Friday, 30 November 2012

Veteran Car – Liechtenstein

 
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Philately Liechtenstein  will issue the new, five-part series of stamps,  classic cars.This series have been starting with theme the so-called veteran cars, so still roadworthy classic cars, which are placed on special occasions in traffic.

Using  the  motor  Veterans   clubs   Liechtenstein  four vehicles were selected, which were all  produced  before 1921 and are in collections in Liechtenstein.


The CHF 0.85 stamp depicts  the oldest model of a rare Brasier racing in 1908. Henri Brasier was a French engineer who built in 1901 in a suburb of Paris automobiles.

The Britons of Distinction 2012


Royal Mail of Great Britain  issued  the Briton of Distinction stamp series on February 23, 2012.  
Same as the previous issued, the  issue are featuring  portraits  of five of our distinguished subjects and depictions of the other five’s greatest achievements, such as: Sir Basil Spence, Mary Morris, Odette Hallowes , Thomas Newcomen, Kathleen Mary Ferrier, Augustus Pugin, Montague Rhodes James, Alan Turing, and  Joan Mary Fry.

 
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Sir Basil Urwin Spence, OM, OBE, RA was a Scottish architect , who created Coventry Cathedral in England amongst other fine buildings. Born to German parents in Yorkshire, Frederick Delius composed some of the most quintessentially English pieces in the pastoral canon.

In 1950, a competition was launched to find the most suitable design from a Commonwealth of Nations architect to reconstruct Coventry Cathedral .  Spence's radical design was ultimately chosen amongst over 200 entries .

Coventry Cathedral construction  began in 1956 and the structure was completed in 1962. Spence was knighted in 1960 for his work at Coventry, while the cathedral was still being built.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Hong Kong Working Dogs in Government Services

 
Hong Kong Post issued a set of six special stamps to portray the working dogs from six government departments on duty with their handlers,on June 19, 2012.
 
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A number of government departments in Hong Kong have set up working dog units to assist their staff in performing various duties and Hong Kong Post are recognizing six of these working dogs in this special stamp issue. 

The $5 stamp on the stamp sheetlet features six working dogs in government services. Lined up neatly on parade and looking vigilant, the dogs stand ready to assist officers of various government departments in fulfilling their tasks such as quarantine inspection, narcotics interdiction, investigation and patrol, contributing greatly to the maintenance of law and order and the safeguarding of public safety.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Morris & Co - Inspiration and Realization


To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Morris and Company, inspired by   their  revolution in decoration , Royal Mail of Great Britain issued a set of six stamps feature the breadth of the company’s work on May 05, 2011.
 

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Morris was the main driving force however, putting his love of medieval aesthetics and respect for handcrafted work into the creation of countless beautiful objects, from furniture and painted tiles to embroideries and stained glass windows.

The 1st stamp above shown the Cherries decorative panel designed by Phillip Webb in 1867 . This is  courtesy  Victoria and Albert Museum, London .





The fourth of Spanish Popular Dances - 2009


Espana Post continued to issue the stamp series to tribute the Spanish Popular dances . In the fourth series, Espana Post released two stamps are featuring the Muñeira and El Fandango dances  become part of the stamp series of Spanish  popular dances  on July 22, 2009.



The Muñeira, is the most characteristic dance of Galicia. Of uncertain origin, some authors link this dance with ancient pre-Roman dances, while others do so to the festivals celebrated in the mills while waiting to collect the flour.

The dance takes several steps as counties and begins with the formation of rows of men and women, face to face, forming a loose dancing together. The man plays with energetic and impetuous movements points, twists and spins with his arms raised, and she does so shy and slow movements and lower arms.

It consists of at least two parts: the extent of variety depending on the skill of each dancer and the volta, or wheel that makes the dancers and that change in position. It is accompanied with music of bagpipes, drums and tambourines. 


Thursday, 22 November 2012

Fiji’s Bananas


All bananas belong to the genus Musa of the family Musaceae. Bananas are tropic plant that has long been a main stay of Fiji’s subsistence and economy.

All Fiji bananas have a taste far superior to that of insipid artificially ripened kinds that make it to the supermarkets of temperate climes.

To tribute this specific fruit, Fiji Post Limited issued a set of four stamps feature four type of banana on September 23 , 2008. The Fiji’s bananas depicted on stamps are Jaina or Musa sapientum, Jaina senikau or Musa velutina, Liganimarama or lady-fingers, and  Vudi or Musa AAB.



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Jaina or Musa sapientum

This banana originated in China. In 1848 introduced by the London Missionary Society to various islands of the Pacific including Tonga and Fiji.

The veimama variety of this banana was one that regularly exported to New Zealand during the twentieth century.









Tuesday, 20 November 2012

“Forests for People”

 
The United Nations Postal  Administration issued stamps to commemorate the International Year of Forests on 13 October 2011 The main theme for the International Year of Forests 2011 is "Forests for People".  The issue comprise of three stamps feature the dynamic relationship between forests and the people who depend on them.

United Nations concerned the importance of forest for ecology system, as said by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, "By declaring 2011 as the International Year of Forests, the United Nations General Assembly has created an important platform to educate the global community about the great value of forests - and the extreme social, economic and environmental costs of losing them".

 
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The global observance comes at a time when there has been a much wider recognition of the role that sustainably managed forests play in everything from mitigating climate change to providing wood, medicines and livelihoods for people around the world.
 
The world's forests cover one third of the Earth's land surface. Forests help to maintain the fertility of agricultural land, protect water sources and reduce the risks of natural disasters. 














 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Comics on Stamps


Comics as an art form established itself in the late 19th and early 20th century, alongside the similar forms of film and animation. Comic have been alive with us since Victorian times.
Royal Mail have researched and collect the most and popular comics and comic characters of the  last 75 years. They have  pleased to present a set of ten stamps features the most memorable comics on March 20, 2012.


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The Dandy is a long-running children's comic published in the United Kingdom by D. C. Thomson & Co. The Dandy, which launched in 1937, has featured characters such as Bananaman, Korky the Cat, Cuddles and Dimples, and Beryl the Peril, along with Desperate Dan. The dandy, in 1973, that began the heyday of British comics. In fact, there can be few amongst us who haven’t  chortled over the adventures of Desperates Dan, the world’s strongest man.
 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Fun and Liberty 2012 – Paragliding and Diving



Two new stamps in the second of  “Fun & Liberty” series released on May 15, 2012 by Luxembourg Post and   presented paragliding and diving.
The 0.60 stamp depicts paragliding sport, and the 0.80 stamp depicts diving.These two stamps were designed by Timo Wuerz.

Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders which divided in categories : lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure.

The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a hollow fabric wing whose shape is formed by its suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.

Despite not using an engine and by skillful exploitation of sources of lift the pilot may gain height, often climbing to altitudes of a few thousand meters.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Italia Tourism 2012.


In yearly, Italian Post issued a stamp series subject to the Italian tourism. On July 19, 2012, they issued a set of  five regular stamps in the “Il Turismo (Tourism) series, dedicated to: Baveno (VB), Montecassino (FR), Maiori (SA), Ustica (PA) and the historic ENIT poster.


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Baveno presented on stamp as  a landscape of this town where the colors of the mountains that surround the town are in harmony with those of the waters of Lake Maggiore .

Baveno is a town and comune in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, part of Piedmont, northern Italy. It is located on the west shore of Lago Maggiore, 13 miles North West of Arona by rail.

To the north-west are the famous red granite quarries and an  historic reach of villas and castles, built in the 19th century. Baveno was occupied in the pre-Roman Iron Age by the Lepontii, a tribe of the Ligures.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Musical Instruments II of Kazakhstan


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The 25 stamp presents musical instrument, Zhelbuaz.This is refers to wind instruments and has a long history 

Zhelbuaz is the part of Kazakh culture, its origin goes deep in antiquity, but it still remains unknown tomany. It looks similar to a leather wineskin. 



This instrument has been found during archaeological excavations, and it is made of goatskin. The fact that this instrument is the Kazakh national wind instrument is proven by the fact that they used to make it from goatskin.

The neck of the zhelbuaz is closed with a special occlusion. In order for the instrument to be worn around the neck, a strong leather cord is attached to it. In recent times this instrument has been rarely used for the concerts of Kazakh national orchestras and folk ensembles.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Hong Kong Festivals - 2012

 
Hong Kong Post delighted to bring an exciting series of stamps for promote the Hong Kong Festival 2012, issued  a set of four single stamps and one stamp presented in souvenir sheet on May 22, 2012. The issue stamps are depicting  all festivals  of  Hong Kong’s  cultures.

 

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Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Chinese people believe that on that day,  the moon is the biggest, roundest and brightest.  And the term round implies family reunion in Chinese.
The Moon Festival is a festival for members of a family to get together wherever it is possible.  Sons and daughters will bring their family members back to their parents' house, typically having dinner together, for a reunion.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Cheeses ( DOP in Italian )


To dedicate the Italian products (Protected Denomination of Origin) , Italian Post pleased to issue a set of four regular stamps in the "Made in Italy" series on March 25, 2011.  
 
The issue stamps are featuring  the dairy products , cheeses like : Gorgonzola, Parmigiano Reggiano, Mozzarella di Bufala Campana and Ragusano. In each of the illustrations, at the bottom on the right is the PDO trademark (Protected Denomination of Origin, DOP in Italian).
 

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Mozzarella di Bufala Campana

Buffalo mozzarella  is a mozzarella made from the milk of the domestic water buffalo. Generally, buffalo mozzarella is enjoyed with pasta, calzone, vegetable, salad, on pizza , on grilled bread, or by itself accompanied by olive oil


Buffalo mozzarella is manufactured in many locations around the world. Some scientists believe that Italy and Bulgaria have the best dairy water buffaloes. In Italy, the cheese is produced in areas ranging from Rome in Lazio to Paestum (near Salerno) in Campania, and there is a production area in near Foggia, Puglia.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Musical Instruments I of Kazakhstan


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Kazpost pleased to issue a set of two stamps feature their traditional musical instruments on May 26, 2003.


The musical instruments depicted on two stamps are Dombyra and Kobyz.
The 25 stamp present Dombyra music instrument. Dombyra or Dongbula is a long-necked lute and a musical string instrument that exists in the culture of the Turkic peoples.



It is considered a folk instrument of the Kazakhs and Nogais. The instrument shares some of its characteristics with the Central Asian komuz and dutar.

The Kazakh dombyra has frets and is played by strumming with the hand or plucking each string individually, with an occasiona l tap on the main surface of the instrument. While the strings are traditionally made of sinew, modern dombras are usually produced using nylon strings.

One of the greatest dombra players is Kazakh folk musician and composer Kurmangazy, which had a great influence on the development of the Kazakh musical culture, including - music for dombra, his musical composition "Adai" popular in Kazakhstan and abroad

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The International Fresh Water


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Freshwater is the important element for life on earth. It is essential for satisfying basic human needs, health, food production, energy and maintenance of regional and global ecosystems. 

In recognition of the central importance of water resources to the planet’s future, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the year 2003 as the International Year of Freshwater. Therefore Post Fiji Limited pleased to release a set of two stamps in one miniature sheet on the 22nd of April 2003.  The issue depicts waterfall in the forest that show how  important the availability of fresh water   as part of a ecosystem in the world.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Longest Beetle in the World


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The titan beetle is the world's largest species of beetle.It is a member of the Cerambycidae family, or “longhorn beetles”. This huge beetle is the longest known beetle in the Amazon rainforest and is found in French Guiana, north Brazil and Columbia.

Post Fiji Limited pleased to dedicated to this species by issuing one imperforate stamp on February 27, 2004. The issue stamp depict the titan beetle as the longest known beetle in the world.

SPANISH POPULAR DANCES I – 2009


Espana Post dedicated to the Spanish cultural heritage and folklore, by issuing  the stamp series entitled dances and folk dances  featuring  the ISA and Sevillanas on April 27, 2009.



Sevillanas dancing are usually in pairs and differentiate four movements: paseíllos, past confrontations and finials in 3 by 4 meter.

It is accompanied by guitar music, the palms clappers and castanets or sticks, popularly known as Andalusia. His fame spread throughout the country, bailándose at fairs, festivals and dance halls, but in a special way during the Feria de Sevilla and the pilgrimage of El Rocío.

From the decade of the sixties took a turn for the Sevillanas, with the emergence of new players, new songs and new musical airs, that continue to respect the original essence and graceful movements of arms and legs.

Charles Dickens


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Charles Dickens was an English writer, generally considered to be the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic novels and characters. He is a philanthropist and tireless campaigner for the poor.

To celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dicken’s birth, Royal Mail pleased to present a set of six single stamps and four stamps in one miniature sheet on June 19, 2012.



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The six stamps feature the characters of his novel, Mr. Bumble, Mr. Pickwick, the Marchioness, Mrs. Gamp, Captain Cuttle, Mr. Micawber and miniature sheet feature the comic strip of his novel Great Expectation.


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The stamp present the character, Mr. Bumble is one  of the novel’s characters  of Oliver Twist.

Mr. Bumble, despite his impressive sense of his own dignity, continually mangles the king's English he tries to use. Around the time of Oliver's ninth birthday, Mr. Bumble, a parish beadle, removes Oliver from the baby farm and puts him to work picking oakum at the main workhouse.

Oliver, who toils with very little food, remains in the workhouse for six months. He escapes and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities. 
 
 Oliver Twist, is notable for Dickens' unromantic portrayal of criminial and their sordid lives, also known as the Parish boy's progress, published by Richard Bentley in 1838.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Formula 1 – 2005 Turkish Grand Prix


The 2005 Turkish Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on August 21 at Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. This was the first Formula One race to take place in Turkey. To commemorate this event Turkey Post issued one stamp depicts this Grand Prix on August 19, 2005.

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Juan Pablo Montoya was comfortably heading for second place on the penultimate lap when he clashed with the Jordan of Tiago Monteiro, damaging the diffuser. On the next lap Montoya ran straight ahead on Turn 8, losing second place to Fernando Alonso. Mean while the first position is Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren- Mercedes)
Felipe Massa lost his front wing and bargeboard in a first corner collision with Nick Heidfeld. After the replacements he managed to continue racing until lap 29 where his engine failed.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Keloglan - Turkish Cartoon Heroes

 
Turkey Post dedicated to the Turkish Cartoon Heroes, Keloglan, a fictional  character from Turkish culture by issuing  a set of four stamps on November 2007. The issue depicts Keloglan characters. Stories about him were staged by Fisko Birlik, Danone Çocuk Tiyatroları and many special societies many times and attracted a lot of attention and applause.
 
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Keloğlan is the most famous and the favourite person of the Turkish children’s tale. Keloğlan has a problem of being bald from birth. He is the substitute of the Anatolian people who can have big dreams who are virtuous, prudent, a little bald, a little romantic and very sportive. He treats the monsters he struggles very well after he defeats them.