Saturday, January 14, 2006

China Year of Dog Stamp

On 5 January 2006, China issued a one-piece set of special stamp entitled "Bing-Xu Year" with a face value of 80 fen.

The title of the picture on the stamp is "Bing-Xu Year".

The year 2006, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, is the Bing-Xu Year, or the Year of Dog. The dog is man's reliable companion through thick and thin together. As early as in the matriarchal society, primitive men living in the Yellow River valley began to raise dogs. With the development of civilization, dogs had been used to tend sheep and cattle. Dogs were not only kept as pets, but also deified by people. Legend has it that a dog, named Xiao Tian Quan, helped its owner God Erlang to subdue evil spirits, singing the praises of dog's loyalty and courage.

Courtesy: China National Philatelic Corporation

Friday, January 13, 2006

Malaysia Wild Duck Species

Stamp Value :30 Sen ( 2 Designs ); 50 ( 2 Designs)
Sheet Content :20 Stamps
Paper :SPM,Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process :Lithography
Printer :Percetakan Keselamatan Sdn Bhd
Stamp Designer :Reign Associates Sdn. Bhd

Date of Issue 26-Jan-2006

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Butterflies 2005

The swallowtail is among the most spectacular and largest of our butterflies. The wings of the female can reach more than 9 cm in size! It is in the tropics that one most frequently sees the Papilioninae sub-family. Mostly in springtime, the butterflies search for higher ground to carry out their famous «hilltopping», a type of nuptial flight that allows them to find a partner. The flamed variety is an even rarer species that populates northern Europe.

The silver-washed fritillary is a relatively common butterfly in Luxembourg. It is encountered in summer on sunny forest paths where it enjoys gypsywort. The males are a luminous orange colour while the females are darker with greenish colouration. The females eventually become entirely green. This variety is called the »valesina» variety.

The chalk-hill blue is among the varieties most frequently encountered. They are found in almost every country area, primarily on the dry limestone pastures. The males are known by their light whitish blue colouration while the females are brown with orange points on the lower edge of their back wings. In Luxembourg, it is the most recognisable argus butterfly.

Courtesy: Luxembourg Post

Christmas 2005

The end of the year is quickly approaching and, with it, the promise of pleasant evenings with family and friends. It is also a moment when excitement reigns, particularly in the streets of the town of Esch-sur-Alzette.
Parents shop with their arms loaded with gifts, while children are engaged in never-ending snowball fights close to the post office building.
The Esch-sur-Alzette post office building was built at the beginning of the 1930s from the plans of architect Nicolas Schmit-Noesen (1899 – 1964). Today, it houses a large counter area, local area mail workers, as well as the Esch "teleboutique".

Courtesy: Luxembourg Post

Silver Wedding Anniversary 2006

Date of Issue - 7 Feb 2006

United by the deep bonds of respect and affection, Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg celebrate their silver wedding anniversary on 14 Feb 2006, St. Valentine's Day.

Courtesy: Luxembourg Post