Thursday, July 14, 2016

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Glowworms 3.3.2016

This lovely set of New Zealand Gloworm FDC and minisheet were sent to me very kindly by my niece Madhavi. The stamps actually glow in the dark.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hans Nielsen Hauge 27.4.1971

Hans Nielsen Hauge (April 3, 1771 – March 29, 1824) was a noted revivalist Norwegian lay minister who spoke up against the Church establishment in Norway. Hauge is considered an influential personality in the industrialization of Norway.
Thank you Merja.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

EUROPA 2016 - Think Green - Finland 6.5.2016

Thank you Ella for this nice EUROPA FDC.

The theme of the 2016 EUROPA stamps is environmentalism in Europe-“Think Green”. The bicycle image of Cypriot Doxia Sergidou, the winner of a design contest organized in 2015, is reflected in the EUROPA stamps of European postal services.

The stamp motif is the work of Ms. Doxia Sergidou. When asked about the concept of the design Ms. Sergidou explains that “the main purpose was to show that it is in our hand to create a greener planet. Thus, I have placed a hand on the top side of the stamp which basically represents anyone of us, actively replacing the grey colour (the environmental pollution) with the green colour which symbolizes environmental living and hope, and in turn inspire us for a better world”.
“The left side of the stamp represents the polluted side and is painted grey showing us the tremendous disaster caused by the industries, automotive vehicles, power generation and inefficient waste. It also shows how the human activities are negatively influencing the environment. In contrast on the right side of the stamp, is the green side which show us how using renewable energy resources, acting in a more environmental way and becoming more environmentally aware could positively affect the environment. This will not only have a positive effect in our generation, but it will also help the future ones to co-exist in harmony” adds Ms. Sergidou.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

EUROPA 71 - France - Santa Maria della Salute, Venice 8.5.1971

Santa Maria della Salute (Saint Mary of Health), commonly known simply as theSalute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located at Punta della Dogana in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the city of Venice, Italy.
It stands on the narrow finger of Punta della Dogana, between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal, at the Bacino di San Marco, making the church visible when entering the Piazza San Marco from the water. The Salute is part of the parish of the Gesuati and is the most recent of the so-called plague-churches.
In 1630, Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute). The church was designed in the then fashionable baroque style by Baldassare Longhena, who studied under the architect Vincenzo Scamozzi. Construction began in 1631. Most of the objects of art housed in the church bear references to the Black Death.
The dome of the Salute was an important addition to the Venice skyline and soon became emblematic of the city, inspiring artists like Canaletto, J. M. W. Turner, John Singer Sargent, and Francesco Guardi.
Thank you Merja.