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28 October 2010

Cabo da Roca

Portugal (2008)
19th June, 2010. Lisbon

Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of Eurasian mainland, located in the west of Lisbon 42km, the capital of Portugal. There has one lighthouse faces Atlantic Ocean built on 1772 and it still works nowadays. A monument with a crucifix bearing an inscription by Luís de Camões (c.1524-1580) in Portuguese not far away from the lighthouse says Aqui, onde a terra se acaba e o mar começa (Here, where the land ends and the sea begins).

Portugal (2008)
19th June, 2010. Lisbon

18 October 2010

Post & Go labels

From left to right :
Wood Pigeon (斑尾林鴿) ; Starling (椋鳥)
European Robin (知更鳥) ; Goldfinch (紅額金翅雀)

Great Britain (2010)
17th September, 2010. Bristol

In 2007, Royal Mail and Post Office tried introduce self-service posting machines in selected branches, it will be more convenient to customer to post stuff. Following the machine, there has one specially designed label using on this system, and it was firstly appeared at Bristol. The label in golden coloured with queen head, similar with Machin definitive.

After 2 years, Post Office considered change the design of labels, the idea came from the election results of Big Garden Birdwatch by RSPB. 6 of 20 be selected in first series and more will be on further issues. Six birds are commonly and popular in nationwide are House Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Starling and Robin, however only 5 labels in each strip, the sixth label will be provided on next strip.

A set of self-illustrated maxicards be arranged, it was the first set self-illustrations be produced as mass production. All illustrations similar as the backgrounds of this blog and 4 selected to show as below. The second series of Bird Post & Go labels is planned to be issued on September.

11 October 2010

Tai O

Hongkong (2005)
26th May, 2008. Tai O

Hongkong (2005)
26th May, 2008. Tai O

The stamps is joint-issued with Portugal in 2005, shown two fishing village of Tai O of Hongkong and Aldeia da Carrasqueira of Portugal.

Tai O is in the westernmost of Hongkong, a famous fishing village in Lantau Islands. Most of resident are Tanka when the village founded on early 16th century, it has been occupied by Portuguese in short period. In this 200 years, resident mainly work in fishing or salt field, as it nearby Pearl River, it also attracted Hoklo and Hakka live in there.

In recent days, as less people work in fishing, seafood manufacturing and processing become popular industry of the village. Moreover as the village still keeping in old-fashion style in model Hongkong, it also attracts tourist come from urban area or overseas. Salted cod and shrimp paste are famous local products to tourist.

The houses in Tai O called Pang Uk as known as stilt houses are built beside the rivers, it is the most attraction in Tai O. Unfortunately in 2000, a fire mishap damaged half of old wooden houses and now the houses rebuilt with metal materiel, little bit lost its feature.

These two postcards are published by Tai O Workshop, two of six cards shown the salted cods and Pang Uk respectively. The workshop, together with antiques and almost Tai O village, were destroyed by typhoon on 2008.