Sunday, September 20, 2009

WOW!!! 10,000+ Visitors

Finally a 5th Star has been added to my blog visitor counter. Now it has more than 10,000 visitors since its inception in last December. Thanks a lot pals for being regular visitors.
Here I would also like to decide to update the blog more frequently.
At the moment the blog counter shows: 10100 as:-

Monday, September 14, 2009

*** Results of 1st Cool Cover Contest ***

Hello friends!

Although the results were supposed to be announced on 21 Aug 09 but they got delayed due to some commitments. Sorry for a long delay but here are the results for the 1st Cool Cover Contest:-

Top 5 Prizes:

1st Prize goes to Jack from USA

2nd Prize goes to Ronny Wong from Malaysia

3rd Prize winner is Samantha from Finland

4th Prize goes to Hermitz from Turkey

5th Prize goes to SueFitz from USA

5 Complimentary Prizes:

Sheila

Bradpetehoops

Dorincard

Mamba2

Hummingbird

Congrats to all the winners.

Please send me an email with your address at faisalcheema44@gmail.com and I shall do my best to send you the prizes as soon as possible. You can also mention your preferences keeping in view your won prizes. :)

You can check out the prizes at:

Prizes for 1st Cool Cover Contest

Keep your fingers crossed for the next contest which will be coming soon!!!

Best Regards

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

#22: Slovakia; Beijing Olympics 2008 FDC

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A magnificent FDC from Slovakia is here. It is one of my personal favorites from the Olympics theme. The beautiful stamp shows a female athlete doing long jump where as many different sports men and women are shown on the left side playing various sports. Indeed very fascinating. The postmark also depicts a sportsman. the stamp is issued on 4 Jun 2009.

Monday, September 7, 2009

#21: Kenya; Real-Posted Cover with Kasarani Stadium and Orchids

Kenya Cover

I absolutely like this cover with nice stamps, especially I love the large stamp with a multi-purpose football stadium which is a joint issue stamp issued on the 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Kenya and China. It is one of the two stamps issued on the occasion and the face value is 66 shillings. The second stamp of 21 shillings features a portion of Mombasa Road

The multi-purpose Kasarani Stadium featured on the stamp is part of the Moi International Sports Center in Kasarani, in the outskirts of Nairobi. The stadium was built in 1987 for the All-Africa Games held in Nairobi. Currently the stadium is being used primarily for the Football matches. A Gymnasium and an aquatic complex are also part of the Sports Center.

The remaining 3 stamps are part of a set of 18 definitives issued by Kenyan Post in 2001. It took me a long time to verify this fact.

Interestingly none of the stamps have been cancelled using post-marks. Total postage used on the cover is 308 Shillings. The cover was sent by Aliya Bauer from Kenya with nice phonecards.

#20: Macedonia; Real-Posted Cover with Angry Fish – Not Willing To See Each Other’s Face Even :(

Macedonia Cover

WOW!!! Fish also have human-like expressions. For instance just see these two fish on the cover posted from Macedonia. They look as angry as two humans who have sworn not to see each other’s face after a quarrel. Isn’t it so??? :)

This beautiful cover was waiting for a long time to be posted on the blog. I received it in 2007. Its a really beautiful cover from Skopje, Macedonia.

The two fish stamps on the cover are part of a set of 4 fish stamps issued by Macedonia Post in 2007. It sure is a magnificent set of Fish Stamps from Macedonia.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

#19: France; Harry Potter Stamps 2007

Harry Potter France Cover I absolutely love this cover from France. The cover features characters from my favorite book series – “Harry Potter”. I started reading the first part of the book on the recommendation of a younger sis and could not quit reading until I was finished with all the seven parts of the series.

I have also gone through the initial movies of the series. Although they are magnificently made but still they are NO match to the books. JK Rowling definitely Rules!!!

The above stamps were issued by France on 17 March 2007. "Fete Du Timbre" printed on the stamps means "Celebration of Stamps". The three stamps feature Harry Potter (Two stamps on Left), Hermione Granger (Top right) and Ronald Weasley (Bottom right).

The remaining stamps pasted on the cover were issued in 2005. The French stamps of 0.01 and 0.05 Euro feature Marianne. Marianne is a symbol of Republican France. A Marianne is a portrait of a proud and determined woman wearing a "Phrygian Cap". She symbolizes the attachment of the common citizens of the revolution to the Republic - Marianne is liberty, egality and fraternity. The one shown on these stamps is Lamouche Marianne. Thanks to Contesse Eric for this beautiful cover.

Another miniature sheet was also issued on the occasion which I have already shared in a previous post. It can be seen here:-

Harry Potter Miniature Sheet from France 2007

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