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Gibraltar Christmas 2012 Stamps

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Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas or Santa, is a figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloric origins who, in many western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24. The modern figure was derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, may have part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of gift giver Saint Nicholas. A nearly identical story is attributed by Greek and Byzantine folklore to Basil of Caesarea. Basil’s feast day on January 1 is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece.

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published November 17th, 2012

Paralympian of the Year, Jacqueline Freney celebrated by Australia Post

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Australia Post will recognise the outstanding achievements of Paralympic Gold Medallist and Paralympian of the Year 2012, Jacqueline Freney, with today’s release of a commemorative stamp featuring the inspirational athlete.

A deserving recipient, Freney was named Paralympian of the Year by the Australian Paralympic Committee last night at a Sydney awards ceremony. Previous Paralympians of the Year commemorated on an instant stamp sheetlet were Siohban Paton and Matthew Cowdrey. The Australian Paralympian of the Year instant stamp sheetlet will be available through participating Australia Post retail outlets from 9 November.

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published November 16th, 2012

Gibraltar’s second edition to the Endangered Animals stamp series

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The Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx) is a medium-sized antelope with a distinct shoulder hump, long, straight horns, and a tufted tail. It is a bovid, the smallest member of Oryx genus, native to desert and steppe areas of the Arabian Peninsula. The Arabian oryx was extinct in the wild by the early 1970s, but was saved in zoos and private preserves and reintroduced into the wild starting in 1980. In 1986, the Arabian oryx was classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List, and in 2011, it was the first animal to receive Vulnerable status again after having been listed as extinct in the wild. It is listed in CITES Appendix I. As of 2011, populations were estimated at over 1000 individuals in the wild, and 6000 – 7000 individuals in captivity worldwide.

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published November 14th, 2012

Australia Post decks the halls with festive stamps

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Australia Post has officially marked the start of the festive season with the release of this year’s Christmas stamps featuring symbols of popular Christmas carols and the traditional nativity scene.

“Even with new digital forms of communications, Australians still enjoy sending their Christmas greetings through the post,” said Australia Post General Manager, Merchandise Services, Rowan Howarth.

“Sending cards is a strong Christmas tradition and Australia Post has a long and proud history of helping to connect Australians to their family and friends, wherever they live in Australia – or the world.”

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published November 12th, 2012

Gibraltar’s Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Stamp Issue

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Gibraltar is commemorating the bicentenary of the birth of Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) with a wonderful issue alongside institutions from all over the world, most notably the ‘Dickens 2012’ official celebration in the United Kingdom.

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. During his lifetime Dickens’ works enjoyed unprecedented popularity and fame, and they remain popular today. It was in the twentieth century, however, that his literary genius was fully recognized by critics and scholars.

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published November 12th, 2012

A stamp Issue dedicated to New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery!

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Known around the world for its breathtaking scenery, New Zealand is an always popular tourist destination. Find out why with this new range of Scenic Definitive stamps.

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published November 1st, 2012

Lawn Bowls is one of the most popular sports in Australia!

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Lawn bowls is one of Australia’s most popular sports, with more than 240,000 playing members in almost 2,000 bowling clubs throughout the country. Every year more than 490,000 people regularly participate in the sport, particularly in country areas, where clubs out number those in metropolitan areas by more than two to one.

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published November 1st, 2012

The victorious USS Constitution naval boat

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The War of 1812: USS Constitution issuance by the U.S. Postal Service in 2012 commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a two-and-a-half year conflict with Great Britain that many Americans viewed as the nation’s “Second War of Independence.” The War of 1812, sometimes called “the forgotten conflict,” was a two-and-a-half year confrontation with Great Britain that brought the United States to the verge of bankruptcy and disunion.

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published October 31st, 2012

Sanxingdui Bronze Standing Figure found in China

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Located in the city of Guanghan in northern Chengdu Plain, Sichuan Province, Sanxingdui is the ruins of a prehistoric culture dating back 4,800-2,600 years. It is considered the origin of the Yangtze River Civilization and an outstanding manifestation of the zenith of Chinese bronze civilization.

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published October 31st, 2012

Spain and Romania issue a joint series dedicated to a common animal species native to their area.

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Spain and Romania issue a joint series dedicated to a common animal species endemic of their own geographic areas. The stamps depict the Spanish Ibex and the Red Deer of the Carpathians.

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published October 30th, 2012

Hong Kong post issues a special stamp issue to celebrate the 12 Western Zodiac Signs.

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Gazing at the stars at night, the ancients not only discovered the astronomical laws, but also imaginatively associated the heavenly bodies with animals, artifacts and mythological figures, thus creating the 12 zodiac signs. Since time immemorial, they have also helped define area of celestial sphere with wide-ranging applications in navigation.

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published October 30th, 2012