Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I am back!

Hi everybody, it has been a while since I last updated this blog. Thousand Apologies! I was in Taipei, ROC for a short break. It was an awesome city!

Received lots of nice covers during this short absence. Today, I shall share with you guys 2 of them.

The first cover travelled from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is my new country #86!! Many thanks to Rodel Evangelista for your help!

This cover was franked with 2 bird definitive stamps, issued in 2009 and 2003 respectively. They feature the UAE’s national bird, "The falcon".

Said Dr Sleiman Najm Khalaf, a heritage expert at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, the falcon stands for valour and chivalry; a bird that fights for itself, that hunts for its food with elegance and ferocity.

The second cover for today was posted from England. The extreme left stamp belongs to the 1987 Europa series, entitled "British Architects in Europe ". The four stamps in this set depict Willis Faber and Dumas Building, Ipswich (18p), Pompidou Centre, Paris (22p), Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (31p) & European Investment Bank, Luxembourg (34p).

Next, we have a beautiful Barn Owl stamp from the Millennium Projects (1st Series). "Above and Beyond" issue, released on 18 Jan 2000.

Franked on the top right corner is a stamp issued on 12 August 1981 to commemorate the "25th Anniversary of Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme". The stamps in this series depict 'Expeditions' (14p), 'Skills' (18p), 'Service' (22p) & 'Recreation' (25p).

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (or DofE), is a programme of activities that can be undertaken by anyone aged 14 to 25, regardless of personal ability. DofE programmes can on average take anywhere between 1 year and 3/4 years to complete, depending upon the route taken, and around 275,000 participants are taking part in their DofE Programme at any time in the United Kingdom. It began in the United Kingdom and is popular in the Commonwealth. The Award is also run in other countries by the International Award Association.

The 2 stamps on the bottom row belong to "Gallantry - 50th Anniversary of the George Cross" series, issued on 11 Sept 1990 and "English Medieval Embroidery" Christmas series, issued on 24 Nov 1976.

The Christmas stamps in this set depict "Virgin and Child" (6½p), "Angel with Crown" (8½p), "Angel appearing to Shepherds" (11p) & "The Three Kings" (13p). That's all folks! See you soon!

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