiters, exhibits sexual dimorphism, where females are significantly larger than males.The Northern Goshawk / Accipiter gentilis, is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes other diurnal raptors, such as eagles, buzzards and harriers.





Thursday, 9 February 2012

The Smurfs - 50th Anniversary of the Smurfs


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The 50th anniversary of the Smurfs and the 80th anniversary of the birth of its creator Peyo, were celebrated by issuing a high-value collectors' coin: the Belgian 5 euro 50th anniversary of The Smurfs commemorative coin, minted in 2008. Then Belgium Post Issued the celebrating stamp “50th Anniversary of the Smurfs” in souvenir sheet and another 10 pieces of postage stamps depicts all characters of the smurfs.


The Smurfs was named the 97th best animated series by IGN. They called it "kiddie cocaine" for people growing up during the 1980s.
In honor of their 50th anniversary in 2008, the Smurfs began a year long "Happy Smurfday Euro Tour" in connection with UNICEF. The Smurfs visited 15 European countries on the day of their 50th "Smurfday" in the form of publicly-distributed white figurines. In 2011,a film came out named The Smurfs.

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The Smurfs  is a comic and television franchise centered on a group of small blue fictional creatures called Smurfs, created and first introduced as a series of comic strips by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) on October 23, 1958
In the Johan and Peewit stories, the Smurf village is made up of mushroom-like houses of different shapes and sizes in a desolate and rocky land with just a few trees.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Lady Slipper Orchid – Austria


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Austria Post released the single stamp feature the flower Lady Sliper Orchid on January 15, 2008.
Lady's slipper orchids , also known as lady slipper orchids are the orchids in the subfamily Cypripedioidea, which includes the genera Cypripedium, Mexipedium, Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium and Selenipedium. Lady's slipper orchids are characterized by the slipper-shaped pouches (modified labellums) of the flowers – the pouch traps insects so they are forced to climb up past the staminode, behind which they collect or deposit pollinia, thus fertilizing the flower.
Lady slipper orchid is also known in the United States of America as the moccasin flower, from its resemblance to a shoe or moccasin.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Tagetes patula–Marigold Flower


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La Poste De Post Belgique issued the stamp feature marigold flower or tagetes patula on September 2008.
The French marigold (Tagetes patula) is a species in the daisy family (Asteraceae) and native to the Americas and South Europe.The flower is an annual, growing to 0.5 m by 0.3 m. Flowering from July to October, and the seeds ripen in September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (having both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. They are noted for attracting wildlife. The leaves of the marigold are coated with oily glands that produce a pungent scent.
The whole plant is harvested when in flower and distilled for its essential oil. The oil is used in perfumery.The plant is used in companion planting for many vegetable crops. Its root secretions kill nematodes in the soil and it is said to repel harmful insects, such as white fly amongst tomatoes. (Resources from Wikipedia and Belgium Post information)
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Friday, 3 February 2012

The Grand Pipe Organs of the Grand Duchy III


On December 02, 2008 , Luxembourg Post issued the third collection of special postage stamps traces in sound and vision the History of some of the most beautiful pipe organs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and is part of a special series which began in 2006.

Junglinster
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The Junglinster instrument has a magnificent casework dating from 1783.  In 1887, the manufacturer of the actual version, Charles Wetzel of Strasbourg, installed the organ at Junglinster. It was only in 1939 that it received a pedal with a stop of 16’, now making 14 stops available for the organist. This last upgrade was conducted by George Haupt of Lintgen.