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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Happy Eid ul Fitr (Ramadan Eid)

Wish you all Very Happy Eid.
EID MUBARAK


UAE Eid Al Adha Stamps 2009


USA : Eid ul Fitr Stamps 2001


2008 Eid al Adha FDC of UAE

Thursday, August 25, 2011

France : World Fencing Championship stamps


France Post has issued a set of stamps commemorating the World Fencing Championship which was taken place in France (Paris) from 4 to 13 of November 2010.

Symbolical practice of the knights' age, fencing had developed through the centuries into a subtle, elegant and artistic battle sport.
Three arms of the fencing (rapier, foil and saber) and a wheelchair-bound fencer are illustrated on the two stamps of the set. The central image represents the stained-glass window of the Grand palace hosting the championship.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

France : 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Stamps


The French post issued a set of two stamps to commemorate the Winter Olympics 2010, featuring 2 disciplines – alpine skiing and figure skating.

Title: Winter Olympic 2010 – France
Date of Issue: 8 February 2010
Country: France
Denominations: 0,85€ x 2

Monday, August 22, 2011

UAE : YAS MARINA CIRCUIT


The Yas Marina Circuit is the venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke, and is situated on Yas Island, about 30 minutes from the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. Yas Marina is the second Formula One track in the Middle East, with the first being in Bahrain. A two day GP2 Asia Series test was held to officially open the circuit, which was held a week before the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It will also host the opening event for the Australian V8 Supercars series, the Yas V8 400, in February 2010.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lithuania : Sport Stamps

Sixth-World-Lithuanian-Games-1998




FIFA Anniversary Stamp-2004


1991 Sports Games of The Lithuanians


Thursday, August 18, 2011

UAE : 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic FDC


First Youth Olympic Games (YOG) held in Singapore

Main Aim of Youth Olympic Games (YOG) :
To promote cultural education among the participating youths, the YOG programme incorporated live youth performances, art installations and festivals revolving around the Olympics spirit and cultural diversity. A wide range of activities took place, such as hands-on workshops, talks by Olympians, outdoor activities, community projects and exhibition booths, all based on five themes:
• Olympism – the origins, philosophy, structure and evolution of the modern Olympics.
• Skills development – the different aspects of a professional athletic career, such as personal development, career options and management of transitions in life.
• Well-being and healthy lifestyle – healthy eating, stress management and risks in sport such as doping.
• Social responsibility – being a responsible global citizen by caring for the environment and promoting sustainable development and community relations.
• Expression – interacting with and learning from fellow athletes through digital media and evening festivals at the Youth Olympic Village.

Greek Olympic Stamps

Hi
I received these awesome stamps from Athens, Greece with nice cover. Thanks you Anthony.

2008 Beijing Olympic Games :


2004 Athens olympic Games :


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I Support Anna Hazare

Please Join Anna's Protest Against Curruption :






Dear NRI Brothers and Sisters,


In whichever country you might be living at the moment, you might be remembering your motherland and will be delighted to know what's happening here. Yes, moments of great action is going on here since this great soul Anna Hazare took up hunger strike demanding implementation of a powerful anti-corruption Lok Pal Bill. Here's Anna's biography in brief:

1. Who is Anna Hazare?
An ex-army man. Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War

2. What's so special about him?
He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra

3. So what?
This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, biofuel and wind mills. In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India . It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.

4. Ok,...?
This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities. He was also conferred with Raman Magsaysay Award in recognition of his outstanding social service.

5. Really, what is he fighting for?
He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India .

6. How that can be possible?
He is advocating for a Bill, The Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), beurocrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.

7. It's an entirely new thing right..?
In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit thier theft (corruption).

8. Oh.. He is going on a hunger strike for that whole thing of passing a Bill ! How can that be possible in such a short span of time?
The first thing he is asking for is: the government should come forward and announce that the bill is going to be passed.
Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the LOK PAL BILL. 50% goverment participation and 50% public participation. Because you cant trust the government entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them.

9. Fine, What will happen when this bill is passed?
A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say like the Election Commission of India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is to bring all alleged party to trial in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the guilty will be punished. Not like, Bofors scam or Bhopal Gas Tragedy case, that has been going for last 25 years without any result.

10. Is he alone? Whoelse is there in the fight with Anna Hazare?
Baba Ramdev, Ex. IPS Kiran Bedi, Social Activist Swami Agnivesh, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and many more.
Prominent personalities like Aamir Khan is supporting his cause.

11. Ok, got it. What can I do?
* At least we can spread the message. How?
Putting status message, links, video, changing profile pics.
* At least we can support Anna Hazare and the cause for uprooting corruption from India.
* At least we can hope that his Hunger Strike does not go in vain.
* At least we can pray for his good health.

Good Luck to all of us and our Motherland!

Yours Truly,

Ganesh Potphode

Glorious Stamps and Cover from Australia


Today I received much awaiting stamps from Australia, Complete series of Gold Medalist in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Thanks to Robin Marsh. Rob has sent me one awesome cover with 6 Different stamps for Gold Medalist.


In Beijing, Rice won three gold medals (each in world record time) in the 200 m and 400 m individual medleys and in the 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay. In winning the 400m individual medley, Rice won her first Olympic medal, Australia's first gold medal of the games and their 400th Summer Olympic medal. Recording a time of 4:29.45, she reclaimed the world record from Hoff, bettering the mark by 1.67 seconds, and became the first woman to break the 4:30 mark in the event. (Kirsty Coventry also went under 4:30 in taking the silver) Her second gold medal of the games came on 13 August in the 200 m individual medley with a new world record time of 2:08.34. Rice prevailed after being neck and neck with Coventry throughout the last 50 m, who once again followed Rice to beat the old world record.On 14 August she won her third gold medal as part of the 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay team. She led off the team and Australia were in second place at the end of her leg.


Jones won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in 100 breaststroke, touching the line a full body length ahead of her rival. Her time of 1:05.17 was 1.66 s faster than the silver medalist Rebecca Soni. While she was the favorite to win in the 200 breaststroke, she was upset by American Rebecca Soni, who won gold in world record time. Jones took the silver. Leisel also won a gold medal in the 4×100m medley relay, with the Australian team breaking the previous world record by three seconds.
Jones was awarded the Telstra Swimmer Of The Year award as part of the year's international all-star team, in Sydney in October 2008.
At the World Cup meeting at Berlin, Germany, Jones set world records in the 100 and 200 m breaststroke (short course). Jones had a low key year and opted out of the World Championships.


At the Beijing Olympics, Trickett's first final was the 4×100 m freestyle capturing a bronze medal, despite a new Australian record, many felt it was still disappointing swim. Her next final was the 100 m butterfly which she captured Gold setting a new Australian record, making her the second fastest in that event in history. Trickett's next task was the 100 m freestyle, an event she was the world record holder, she was off to a great start in the opening 50 m and ahead of world record pace but faded badly in the last few meters to allow longtime rival Britta Steffen slip in and capture the gold. Trickett seemed to be on a continuous slide after that as she contested the 50 m freestyle (another event she was the world record holder) but did not even get on the podium finishing just outside the medals in fourth. In what seemed to be a terrible Olympics for Trickett, things finally turned when her last event was the 4×100 m medley relay. In what was a competitive race at early on, turned in the Aussies favor down the stretch as they captured gold and a new world record.



Women's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay
The women's 4×200 metre freestyle relay event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 13th (Qualification) and 14 August (final) at the Beijing National Aquatics Centre. This swimming event used freestyle as a relay, with swimmers typically using the front crawl. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, each of the four swimmers completed four lengths of the pool. The first swimmer had to touch the wall before the next could leave the starting block; timing of the starts was thus important.
Two heats were held, with each containing the maximum number of teams (eight). The heat in which a team competed did not formally matter for advancement, as the teams with the top eight times from the entire field qualified for the final; there, they all competed in a single final heat to earn final placements. A team could use different swimmers in the final than had swum in the heats.
There were 16 nations competing at this event. These 16 nations consisted on the 12 best placed teams at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships plus the 4 best times after the qualifying period.
Australia became the first non-American team to win this event since it was introduced at the 1996 games.
* Swimmers who participated in the heats only and received medals.
Australian precipitant in Women's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay
Stephanie Rice 1:56.60 AR
Bronte Barratt 1:56.58
Kylie Palmer 1:55.22
Linda Mackenzie 1:55.91



Rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's coxless pair
Men's coxless pair competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held between August 9 and 16, at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park.
This rowing event was a sweep event, meaning that each rower has one oar and rows on only one side. Two rowers crewed each boat, with no coxswain. The competition consists of multiple rounds. Finals were held to determine the placing of each boat; these finals were given letters with those nearer to the beginning of the alphabet meaning a better ranking. Semifinals were named based on which finals they fed, with each semifinal having two possible finals.
During the first round three heats were held. The top three boats in each heat advanced to the A/B semifinals, while all others were sent to the repechage. In the repechage, each boat had another chance to advance to the A/B semifinals, with the top three boats doing so. The remaining repechage finishers were sent to the C final.
Only A/B semifinals were held. For each of the two semifinal races, the top three boats moved on to the better of the two finals, while the bottom three boats went to the lesser of the two finals. For example, a second-place finish in an A/B semifinal would result in advancement to the A final.
The third and final round was the Finals. Each final determined a set of rankings. The A final determined the medals, along with the rest of the places through 6th. The B final gave rankings from 7th to 12th. The C final determined the places lower than 12th.

Drew Ginn
Drew Cameron Ginn, OAM, (born 20 November 1974, educated at Scotch College, Melbourne is an Australian rower and triple Olympic gold medallist.
Ginn won the men's coxless fours at the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics as part of Australia's Oarsome Foursome, along with Mike McKay, James Tomkins, and Nicholas Green; Ginn replaced the retired Andrew Cooper. Ginn and James Tomkins had planned to race the straight pair at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics, but Ginn suffered a severe back injury, forcing him to withdraw from the boat.
In 2002, he returned to the water, teaming up with fellow Oarsome Foursome rower James Tomkins in the coxless pairs; they finished fourth in the 2002 World Championships. In 2003, Ginn and Tomkins were the surprise winners, beating the British favourites—and defending champions—Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell, which was a factor in Pinsent and Cracknell choosing to move to the coxless fours. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Ginn and Tomkins won the gold medal in the coxless pairs.
In 2006, Ginn made a return to international competition at the Rowing World Championships held at Dorney Lake, Eton. He and new pairs partner Duncan Free were able to win despite choppy tail conditions.
Drew Ginn has been keeping a blog of his rowing activities.
Scotch College, Melbourne, Ginn's former school, named a racing eight "Drew Ginn" in his honor. It won the APS Head of the River (Australia) as the schools 1st VIII boat in 1998.
In 2007, Drew Ginn and Duncan Free successfully defended their coxless pairs title, posting a time of 6:24.87 minutes—almost 6 seconds ahead of their New Zealand rivals who had stuck with them for the first 1000m before dropping behind to take the silver.
Early in 2008 Drew Ginn and 2007 World Championships gold medal winning partner Duncan Free, were pre-selected to compete for Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.


Duncan Free
Duncan Free, (born 25 May 1973) is an Australian rower and Olympic medallist. Free was born in Hobart, Tasmania but currentlY lives on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Free was a member of Australia's quad sculls team at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games winning a bronze medal at Atlanta in 1996. After the Athens Games, he took a year off before switching to sweep rowing and establishing a partnership with gold medallist Drew Ginn in the coxless pair. They won the world championships in 2006 and 2007 and the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Free also won the Henley Diamond Sculls in 2001.


Other Stamps :




Italy : 2010 YOG Stamp


Monday, August 15, 2011

15th August: Happy Independence Day


Wishing All Indian Brothers, Happy 64th Independance Day 2011










Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pakistan : 1992 World cup stamp


On the occasion of Pakistani Independence day
I am publishing this beautiful stamp Sent by Mr. Jawaid Sario from Hyderabad, Sindh

Cricket Champions of the World
Date of Issue : 02/03/1992

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

UAE Stamps : Dubai Tennis Championships



TECHNICAL DETAILS
Name of the Issue Dubai Tennis Championships - A not to be missed event
Release Date : 19/2/2007
Denominations : 1 Dhs, 3 Dhs.
Souvenir Sheet : Nil
Size : 30 x 40 mm in sheets of 20 stamps
Designer : Emirates Post
Printing Method : Lithographic
Printer : OESD Printing Press - Austria
Quantities : 50 000 each
Price of FDC : 5 Dhs.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

New Zealand : 2008 Beijing Olympic Stamps




Issue information
New Zealand has proudly been part of the Olympic movement since 1908, when we teamed up with Australia to compete under the banner of ‘Australasia’. We won our first medal the same year, with a bronze for Harry Kerr in the 3500-metre walk. In 1920 we sent our first official Olympic team, and since then our athletes have achieved remarkable success, winning gold in sports ranging from boxing to athletics, yachting, rowing, hockey, equestrian, canoeing, boardsailing, swimming, cycling and triathlon.

In this stamp issue New Zealand Post celebrated all of those New Zealanders who strive to achieve at the pinnacle of their chosen sport.

50c – Celebrate
Our 2008 Beijing Olympics stamp issue is a celebration of the event and the people who make the Olympics the ultimate sports event – those who’ve represented us with distinction in the past, and those who’ve proved they have the drive, the determination and the performance record to compete in 2008.

50c – Passion
The Olympics stamps depict four of the sports in which Kiwis have excelled – cycling, rowing, canoeing and athletics. Closely connected to our 2008 Children’s Health issue, the stamps share a similar design and illustrative style – demonstrating through words the link between the children of today and the sporting heroes of tomorrow.

$1.00 – Succeed
Olympic ‘success’ is measured in many ways – and a gold medal win is simply one of them. For New Zealanders, every athlete who represents our country is already a success; we’re hugely proud of their dedication to their sport, their willingness to train to the limits of their endurance, and their spirit of healthy competition wherever in the world their talents take them.

$2.00 - Motivate
With a long history of outstanding Olympic successes behind them, the 2008 New Zealand team had plenty of motivation! It’s a team spirit that has taken generations of teams from this small, isolated country to compete against the best in the world – and often to return victorious.

Technical information
Date of issue: 2 July 2008
Number of stamps: Four gummed
Denominations: 50c gummed (x2), $1.00, $2.00
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Martin Bailey, Auckland, New Zealand
Printer: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size : Gummed: 35mm x 35mm
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: Gummed: 14.25