Friday, 31 August 2012

Visit Jersey – Europa 2012

 
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Following the theme set by Post Europ for 2012, the stamps set highlights four of the many reasons to ʻvisit Jerseyʼ. The stamps have designed by Colleen Corlett and have issued on January 10, 2012.
The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey is situated 14 miles from the Cotentin Peninsula, in Normandy, France and enjoys a particularly favourable climate during the summer months. For many years, tourism has been one of the islandʼs greatest industries .
 
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GOURMET JERSEY

Jerseyʼs forty-five square miles are largely made up of unspoilt countryside and arable land. Steep south-facing slopes can be seen around the island, used extensively for farming the world-famous Jersey Royal Potato and other crops.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Europa 2012 - visit the Faroe Islands

 
The interest for the Faroes as a travel destination is rapidly growing.  In December last year, The Daily Mail recommended the Faroes as one of the ten best destinations in 2012.There are valid reasons for that such as : unspoiled environment and culture, well-established infrastructure and good accommodations are attractive for tourists who seek something different than just days in the sun. The rough beauty of the country is legendary and stimulates the senses.

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On April 30, 2012, The Post of Faroe Islands following the chosen theme of EUROPE  stamps this year issued the stamp set features  a tiny glimpse of what you could expect from an active holiday on the Faroes.The issue consist of two postage stamp depicted the panorama of the Faroes Island. Hikes and trips in the grandious nature – by land or by sea. To take a peek into the abyss from a sharp mountain-edge on one of the northern islands – or a high speed and extreme cruise below the enormous bird-cliffs of Suðuroy – just a couple of the exiting activities that wait for you

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Wetland Conservation of Iceland


Concerning  to the Wetland conservation, Iceland post has issued one single stamp , which designed  Hlynur Ólafsson and  Jón Baldur Hlíðberg on September 15, 2011. The issue stamp depicted bird and its habitat.
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Wetland conservation is of special significance for bird life. There are three Ramsar-areas in Iceland, Mývatn og Laxá, Grunnafjörður and Þjórsárver.
 
Brooks, rivers, ponds, lakes, marshes and swamps are among the areas categorized as wetlands, often regarded as the kidneys of the earth since they act as filtration systems for Mother Nature.

In many places wetlands are the base of human food production. Around 80% of natural wetlands in Europe and America have been destroyed. The draining of wetlands has decreased significantly in Iceland due to changed social conditions.



Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Jersey Music


Jersey Post  has commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  by issuing a set of six stamps depicting a selection of orchestral musical instruments with a background of sheet music on November 15th,  2011. The stamp designer is  Nick Shewring.

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All of the music's has been performed by the Jersey Symphony Orchestra and, on each stamp, the part pertain to the particular instrument has been highlighted.

Monday, 27 August 2012

THE CARNIVAL OF VENICE


The carnival was born in Venice and has very ancient origins. This celebration dates back to 1094, when the Doge Vitale Faliero inserted for the first time in its official documents. San Marino has decided to celebrate this event with a stamp set inspired by the essential symbol of Carnival Masks on February 6, 2004. The issue consist of two postage stamps  depicted the situation of the parties.

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During busy periods in addition to the parties in the buildings, where the nobility wore expensive costumes products for the occasion, in the streets you could see jugglers and acrobats, animal trainers of exotic animals imported from more distant lands, or performances of acrobats that created of human high columns.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Green Energy in Iceland


Iceland has a unique position concerning to energy. The proportion of renewable energy sources is high. Icelanders use more energy per capita than any other country.
 
With  a stamp designer, Hlynur Ólafsson, Iceland Post to commemorate their capacity of green energy, issued the stamp set on March 2012. The issue comprised of 4 postage stamps features the source of energy and the production of their country.

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In 2008 approximately 80% of the total national energy consumption came from domestic and renewable energy sources. Geothermal heat has been used for heating by 90% of households in the country.

Rivers are a great source of energy and Iceland has around 37 hydroelectric power plants and approximately 200 smaller power plantsLandsvirkjun was established for the purpose of constructing power plants providing electricity to heavy industries.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Top Gear - The Challenges

 

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On May 5, 2011, Isle of Man Post Office has issued  this set of six stamps featuring a selection of the most bizarre and ingenious automotive challenges featured on the most popular motoring programmed on British television.
The issue comprised of 5 postage stamps depicted    the bravest and most innovative transport solutions created by Clarkson, Hammond and May in the course of Top Gear's most fiendish challenges.

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Over the years, Top Gear has waged war on caravans and motorhomes, destroying these slow-moving, jack-knifing road menaces in ever more inventive ways. But how would our intrepid presenters respond to the challenge of building their own compact-yet-stylish motorhomes?
Richard devised a Land Rover Defender that transformed into a three-bedroom bungalow, James converted his Lotus into a streamlined 'aero-pod' while Jeremy built a two-storey modernist Citroen. Then they set out on a nice beach holiday in Cornwall, where their trio of modified motorhomes proved to be both impractical and entirely dangerous. One of them didn't return...

Friday, 24 August 2012

Mountain Flowers of the Faroe Islands


The Faroe Islands Post issue the stamp set feature the indigenous Faroese plant, and call it as mountain flower on April 26, 2011. The issue comprised of two postage stamps depicted species; Red campion (Silene dioica) and Wood cranesbill (Geranium sylvaticum ).They are considered to be an indigenous Faroese plant, i.e. it was brought to the islands by the wind, ocean currents or birds and not by human activity.


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Red campion or Silene dioica is a member of the carnation family, of the genus Silene. The Faroese name bjargablóma (mountain flower) is given to the flower because it is a mountain-dwelling wildflower that grows in attractive dense cushions with pink and occasionally white flowers.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Gibraltar International Jazz Festival

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The Gibraltar International Jazz Festival is the first to be organized on the Rock and has been produced by Gibraltar’s Ministry of Culture in conjunction with the Gibraltar Jazz Society. The Jazz Festival is held at the centrally located Casemates Square, Gibraltar on the 28th, 29th and 30th June 2012.

To promote this event, Gibraltar Post issued a stamp set consist of only one stamp depicted musical  instruments and marked by text “Gibraltar International Jazz Festival” on June 15, 2012. The other issue is FDC which depicted same image with the stamp.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Marine Fauna of Norway

 
Norway Post  has issued the stamp series features their marine fauna such as : shrimp, lobster, and crab on September 21, 2007. The issue stamps consist of 4 single stamps depicted Pink shrimp (Pandalus montagui), European lobster (Homarus gammarus), Edible brown crab (Cancer pagurus), Squat lobster (Galathea strigosa). 
 
 
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Pink shrimp

Pandalus montagui  is a species of cold-water shrimp in the family Pandalidae. It is the type species of the genus Pandalus and is variously known as the pink shrimp, Aesop shrimp and Aesop prawn . Its range extends from Greenland and Iceland, the Arctic Ocean and northern Atlantic Ocean, south to Rhode Island and the British Isles.

Pandalus montagui is an omnivore, predator and scavenger. The diet consists mainly of small crustaceans such as copepods, hydroids and polychaete worms. Pandalus montagui is a translucent, pinkish shrimp, generally growing to about 5 centimetres  long. The colour is due to a number of red chromatophores and there are also a few short red streaks running obliquely on the carapace.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Nutritional Native Cereals of Boilivia - 2011



Bolivia Post (Empresa de Correos de Bolivia) has issued the stamp series features the Nutritional native cereals on July 5, 2011. The issue stamps comprise of 4 single stamps depicted species Chenopodium quinoa, Chenopodium pallidicaule, Amaranthus, Lupinus mutabilis. All species  found in  Bolivia,  other South American country like Peru.

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Chenopodium Quinoa is a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

SEPAC – Snæfellsnes National Park


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The Iceland Post has issued the third of SEPAC stamp series  with landscape theme, Snæfellsjökull (Snæfell Glacier) National Park. Former motifs for the Icelandic SEPAC stamps were Jökulsárgljúfur and Skaftafell.
Snæfellsjökull National Park was founded by a legislation on nature conservation in June 2001 and is the fourth national park in Iceland. The area is characterized by its extremely diverse geology. Formerly it was the site of hectic activity with up to 60 fishing boats and 300-400 seamen during the fishing season.
Source: Iceland Post Information.