Friday, August 31, 2012
"They will win me the war!" (Winston Churchill)
Woot woot! A Dalek postcard and stamp!! Doctor Who!! Who amongst you readers, have grown up watching this British sci fi TV series? The Daleks are regarded by Doctor Who as his greatest enemies. So......"Exterminate!!"
A vintage USA beer ad postcard bought by Mandy in China (China ID) but posted in the States.
Mandy is an American home visiting her family in the States but she actually works and lives in Nanjing, China. Mandy has made her own envelope for the card, out of a 2006 Chinese calendar and inserted a Kellogs box cut-out of an Olympian, Rebecca Soni (swimmer). Now I wonder why our cereal boxes do not carry endorsements/photos of our own sportspersons! :)
This is a unique card as the ID is Switzerland's. But the stamp is Germany's, posted from there. The card itself is of "Kutná Hora , the protected historical town area", a Czech Republic UNESCO site.
Märchenfee explained that she was on holiday in Czech Republic 2 months ago and bought this card there. Mmmm....but the German stamp and postal endorsement? Maybe Märchenfee also passed through Germany.
Gorodets painting - Russian folk arts
Gorodets painting is one of the most famous folk arts and crafts of Russia. It developed in the mid-19th century near the town of Gorodets. Simple and characterized by contrasting colors, Gorodets painting in tempera was used to decorate homes (shutters, doors, and gates) and objects of daily life, including spinning wheel seats, furniture, and toys. Flowered designs surrounded figures of horses, roosters, imaginary beasts and birds, and scenes of strolls and tea parties, which were executed in broad, free brush strokes. The pictures were graphically outlined in black and white to stress their rhythm.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Crystal clear seas of Krabi, Thailand
I've been to parts of Thailand, yes. But I've never been to any of its beach resorts including Krabi. The seawater looks divine! Okay, to be added to my bucket list of places to go to!
I've never seen/received a card with Malaysian Police stamp before. Awesome. Funnily, I think I used 50 sen stamp for Irani's card, forgetting that it is only 30 sen for domestic postcards!
'D' is for 'Dreaming'
Warm evening sun by a little creek. Alienne is dreaming of being at this spot. Can you share the view with me, Alienne? Because I'm game to jump right in there in the dream too! :)
Text on card: Hey Ugly! Wedgehead has his eye on you....and he likes what he sees! Finally, someone who understands him! Wedgehead understands you too. He sees things the way you see them...OK, so he has to stand on his head to do so, but still! He understands exactly what you mean.
I don't know why but I laughed and teared when I read that text! Say whaaaaat? LOL!!! :D
'W' is for Wildlife
Text on card: Some of Australia's amazing wild creatures (L to R): A wary young Eastern Grey Kangaroo; the Common Brushtail Possum foraging at night; a young Koala sampling choice eucalypt leaves.
They are all adorable!!!
Treasures of Tutankhamun 1979-2009 Commemorating 30 Years
Text on card: Collar in the form of the Vulture Goddess Nekhbet, from the Tomb of Tutankhamun, Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun (ca. 1334-1325 B.C.). Gold inlaid with semi-precious stones. Egyptian National Museum, Cairo.
Whilst there exists a worldwide fascination with Egyptian tombs, and the treasures/jewelleries inside, I can't help but recall that the latter were created for the afterlife...I leave it to the archeologists and experts to extract them and learn more about them. Because I wouldn't want to be the one disturbing the real things...call it...a fear of the superstitions surrounding them??!!!
Monday, August 27, 2012
An IKEA card from Alienne. 'O' is for 'Oldies".
Alienne writes that she still remembers her first camera, a Praktica. I still remember "my" first one too. A bulky Yashica 35mm camera. Oops, it wasn't actually mine..but my dad's, on loan to me, for a considerable period of time. Had to give it back eventually, pffft! But it served me well and gave such good results. If the photos didn't turn out well, it was all because of my messed-up focusing or improper placement of the film (the latter gave no results at all! moan!).
Now we are all into digital cameras and can take hundreds or thousands of (useless) photos in one go and store them in memory cards, sometimes not even bothering to send any for printing! :D
'O' is for 'Oliver' / 'On Broadway'
How many versions of "Oliver" have you seen? And have you read the original book "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens?
This card is of the British musical by Lionel Bart. I have not seen this musical. But I have seen replays of the 1968 and 2005 movie versions on TV. And not to forget, "Oliver and Company", the Disney version of Oliver Twist. And yes, I have read the book, many times over.
"Please, sir, I want some more."
"Oliver Twist has asked for more!"