Thursday, February 28, 2008

Italy Cover

Italy Cover

04.06.2007 Serie A Football Championship
Football Club Internazionale Milano - Inter Milan
Face Value ; 0,60 €
Size ; 30 x 40
Quantity ; 6.000.000

Football Club Internazionale Milano, commonly referred to as simply Internazionale, Inter or Inter Milan, is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy, founded in 1908. The club are the only side in Italian football to have spent their entire history at the top tier (Seri A), currently in the 2007-08 season as defending champions.Internazionale, who play in black and blue striped shirts with white shorts (but in the past, often in black shorts), have fifteen Seri A titles to their name; only their rivals Juventus,A.C. Milan have won more. Including the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup, Inter have a total of 23 trophies won in Italy.Outside of their homeland, the club have also had success in European and World tournaments; they won the European Cup in two successive finals during 1963-64 and 1964-65 . They have also won the UEFA Cup three times and the World Club Championship twice. Additionally, Inter was one of founding members of the G-14 , a group that formerly represented eighteen of the largest and most prestigious European football clubs.Inter play their home games at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza , also known as San Siro. The ground, which they share with rivals AC Milan, is the largest in Italian football, with a total capacity of 82,955.

Thank you Ennio Pauluzzi

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Jersey Postcards

Oil on canvas (48 x 36 inches)

Jersey Postcard
Post Marke ;
19.01.2008 - Jersey

Stamps ;
13.09.2007 Aviation History IX
ukhoi SU-27 'Flanker'
Face Value ; 51p

The Sukhoi Su-27 (Су-27 in the Cyrillic alphabet) (NATO reporting name 2Falker') is a jet fingher plane originally manufactured by the Soviet Union and designed by the Sukhoi Desing Bureau. It was intended as a direct competitor for the new generation of American fighters (which emerged as the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18 Hornet) , with long range, heavy armament, and very high agility. The Su-27 most often flies air superiority missions, but is able to perform almost all combat operations. Its closest American counterpart is the F-15 Eagle.

1997 Sea Birds
Red-Breasted Merganser (Mergus Serrator)
Face Value ;

Michel Catalog Number ; 765

The Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) is a diving duck.Its breeding habitat is freshwater lakes and rivers across northern North America, Greenland, Europa and Asia. It nests in sheltered locations on the ground near water. It is migratory and many northern breeders winter in coastal waters further south.The adult Red-breasted Merganser is 52-58 cm long with a 67-82 cm wingspan. It has a spiky crest and long thin red bill with serrated edges.Adult males have a dark head with a green sheen, a white neck with a rusty breast, a black back and white underparts. Adult females have a rusty head and a greyish body. Juveniles are like the female, but lack the white collar and have a smaller white wing patch.The call of the female is a rasping prrak prrak, and the male gives a feeble hiccup-and-sneeze display call.Red-breasted Mergansers dive and swim underwater. They mainly eat small fish, but also aquatic insect, crustaceans and frogs.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Netherland Postcard

Netherland Postcard - Limburg
Stamps ;

2007 Definitive Stamps
NL (International Code)

Face Value ; 0,03€
2007 Definitive Stamps
Queen Beatrix
Face Value ; 0,67€

Limburg pronunciation is the southern-most of the twelve provinces of the Netherlands. It is located in the southeastern part of the country and bordered by Belgium to the south and part of the west, Germany to the east, the Dutch province of North Brabant partly to the west, and the province of Gerderland to the north. Its capital is Maastricht.
Limburg has a highly distinct character. The social and economic trends which affected the province in rec
ent decades generated a process of change and renewal which has enabled Limburg to transform the drawbacks of its national peripheral location into advantages inherent in its European settings, linking the Netherlands to the southern part of Europe. A disadvantage of this 'international' gateway location is, that since a few decennia criminality, also international and often drugs-related is on the rise, especially in the southernmost part of this province. This is caused by the rather liberal Dutch policy in this field, compared to the ones of neighbouring countries.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Netherland Postcard

The Erasmus Bridge

Netherland Postcard - Rotterdam
Post Marke ; 27.01.2008 - Rotterdam
Europa Priority
Bicycle and World Map
Face Value ; 75 Euro Cent

Rotterdam is the second largest municipality in the Netherlands after the capital, Amsterdam by population size, and the largest city in the province of Zuid-Holland (South Holland). The port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe and was the world's busiest port from 1962 to 2004, until it was overtaken by Shanghai. Rotterdam is situated on the banks of the river Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse), one of the channels in the delta formed by the Rhine and Meuse rivers. The name Rotterdam derives from a dam in the Rotte river.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Canada Cover

Canada Cover

Stamps ;
08.01.2008 Lunar New Year

Year of the Rat

Face Value ; 1,60$
Layout ; Souvenir Sheet
Quantity ; 750.000
Size ; 135 x 132

The Year of the Rat
A highly respected animal in Chinese culture, the Rat represents new beginnings and keen intelligence. A Year of the Rat marks a year of considerable scope and opportunity, with the launch of ambitious new idea and plans, and major breakthroughs in science and technology likely. With an emphasis on moving forward, many economies will be buoyant, and carefully considered investments will often bring good returns. However, despite any upturn, this is not a year for complacency or squandering of resources. As well as favouring family life and relationships, a Yea
r of the Rat also brings a strong focus on leading healthier lifestyles and opportunities for personal advancement.

Are you a Rat?
You're a Rat if you were born in 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 or 2008
.Rats are ingenious, charming and generous to those they love, although they do also have a tendency to be quick-tempered and critical. They make good writers, critics and publicists. Hardworking and consequently often financially well off, Rats are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. They are also likely to be perfectionists and very social, with many friends who they support in generous ways. Family is very important to Rats.
Famous people born in a Year of the Rat include Bobby Orr, Stompin' Tom Connors, David Suzuki, Margaret Trudeau, Elvis Stojko, Winston Churchill, Marlon Brando, Mozart, William Shakespeare and President George Washington.

Thank You Glenn Moores

Canada Cover

Canada Cover
Stamps ;
12.10.2007 Low Value Definitives Beneficial Insects
Face Values ; 1c - 3c - 5c - 10c - 25c
Layout ; Souvenir sheet of 5 stamps
Quantity ; 350.000
Size ; 133 x 58

1c-The convergent lady beetle, Hippodamia convergens, is one of the most common lady beetles in North America and is found throughout the continent.

3c-The golden-eyed lacewing (Chrysopa oculata), for instance, is an increasingly critical component of integrated pest management (IPM) programs used for field and horticultural crops. Since the larvae of the lacewings are voracious predators to a wide variety of soft-bodied insects, insect eggs and spiders, they are used as an alternative to pesticides.

5c-Bumblebees are typically found in higher latitudes and/or high altitudes , though exceptions exist (there are a few lowland tropical species). A few species (Bombus polaris-Northern bumblebee- and B. arcticus) range into very cold climates where other bees might not be found. One reason for this is that bumblebees can regulate their body temperature, via solar radiation, internal mechanisms of "shivering" and radiative cooling from the abdomen (called heterothermy). Other bees have similar physiology , but it has been best studied in bumblebees.

10c-The Canada darner (Aeshna canadensis) , This dragonfly is a type of mosaic darner. Coloring is usually blue and black with some green possible. The face is pale green with a light brown line. The abdomen has a mosaic pattern of blue spots. The lateral thoracic stripe is a good way to tell it apart from similar species. The stripe of the Canada Darner is sharply notched at the front edge with a narrow upper half and a narrow offshoot from the top. The stripe is usually blue above and green
below; in some cases it is all blue or all green. There is a small yellow spot behind the first stripe. Wings are large and clear. Males have tiny teeth along the edge of the cerci. Females look similar to males but may have different coloring. Blue form females (all blue in color) are rare but possible. Green form females (all green in color) are also possible. Green form females will also have brown wings. Most females are a combination of blue and green in color.

25c-The cecropia moth (Hyalophora cecropia) is one of the largest moths found in North America. It is a member of the Saturniidae family, or giant silk moths. Females with a forewing length of 75 mm or more have been documented. It is found as far west as the Rocky Mountains and north into the maritime provinces of Canada. The larvae of these moths are most commonly found on Maple trees, but they have been known to feed on Wild Cherry and Birch trees among many others.

01.11.2007 Christmas
Hope Espoir
Face Value ; P

25.07.2007 100 Years of Scouting
Face Value ; 52c

Scouting, also known as the Scout Movement, is a worldwide youth movement with the stated aim of supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, so that they may play constructive roles in society.Scouting began in 1907 when Robert Baden-Powell, Lieutenant General in the British Army, held the first Scouting encampment at Brownsea Island in England. Baden-Powell wrote the principles of Scouting in Scouting for Boys (London, 1908), based on his earlier military books, with influence and support of Frederick Russell Burnham (Chief of Scouts in British Africa), Seton of the Woodcraft Indians, Smith of the Boys' Brigade, and his publisher Pearson. During the first half of the 20th century, the movement grew to encompass three major age groups each for boys (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Rover Scout) and, in 1910, a new organization, Girl Guides, was created for girls (Brownie Guide, Girl Guide and Girl Scout, Ranger Guide).The movement employs the Scout method, a program of informal education with an emphasis on practical outdoor activities, including camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking, and sports. Another widely recognized movement characteristic is the Scout uniform, by intent hiding all differences of social standing in a country and making for equality, with neckerchief and campaign hat or comparable head wear. Distinctive uniform insignia include the fleur-de-lis and the trefoil, as well as merit badges and other patches.In 2007, Scouting and Guiding together had over 38 million members in 216 countries. The two largest umbrella organizations are the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), for boys-only and co-educational organizations, and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), primarily for girls-only organizations but also accepting co-educational organizations.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Saint-Pierre and Miquelon (France) Cover

Saint-Pierre and Miquon (France) Cover

Post Marke ; 16.01.2008 14 Ouistrehan Rene Autin Premier jour

Brasil Cover

Brasil Cover
Post Marke ; 02.01.2008 - Campo Grande / Sao Paulo / SPM
Thank you Celso Alves VIEIRA

Friday, February 15, 2008

Italy Postcard

Italy Postcard
Corato 1925

Corato is a town in Italy. It is located in Bari province, Puglia (Apulia) region, southeastern Italy. Founded by the Normans, it became subject to Alfonso V, king of Aragon, at the end of the 15th century, and later to the Carafa family. The chief features of the ancient centre of the town, which is surrounded by modern buildings, are the Romanesque church. It is a twin city of Grenoble, France. At the 2001 census the municipality had a population of 44,971 inhabitants and a land area of 167.69 km².
Thank you Pierluigi DIAFERIA

Italy Cover

Italy Cover
Stamps ;
29.04.2006 Italian Regions 2006
Face Value ; 0,45 €
Size ; 40 x 30

Puglia: on the left, the Basilica of St Nicholas in Bari, in the middle an outline of the region of Puglia and, on the right a view of the Tremiti Islands.

Finland Postcard

Finland Postcard
Post Marke ;
25/01/2008 - Rovaniemi
Stamp ;

24.08.2006 Agriculture & Food (Food & Cooking) Flora (Fruit)
Blueberry - Vaccinium myrtillu
Face Value ; 1 LK (KL)
Size ; 27 x 38

Blueberry - Vaccinium myrtillu

Blueberries are flowering plants in the genus Vacinnium,Cyanococcus. The species are native only to North America. They are shrubs varying in size from 10 cm tall to 4 m tall; the smaller species are known as "lowbush blueberries", and the larger species as "highbush blueberries". The leaves can be either deciduous or evergreen, ovate to lanceolate, and from 1-8 cm long and 0.5-3.5 cm broad. The flowers are bell-shaped, white, pale pink or red, sometimes tinged greenish.
The fruit is a false berry 5-16 mm diameter with a flared "crown" at the end; they are pale greenish at first, then reddish-purple, and finally indigo on ripening. They have a sweet taste when mature, with variable acidity. Blueberry bushes typically bear fruit from May through October; "blueberry season" peaks in July, which is National Blueberry Month in the United States and Canada.
All species whose English common names include "blueberry" are currently classified in section Cyanococcus of the genus Vaccinium. Several other plants of the genus Vaccinium also produce blue berries which are sometimes confused with blueberries, mainly the predominantly European bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), which in many languages has a name that means "blueberry" in English. See the Identification section for more information.
Although blueberries are native to North America, they are now grown also in Australia, New Zealand and South American countries and are air-shipped as fresh produce to markets around the world.
Beginning in 2005, blueberries have been discussed among a category of functional foods called superfruits having the favorable combination of nutrient richness, antioxidant strength, emerging research evidence for health benefits and versatility for manufacturing popular consumer products.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Italy Cover

Italy Cover
First Day Issue

Post Marke ;
06/01/2008 Livorno Centro
XXV Anniversario Befana Vigili Del Fuoco Livorno 1984-2008

Stamp ;
Italy Stamps Catalog
20/12/2007 Santo Natale - Christmas
Buon Natale
Face Value ; 0,65 €
Size ; 30 x 40

Thank You Elena COLTELLINI

Sunday, February 10, 2008

France Cover

France Cover
First Day Issue

Post Marke ; 31/12/2007 - 69 Lyon Recette Principale

26/06/2006 Architecture (Classical)
European Capitals - Nic
Face Value ; 0,53 €
Size ; 40 x 30
Block Size ; 133 x 130
Nicosia, known locally as Lefkosia or Lefkosha (Greek: Λευκωσία, Turkish: Lefkoşa), is the capital and largest city of Cyprus.
Located on the Pedieos (Kanlidere) river and situated almost in the centre of the island, it is the seat of government as well as the main business centre. Nicosia is the center and capital of the (Nicosia District). Despite the recent symbolic gestures shown by both communities in removing small sections of the dividing wall, it still remains the only divided capital city in the world, with the northern (Turkish) and southern (Greek), portions divided by the Green Line a demilitarize zone maintained by the United Nations, although unlike Cold War East and West Berlin, few use the terms "North Nicosia" and "South Nicosia".

15/10/2007 Fine Arts (Painting)
Paul Serusier 1864-1927
Face Value ; 0,86 €
Size ; 40 x 52
Paul Sérusier (1864—1927) was a French painter.
He studied at the Academie Julian and was a monitor there in the mid 1880s.In the summer of 1888 he travelled to Pont-Aven and joined the small group of artists centered there around Paul Gauguin.While at the Pont-Aven artist's colony he painted The Talisman under the close supervision of Gauguin.He was part of the group of painters called Les Nabis.Sérusier along with Paul Gauguin named the group. Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard and Maurice Denis.
He later taught at the Academie Ranson and published his book ABC de la peinture in 1921.
became the best known of the group, but at the time they were somewhat peripheral to the core group.

22/10/2007 Politics & Government (Politicians)
Guy Moquet 1924 - 1941
Face Value ; 0,54 €
Size ; 30 x 40
Guy Môquet (26 April 1924 - 22 October 1941) was a young French Communist militant. During the German occupation of France during World War II, he was taken hostage by the Nazis and executed by firing squad in retaliation for attacks on Germans by the French Resistance. Môquet came down in history as one of the symbols of the French Resistance.
Môquet studied at the Lycee Carnot and joined the Communist Youth Movement. After the occupation of Paris by the Germans and the installiation of the Vichy goverment, Môquet was arrested by the French police as he distributed flyers in his neighbourhood denouncing the new government and demanding the liberation of its prisoners. He was arrested on 13 October 1940, in the Metro station Gare de l'Est by French police who were looking for Communist militants. The police behaved in a friendly way towards him in the hopes that he would reveal the names of his father’s friends.
Imprisoned in Fresnes Prison , then in Clairvaux, he was later transferred to the camp at Chateaubriant , where other Communist militants were detained.
On 20 October 1941 , the commanding officer of the German occupation forces in Loire-Atlantique, Karl Hotz , was assassinated by three communist resisters.Pierre Pucheu, Interior Minister of the Petain government, chose Communist prisoners to be given as hostages “in order to avoid letting 50 good French people get shot.” His selection comprised 18 imprisoned in Nantes, 27 at Châteaubriant, and 5 from Nantes who were imprisoned in Paris.
Two days later, the 27 prisoners at Châteaubriant were shot in three groups. They refused blindfolds, and died crying out “Vive la France” (“Long live France”). Guy Môquet, the youngest, was executed at 4PM.
Before being shot, Môquet had written a letter to his parents. His younger brother, Serge - 12 years old at the time - was traumatised by the death of Guy and survived him only by a few days.

Malaysia Cover

Malaysia Cover
Post Marke ; 08/01/2008 B.B.Bangi (Bandar Baru Bangi - Selangor)
2001 - 50 Sen - Rooster / Ayam Kapan (Gallus gallus)
1999 - 1,00 RM - Persian Cat
Thank you Choong Chee Yen