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Australasian Antarctic Expedition centenary celebrated by Australia Post

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Australia Post is celebrating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) with the release of five domestic rate (60 cents) stamps depicting images from the historic 1911 expedition. This is an Australian Antarctic Territory stamp issue and is available from 2 August 2011.

The AAE left Hobart in December 1911 under the command of Douglas Mawson and returned to Adelaide in February 1914. Mawson was knighted for his achievements during this expedition and is regarded as one of the greatest figures of Antarctic exploration.

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published August 6th, 2011

Ascension Island – Red-billed Tropicbird WWF Stamp Issue

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The three species of tropicbird all have tropical distributions. Two species are found in the tropical Atlantic and both breed on Ascension Island, with the majority of both species breeding on Boatswainbird Island. The most numerous is the Yellow-billed Tropicbird, or Boatswainbird (so called because its call is likened to that of a Bosun’s whistle) after which the island was named. About 500 pairs of Red-billed Tropicbirds breed on Ascension.

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published August 6th, 2011

175th anniversary of the death of Ferdinand Raimund Stamp Issue

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5 September is the 175th anniversary of the death of Ferdinand Raimund – the occasion for the issue of the present commemorative celebrating the famous Austrian dramatist. Together with Johann Nestroy, Raymond is without doubt one of the most important representatives of the old Viennese popular theatre.
Ferdinand Raimund was born on 1 June 1790 in Vienna, the son of an immigrant Bohemian turner. It was as a young sweets seller in the theatre that he first came into contact with the trade of an actor; he soon joined a wandering troupe and went on tour with them through the provinces. After initial failures, he finally toured with various troupes for many years through western Hungary. In 1814 he returned to Vienna, and celebrated his first success at theTheater in der Josefstadt. His artistic breakthrough was in 1815 with the play “Die Musikanten am Hohen Markt”, written by his later father-in-law Josef Alois Gleich. From 1817, Raimund was part of the ensemble of the Theater in der Leopoldstadt and for two years from 1828 to 1830 he was part of the direction, where he not only acted but also directed.

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published August 3rd, 2011

300th Anniversary of the birth of Rugerius Boscovich (1711-1787) Stamp Issue by Vatican Post

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Born in Ragusa in Dalmatia (Dubrovnik) in 1711, Boscovich studied at the Jesuit College located in his birthplace. At a very young age, he entered the novitiate in 1725 and moved to Rome to study at the Roman College. He excelled greatly in pure mathematics and physics, so much so that he became a professor of math at the College. Pope Benedict XIV had him as a consultant for all important technical questions and various projects including the fortification of the dome of St. Peter’s when in 1742 he proposed using concentric steel supports. Benedict XIV had him measure the area of the Papal State, and in 1755 he published the first map of the territory.

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published August 3rd, 2011

Israel, New OECD Member Stamp Issue

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In September 2010 Israel became a full member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an organization incorporating thirty-four democratic market economies.

The OECD, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2011, serves as a platform for comparing policy performance, finding solutions to common difficulties, identifying overlapping practice codes, formulating policy guidelines and improving the economic and social welfare of OECD member countries, as well as other countries around the world.

In an era of global economy, policy makers need global comparative statistics and benchmark targets, accepted international norms and best practice guidelines. The OECD, a forum of the world’s most advanced countries, is the ideal forum for the development of such tools.

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published August 2nd, 2011

Royal Mail Stamps To Go For Gold In London 2012

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With one year to go to London 2012, Royal Mail has announced that it will issue special gold medal stamps to celebrate Team GB Olympic gold medal wins.

This is the first time that Royal Mail has issued stamps to mark Olympic victories.   The stamps will feature both individual and team gold medal wins. 

Details of the actual designs themselves are set to be announced later, when Royal Mail will also announce its plans to commemorate the Paralympic Games.

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published July 31st, 2011

Mainland Scenery Stamp Series from Hong Kong Post

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A “Mainland Scenery Series No. 10 – Dunhuang Grottoes” stamp sheetlet and “The Complete Mainland Scenery Series” stamp sheetlet will be released for sale with associated philatelic products on 2 August 2011(Tuesday).

Hongkong Post’s Stamp Sheetlets on Mainland Scenery are a feast for the eyes with magnificent landscapes and majestic architecture. The tenth and last series presents the Dunhuang Grottoes, a cultural legacy that has enjoyed worldwide fame for centuries.  (read more)

published July 31st, 2011

Israel Festivals 2011 Stamp Issue

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The onset of a new year brings with it the hope of rectifying past problems and the anticipation of fulfilling achievements and wishes. These feelings are expressed through New Year’s greetings and by performing actions symbolizing renewal and hope for a better future. The Rosh Hashanah feast includes various types of food that serve as symbols of the holiday.

The inclusion of foods with symbolic meaning in the Rosh Hashanah feast is an ancient tradition, the roots of which may be found in the writings of the Sages. The Babylonian Talmud (Tractate Kritot, page 6a) says, “Abaye said, ‘at the beginning of every year a person should accustom himself to eat gourds, fenugreek, leeks, beets and dates’”. The Hebrew names of these foods are symbolic as they serve as the basis for the blessings customarily recited prior to eating them: gourd (krah) – “May it be Your will, Lord our God and God of our forefathers that our bad decrees should be torn up” (yikrah); fenugreek (rubya) – “May it be Your will… that our merits should be numerous” (yirbu); leek (karti) – “our enemies should be cut off” (yikratu); beets (silka) – “our enemies should be removed” (yistalku); dates (tamarim) – “our enemies should be finished” (yitamu).

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published July 28th, 2011

South Georgia – Frozen Planet Stamps

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Produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit, Frozen Planet is the most ambitious series on the Polar Regions ever undertaken.

For four years, camera teams braved temperatures down to -50 degrees C, 200 mile per hour katabatic winds, midnight sun and long dark polar nights to capture the essence of these remote and highly seasonal ends of the earth.

More than 2300 filming days were spent in the field, by small crews working in the most remote corners of Antarctica and across the Arctic.  The aim was to take the viewer on a journey through the Polar Regions – north and south – some of the greatest, least explored wildernesses on the planet.  (read more)

published July 27th, 2011

United Nations 2011 Endangered Species

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On 7 September 2011, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue a set of 12 stamps depicting endangered species. These will be the nineteenth set of stamps in UNPA’s multi-year series Endangered Species. The series was launched on 3 March 1993 to highlight the need for the protection of endangered species throughout the world. This year the endangered species feature endangered birds.

UNPA will issue three sheets of 16 stamps, one sheet in each of the three currencies. Four different endangered species will be illustrated on each sheet; hence, 12 species will be covered.

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published July 27th, 2011

Coastal Birds Feature On Fourth Set Of Post & Go Birds Of Britain Stamps

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Royal Mail highlights the diverse birdlife to be found around the UK’s coastline for the fourth and final issue of its Birds of Britain Post & Go pictorial stamps.

Issued on 16 September, this issue of Birds of Britain features six birds active around the UK coastline, from the diminutive puffin and ringed plover, to larger seabirds like the gannet and cormorant.

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: “This is the final set of the Birds of Britain designs which are proving to be hugely popular with customers at home and overseas.

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published July 26th, 2011