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Flavours of the Air and Fire

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Alentejo Our trip through the country now takes us to the Alentejo, where our view extends over the endless expanses of cork and holm oaks: the “montado” without which the Alentejo pig would not exist. Its rustic nature allows it to survive in extreme weather conditions, while in the mountain range its meat gains flavour from the Acorn. This is the raw material that is the basis of the undisputed quality of the blood sausages, bagged sausages and smoked hams of the Alentejo.

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published April 11th, 2013

Folk costumes – Karja

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The stamps feature folk costumes from Kihelkonna in Western Saaremaa and from Karja in the North-eastern part of the island. The Karja stamp shows an elderly couple in long coats, dress worn around the middle of the 19th century as well as later, with red strings and coloured edges adding zing to the dark fabric. The man’s long coat is edged with a wide striped belt in many colours.

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published April 10th, 2013

Taking The Vultures Under Our Wing

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Rating: 3.3/5

“Three things are beyond me;
four I cannot fathom:
How a Vulture makes its way over the sky…”

The Griffon Vulture, the Bearded Vulture, the Lappet-faced Vulture and the Egyptian Vulture are all scavengers which have been making their mark on the Israeli landscape since biblical times. The Vulture is mentioned 28 times in the Bible and it served as an ancient symbol of royalty both in Mesopotamia and in Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs. Anyone who has seen flocks of vultures soaring along the top of a cliff in the Golan Heights, the Judean Desert or the Negev Desert cannot help but be impressed by their strength and beauty. Maimonides was known as “The Great Vulture” and for good reason. These birds played an exceedingly important role as “nature’s orderlies” within the food chain, preventing the spread of disease and plague, thus ancient peoples treated them with great respect.

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published April 10th, 2013

Falconry

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Falconry is the hunting of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained bird of prey. There are two traditional terms used to describe a person involved in falconry: a falconer flies a falcon; an austringer (German origin) flies a hawk (Accipiter and some buteos and similar) or an eagle (Aquila or similar).

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published April 9th, 2013

World Heritage- China

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Carved into the cliff s above the Dachuan River, the Mogao Caves in Gansu Province comprise the largest, most richly endowed and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. It was fi rst constructed in 366 A.D. and represents the great achievement of art from the fourth to the fourteenth century. There are 492 caves presently preserved, housing about 45,000 square metres of murals and more than 2,000 painted sculptures. The Mogao Caves were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987.

Source: United Nations Post

published April 9th, 2013

Israel issues magnificent vulture stamps

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Rating: 3.1/5

“Three things are beyond me;
four I cannot fathom:
How a Vulture makes its way over the sky…”

The Griffon Vulture, the Bearded Vulture, the Lappet-faced Vulture and the Egyptian Vulture are all scavengers which have been making their mark on the Israeli landscape since biblical times. The Vulture is mentioned 28 times in the Bible and it served as an ancient symbol of royalty both in Mesopotamia and in Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs. Anyone who has seen flocks of vultures soaring along the top of a cliff in the Golan Heights, the Judean Desert or the Negev Desert cannot help but be impressed by their strength and beauty. Maimonides was known as “The Great Vulture” and for good reason. These birds played an exceedingly important role as “nature’s orderlies” within the food chain, preventing the spread of disease and plague, thus ancient peoples treated them with great respect. (read more)

published April 8th, 2013

50 years of Switzerland’s Protection and support service!!

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50 years of serving safety: Originally set up to protect the civilian population in wartime,

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published April 3rd, 2013

Monaco releases it’s “Europa 2013″ issue!!

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In 1993, PostEurop took over the management of the Europa issues and has been organised the annual competition of the “Best Europa stamp” since 2002.

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published April 2nd, 2013

The Philippine Postal Corporation has issued a stamp featuring Far Eastern University’s “Save the Tamaraw” project.

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The Tamaraw (Bubalus Mindorensis) is a small and shy buffalo, also known as wild dwarf buffalo. It has a pair of relatively straight backward pointing horns which are extremely stout.

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published April 1st, 2013

NEW RAF Squadrons II from Gibraltar Philatelic!!

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43 Squadron ‘Gloria Finis’ 43 Squadron was formed in 1916 as part of the Royal Flying Corps. It saw distinguished service during two world wars, producing numerous ‘Aces”. 

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published March 31st, 2013

ANZAC 2013 – New Zealanders Serving Abroad stamp issue by New Zealand Post!!

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Rating: 3.7/5

Every year on ANZAC day we remember the dedicated men and women who have served for New Zealand. The duties that these men and women undertake are crucial to the work of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), and are honoured in this special stamp issue. Pre-order today for 10 April 2013.

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published March 31st, 2013