Sunday, 30 September 2012

Polar Bears against the Global Warming

 

Global warming is the rise in the average temperature of Earth's atmosphere and oceans since the late 19th century and still in continuation. Since the early 20th century, Earth's mean surface temperature has increased by about 0.8 °C (1.4 °F), with about two-thirds of the increase occurring since 1980. Warming is expected to be strongest in the Arctic and would be associated with the continuing retreat of glaciers, permafrost and sea ice.

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In relation with the issue of global warming, Greenland Post issued the commemorative stamps on a nicely designed miniature sheet  which features the damaging effects of global warming in mind and how this is causing major problems to the population of Polar Bears in Greenland and the surrounding areas. The miniature sheet comprises of two postage stamps which released on the first of May 2010.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Tourist Stamps of Iceland

 
The stamp series has been issued  to show the unique beauty of Icelandic nature by Iceland Post on January 26, 2012. The issue comprises of two postage stamps depicted the Landmannalaugar area and Lake Hnausapollur . The issued stamps have designed by Oscar Bjarnason.

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The Landmannalaugar area is a popular tourist destination east of the volcano Hekla. Tourists visit the area in summer, after which time the road is closed.
Landmannalaugar are located close to natural geothermal hot springs, also popular with tourists. The area displays a number of unusual geological elements, like the multicolored rhyolite mountains and expansive lava fields which connect to one of Iceland‘s most active geothermal area.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Irish Music


Ireland Post delighted to announce that recently the Irish music is known and enjoyed the world over by issuing  the unique stamp set features four group bands on November 7, 2006. The depicted group bands which bringing Irish music to a worldwide audience are The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem (1960s), The Dubliners (1970s), The Chieftains (1980s), and Altan (1990s).

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The Dubliners formed in 1962 from backroom sessions in O’Donoughue’s bar, Dublin. The Dubliners arrival on the folk scene heralded an irreverent and robust new dimension to the genre.


The multi-talented group features the raw impassioned vocal power of Ronnie Dew and Luke Kelly, the virtuoso banjo-playing of Barney McKenna and the multi-instrumental talent of John Sheehan.

Their well-known album are ‘Finnegan’s Wake’, ‘Seven Drunken Nights’ and ‘Drinking’ and Courting’

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Icelandic Contemporary Design 2012


Iceland Post issued the third series of stamps dedicated to Icelandic contemporary design on March 22, 2012. In this time  the issue comprises of 4 postage stamps  depicted design of shoes and stockings, dress, wool sweater, clothing for rescue workers.


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Shoe and stockings are design by Hugrun Dogg Arnadottir and Magni Thorsteinsson.  Under their company name is KronKron , the shoe lines have been noted for innovative design. Their design is characterized by joy and romance with creative use of colors.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Inland Waterways of Ireland


Ireland Post issued the stamp set featuring stunning photography by Walter Pfeiffer, Ireland’ inland waterways on October 20, 2006. The issue comprises of 4 beautiful stamps, depicts the Grand Canal at Cornalour, the river Barrow at Graignmanagh, the river Shannon at Meelick Pier, the Belturbet Marina on the river Erne in County Cavan. 


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The  Barrow Navigation as the waterway links the cities of Waterford and Dublin, and flows through several significant town along the way. This work start in 1761 and it was completed in 120 km long and contained 32 locks. The Barrow Navigation was constructed involved the complex series of canals and weirs to control the natural fall of the water, in order to provide sufficient depth for boats.

Friday, 7 September 2012

The String Musical Instruments – Espana 2012

 
On April 02, 2012, Espana Post  has issued the stamp set consist of five postage stamps which features the five string musical instruments originating from different parts of the world , like : the Harp, the  Balalaika, the Banjo, the Sitar and the Rebec.


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The harp has been played since ancient times by the people of Mesopotamia and Egypt from where it was introduced into Greece and Asia.

The harp is a multi-stringed instrument which has the plane of its strings positioned perpendicularly to the sound-board. Various types of harps are found in Africa, Europe, North and South America and in Asia.

The harp also was predominant with medieval bards, troubadors and minnesingers throughout the Spanish Empire. Harps continued to grow in popularity through improvements in their design and construction through the beginning of the 20th century.

Harps are essentially triangular and are made primarily of wood. They are composed of the soundboard, a neck, resonator and strings. Harp strings may be made of nylon, gut, wire or silk.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

VINTAGE CARS – Espana 2012

 
In contributing the development of the Spanish auto-mobile industry, Espana Post issued a four stamps souvenir sheet feature the Vintage Cars on May 30, 2012. The Vintage Cars were depicted are the Citroën C-11, the Renault Dauphini, the SEAT 600, and The Simca 1000. 

 
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In 1934 the Citroën C-11, a new model of car, was staged at the Paris Motor Show, and together with the Citroën C-7 incorporated for the first time the Traction Avant, or front-wheel drive.
It was considered a very advanced vehicle at the time  wherein the chassis and the body itself were an inseparable unit. In July 1957 production of this model ended. In 1957 the French brand settled in Spain under the name Citroén Hispania.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The Ceramic of Manises – Spanish Ceramic

 
Devoting to the Ceramic of Manises, on September 05, 2011, the Spanish Post has issued the stamp set which comprised of same value of stamps. The ceramic of Manises depicted on stamps are a water jug, a vase, a plate and a modernist bottle.

In the XIX century ceramics of Manises, the most common pieces are the multicolored and popular type ones such as small plates, pieces of china decorated with the ornaments brides wore on their wedding days, water jugs and octagonal plates, amongst other common items.

The motifs are mainly floral, but there are also birds, animals, human figures and architecture depicted. Late XIX century decoration depicts scenes of everyday life, trades, etc. In the XX century, Manises ceramics had a significant impact on Modernism.

 
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The XIX century water jug is crafted in a potter’s wheel with embossed decorations, glazed earthenware and polychrome decoration. It depicts landscapes with architecture, bouquets of flowers and a heart of Jesus, as well as the initials of its owner, D. José Sanchís.









Monday, 3 September 2012

The Titanic – Ship of Dreams

 

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On April 02, 2012, The Isle of Man Post Office presents a set of six stamps to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the loss of RMS Titanic after striking an iceberg. It is one of the deadliest maritime disasters in peacetime history, more than 1,500 passengers and crew died in the early hours of 15th April 1912.

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Captained by Edward John Smith, one of the company’s most respected and experienced officers, and billed as the largest and most luxurious ship in the world.

The trip had begun five days earlier when 914 passengers boarded the liner with 884 members of crew, including a squash professional, swimming pool lifeguards, Turkish bath attendants and a chaperone for single women in third class .

Then  Titanic steamed into the Channel and headed for Cherbourg, where a further 274 passengers joined the voyage and then on to Queenstown, in southern Ireland, where they picked up a further 136 passengers and the Irish mail. At 1.30pm on 11th April, Titanic headed into the Atlantic for what was expected to be a six-day voyage.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Fado Music in Portugal

 
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Fado is a music genre which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins.On November 27, 2011, Fado was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.
There are two main varieties of fado, namely those of the cities of Lisbon and Coimbra. The Lisbon style is the more popular, while Coimbra's is the more classic style. .

On April 03, 2011, Portugal Post released the stamp set feature their original genre music, Fado. The issue comprised of six postage stamps depicted the related famous  individuals with the genre and one souvenir sheet presented the painting of Fado by a painter Jose Malhoa which consist of only one stamp.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Water and residues – Azores (Portugal)


All known forms of life depend on water. Water is vital both as a solvent in which many of the body's solutes dissolve and as an essential part of many metabolic processes within the body. Without water, these particular metabolic processes could not exist.

Therefore Azoes (Portugal) Post issued the stamp set features four  figures that can remind the people to care about the availability and quality of water in the world. The issue consist of 4 postage stamps and released on September 30, 2011.

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The human body contains from 55% to 78% water, depending on body size. To function properly, the body requires between one and seven liters of water per day to avoid dehydration; the precise amount depends on the level of activity, temperature, humidity, and other factors. Most of this is ingested through foods or beverages other than drinking straight water.
It is not clear how much water intake is needed by healthy people, though most advocates agree that approximately 2 liters (6 to 7 glasses) of water daily is the minimum to maintain proper hydration.