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European Judo championships, Budapest by Hungarian Post!!

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Rating: 3.5/5

Magyar Posta is issuing a commemorative stamp to mark the European Judo championships to be held in Budapest between 25 and 28 April 2013.

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published April 15th, 2013


Bird of the Year – Partridge

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Rating: 4.0/5

The Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) is a small bird of the pheasant family who mainly lives in farmland – in fields as well in pasturelands. It passes the winter in groups, often in the vicinity of human settlements.

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published April 14th, 2013

Memorial Day 2013 – The Silver Platter

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Rating: 3.5/5

The letter card, cover and stamp – all of which are special and unique to Memorial Day – constitute the basis of a sensitive, original and extraordinary tradition that came into being following the War of Independence.

Since Memorial Day 1952, a long line of Presidents, Prime Ministers and Ministers of Defense have signed personal letters to bereaved families of the fallen and Israel’s premier artists take part in designing the covers and stamps for this commemorative day.

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published April 14th, 2013


Australian Bush Babies

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Rating: 4.2/5

This is the second in the Bush Babies stamp series produced in co-ordination with the Perth Mint’s release of bush baby coins. Bush Babies II features five more young Australian animals – platypus, echidna, brush-tailed possum, kookaburra and wombat. The stamps capture the whimsy and character of these young Australian animals.

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published April 13th, 2013

Buses III

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Rating: 4.1/5

A bus (pron.: /ˈbʌs/; plural “buses”, /ˈbʌsɨz/, archaically also omnibus, multibus, or autobus) is a road vehicle designed to carry passengers. Buses can have a capacity as high as 300 passengers. The most common type of bus is the single-decker rigid bus, with larger loads carried by double-decker buses and articulated buses, and smaller loads carried by midibuses and minibuses; coaches are used for longer distance services.

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published April 13th, 2013


AAT Mountains

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Rating: 3.8/5

These stamps continue the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) Landscapes series which began with the iceberg issue in 2011. The mountains and mountain ranges featured reveal the beauty and grandeur of the landscape.

Antarctica is the highest continent on earth and Mt McClintock, in the eastern sector of the AAT is its highest mountain. Although elevations in excess of 4,000 metres exist in the western sector of the AAT, these are ice domes and generally not considered mountains, but the definition is frequently debated.

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published April 12th, 2013

The Three Legs of Man

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Rating: 4.0/5

For upwards of a thousand years and probably more, the Three Legs of Man has been the symbol of Manxness yet the origin remains uncertain. In Ireland, stylistic spiral three legs were carved in stone in Neolithic times.

Throughout the world the mythology of threes has played a significant role, notably in India, China, Korea, ancient Greece and Rome – and among native North Americans. It should not be surprising therefore to note that the Manx Parliament consists of three divisions – the House of Keys, Legislative Council and Tynwald.

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published April 12th, 2013


Flavours of the Air and Fire

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Rating: 3.5/5

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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Rating: 3.4/5

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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Rating: 3.8/5

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