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Theatre in Portugal II Stamp Issue

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Rating: 4.3/5

Garrett represents the introduction of romanticism in Portuguese theatre, but more than that, he indisputably opened the gates to the whole structure of stage and dramaturgy modernization through his writing but also through the institutions for the promotion of theatre and theatrical activities which he created, in an adequately articulated perspective as regards functionality and complementarity: The Teatro Nacional (the company and later also the building), the Conservatório de Arte Dramática, dramaturgy contests, the Inspecção Geral de Teatros e Espectáculos, copyrights and even a subsidy system.  (read more)

published October 8th, 2011

New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup Issue

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Rating: 4.0/5

Since the inaugural Rugby World Cup Tournament in 1987, the world has come together in union every four years to celebrate this spectacular Tournament. In 2011, fans around the globe will wear their hearts on their sleeves as they hope to cheer on their favourite teams in the Final at Eden Park in Auckland on 23 October 2011.

Whatever team you choose to support, this official stamp collection will set you on the path towards Rugby World Cup 2011 – the biggest event ever staged in New Zealand, and likely to be the biggest sporting occasion in the world next year.  (read more)

published October 7th, 2011

Stamp Collecting Month marvels at the mysterious world of mythical creatures

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Rating: 3.8/5

Australia Post continues the tradition of Stamp Collecting Month (SCM) throughout October with the release of the Mythical Creatures stamp issue. There are five domestic rate (60 cents) stamps and one domestic large letter rate ($1.20) stamp.

The fantastic world of ancient myth and legend is featured in this stamp issue with six mythical creatures including a fairy, troll, mermaid, griffin, unicorn and a dragon. Research found mythical creatures to be one of the most popular themes with children.

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published October 6th, 2011

200th Anniversary of Franz Liszt commemorated on Luxembourg’s latest stamp issue

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Rating: 4.3/5

This year, the music world commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth and the 125th anniversary of the death of composer and virtuoso Franz Liszt. At the end of his life, Liszt maintained a close relationship with his friend, Hungarian painter Mihàly de Munkàcsy and his Luxembourgish wife Cécile Papier. The deep friendship with the painter started in 1882, when the two men first met in Budapest.

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published October 4th, 2011

UCI Road World Championships Stamp Issue from Denmark

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Rating: 4.8/5

The UCI Road World Championships 2011 are being held in Denmark.

Denmark is hosting the world championships in road cycling for the first time in 55 years. To mark the occasion, a stamp has being issued featuring a rider wearing the famous multi-coloured world champion’s jersey. The stamp was designed by the graphic artist Leo Scherfig.

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published October 3rd, 2011

Royal Mail Definitive Stamps Marking London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games

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Rating: 5.0/5

As we approach the 300 days to go milestone to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Royal Mail has announced that millions of definitive stamps for use next year are rolling off the printing presses. 

The stamps will be available from all 11,800 Post Office branches across the UK from Thursday 5th January 2012.  There are four new stamps – two 1st Class and two for Worldwide use to post items up to 20 gm in weight. Both sets of values feature one stamp with the London 2012 Olympic Games logo and one with London 2012 Paralympic Games logo.  (read more)

published October 2nd, 2011

Gibraltar’s Superb Barbary Macaques Issue

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Rating: 4.4/5

Although not strictly speaking correct, the Barbary macaque is traditionally called an ape, since it resembles one in having almost no tail. Barbary macaques (scientific name, Macaca sylvanus) are Old World primates belonging to the family Cercopithecidae. In addition to the Barbary and other macaques, this family also comprises baboons, guenons and langurs. The members of this family share several skeletal features, such as a narrow nose, hindlimbs longer than the forelimbs, and a tail (when present) that is not prehensile. Due to other anatomical features mainly related to dietary adaptations, this family is divided into two subfamilies. The macaques belong to the subfamily called Cercopithecinae. One of the characteristic features of this subfamily is the presence of cheek pouches in which the animals store food.

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published October 2nd, 2011

American Artist Romare Bearden’s Work Honored on Forever Stamp

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Rating: 4.0/5

The artwork of Romare Bearden, one of America’s most prolific artists, is featured on a set of four Forever stamps dedicated by the U.S. Postal Service during a first-day-of-issuance ceremony at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

“Today, we are proud to dedicate a sheet of stamps that honor a man who became one of the 20th Century’s most distinguished, important and inventive American artists,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman. “Using various materials, such as foil, cut paper, and fabric, Romare Bearden transformed collage into a forceful means of expression with mainstream appeal — and in doing so, he framed the complexities of the African-American experience in a broad historical and cultural context.”  (read more)

published October 1st, 2011

Guernsey’s 2011 SEPAC Issue

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Rating: 3.7/5

Guernsey Stamps is pleased to announce the release of its 2011 SEPAC* stamp issue which, for the final time in the Sea Guernsey series, showcases some of the beautiful scenery found on the island.

Victoria Marina (36p stamp) lies within the harbour at St Peter Port, Guernsey’s capital, which has remained a busy trading post since Roman times.  As the image depicts, the buildings surrounding the harbour offer a wonderful mix of styles.

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published October 1st, 2011

Gibraltar’s 75th Anniversary of the Spitfire stamp issue

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Rating: 4.2/5

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War. The Spitfire continued to be used into the 1950s both as a front line fighter and in secondary roles. It was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft and was the only Allied fighter in production throughout the war. 

The Spitfire was designed as a short-range high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works (since 1928 a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrong). Mitchell continued to refine the design until his death from cancer in 1937, whereupon his colleague Joseph Smith became chief designer. The Spitfire’s elliptical wing had a thin cross-section, allowing a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Speed was seen as essential to carry out the mission of home defence against enemy bombers.

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published September 30th, 2011

Introduction of Irish Animals and Marine Life Stamp Coil

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Rating: 4.3/5

On September 29, 2011, An Post issued two stamps from its Irish Animals and Marine Life definitive series to issue on a coil. The Irish Animals and Marine Life series illustrates Ireland’s biodiversity from the seabed to the mountain top. Biodiversity is an all-encompassing term used to describe the variety of all life and natural processes on Earth.

The species featured on the stamps are; the Red Squirrel and the Bottlenose Dolphin.

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published September 30th, 2011