Monday, 28 July 2014

Falkland Islands

My mother's best friend married someone from the Falkland Islands and went to live there some time shortly after World War II.  Sadly she died rather young and so we never did have much contact with the Islands.

Young people who live there and want to continue their education beyond the age of 16 have to return to England.  The school my son went to was one of the few that took these students.  Many of them found it very hard to settle.  I should think it would be a huge culture shock to move from a country with a population of approximately 3000 to a city with a population of 40,000+.

A map on Monday.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Volcanoes of Kamchatka

A double helping of volcanoes.  Both the postcard and the stamp show volcanoes in the Kamchatka region of Russia.  The postcard shows the Gorely volcano with an acid lake, the Blue Lake.  The stamp shows the Karymsky volcano which has been erupting non-stop ever since 2013 and fairly continuously since 1996.

The whole area of the Kamchatka peninsula was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1996 but I'm afraid I hadn't heard of it until this card arrived last week.  There are about 300 volcanoes and of these, 29 are still active.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian. To see some more stamps on Sunday, click on the button below and visit Viridian's blog.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Borrowing and Multiplying the Landscape

"Borrowing and Multiplying the Landscape" is the title of the work by French artist Daniel Buren.  It is in fact an enormous window (in the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate) through which you can see the sea, with mirrors on either side

I bought the postcard myself because I was so impressed by the original.  I've had it two years at least and only picked it out again because of the card from the German Bundestag has a very similar shape to the left of centre.  I've no idea what that shape is but it does look very similar to Daniel Buren's work.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Right there with you

This doesn't fit my normal collections which I keep in albums, but there are others I just like to have around on view.  They bring a smile to my face, as does this one. It was sent to me from Japan and in spite of the English words, it was in fact published in Japan too.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to join in.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Deutscher Bundestag

The German Parliament or Deutscher Bundestag has been in Berlin since 1999.  This card, slightly the worse for wear, showing part of the building intrigued me because it looks so modern.  When I found some other images of the Reichstag it looked very traditional but apparently it was almost completely gutted when being reconstructed for the opening of the Bundestag.  I can't imagine the Palace of Westminster looking modern anywhere.

I find myself wanting to go to visit Berlin and to see the Reichstag with its amazing glass dome, but I've never visited Westminster so maybe I should do that first.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

White Monuments

In 1992, UNESCO added the White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal to the list of Russian World Heritage Sites.  The group consists of eight different stone built medieval buildings.

The card at the top shows the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl.  It was built in 1165 and has had very little changed over the years.  In winter the river rises and floods which makes it look as though the church is floating on the water.

The second card shows the Cathedrals of the Assumption (or Dormition) and St Demetrius.  These too were built in the 12th century.  The Dormition Cathedral is on the left in this picture.

The city of Vladimir is in the background.  The city is considered to have been founded in 1108 although the area has been inhabited for 25,000 years.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Protest postcard

Published by Leeds Postcards for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, this card shows the positions of nuclear bunkers from the 1980s, during the Cold War.

Leeds Postcards, founded in 1979, publishes political and activist postcards and is still going strong.

A Map for Monday.
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