воскресенье, 5 июня 2011 г.

"Christmas letters"

I wish to invite you to the project "Christmas letters". You can write a letter about Christmas and New Year holidays in your land and send it via Snail mail. What are cooked for celebration, what presents made, what Christmas characters are in your country. Tell about your connection with this holidays, tell about best Christmas present you have got.

Postcard and letter from Germany:





Thank you Susanne!

четверг, 19 мая 2011 г.

उप्पो-Nalle



Uppo-Nalle is a series of Finnish children's novels by the Finnish author Elina Karjalainen.

The main character in the books is Uppo-Nalle, an animate teddy bear. The bear was named Uppo-Nalle (Finnish for "sunken bear") because he was originally found underwater during a river cruise. Other characters in the books are a girl named Reeta, her grandmother, and their dog named Laulava lintukoira (Finnish for "singing bird dog").

Moomins



Comet In Moominland (Swedish title Kometjakten / Mumintrollet på kometjakt / Kometen kommer) is the second in the series of Tove Jansson's Moomin books, published in 1946.
The novel has been adapted into animation several times, including the 1978 serial Mumi-troll, 1992 feature Tanoshii Mūmin Ikka: Mūmindani no Suisei and 2010 compilation movie Moomins and the Comet Chase.

Moomins and the Comet Chase (Finnish: Muumi ja punainen pyrstötähti) is a 2010 stop motion film compiled from the Comet in Moominland-based episodes of the 1977–1982 Moomins TV series animated at Se-ma-for in Poland, restored and re-soundtracked with multiple voice actors replacing the single narrator. It is the second such Moomin film produced by Finnish children's film company Filmkompaniet, the first being Moomin and Midsummer Madness, and the first one converted to stereoscopic 3-D. A similar revision of the remainder of the series for high-definition television of all 78 episodes will follow and is currently in production.

пятница, 1 апреля 2011 г.

Riga



Riga's historical centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is particularly notable for its extensive Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) architecture, which UNESCO considers to be unparalleled anywhere in the world.

Riga

«The 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight»

Souvenir sheet «The 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight» is prepared to be issued.

On April 12, 2011, (numbering) souvenir sheet of one stamp dedicated to the anniversary of the first human spaceflight is issued.
Stamp depicts a portrait of Y.A. Gagarin, spaceship "Vostok" blasting off is represented on the fields of the souvenir sheet.

четверг, 17 марта 2011 г.

"The Starry Night" from Belarus



The Starry Night (Dutch: De sterrennacht) is a painting by Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. The painting depicts the view outside his sanatorium room window at night, although it was painted from memory during the day. Since 1941 it has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Reproduced often, the painting is widely hailed as his magnum opus.

The Starry Night

среда, 9 марта 2011 г.

The previews of stamp to be issued in March

Souvenir sheet «Sochi is the capital of the XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014» is prepared to be issued.


On March 15, 2011, the souvenir sheet dedicated to the XXII Olympic Winter Games, which would be held in Sochi in 2014 is issued.
Souvenir sheet depicts the official logo of the XXII Olympic Winter Games against the background of snow-covered slopes of Krasnaya Polyana and stylized torch with ribbons, painted in Olympic colors.



Design: O. Shushlebina.
Face value: 25 rub.
Size of souvenir sheet: 90x60 mm, size of stamp: 42х30 mm.
Circulation: 120 thousand souvenir sheets.

вторник, 8 февраля 2011 г.

Postcards from Portugal



Fado is a music genre which can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. However, in reality fado is simply a form of song which can be about anything, but must follow a certain structure.



Fado

понедельник, 7 февраля 2011 г.

Postman from Russia



A mail carrier, mailman (US), postman/postwoman(UK), letter carrier (in American English and in New Zealand) or postie[citation needed] (in Australia, New Zealand) is an employee of the post office or postal service, who delivers mail and parcel post to residences and businesses. The term “mail carrier” came to be used as a gender-neutral substitute for “mailman” soon after women began performing the job. In the Royal Mail, the official name changed from "letter carrier" to "postman" in 1883, and "postwoman" has also been used for many years.



Postman

понедельник, 10 января 2011 г.

Russia. Stamps schedule_2011

The 100th anniversary of birth of Mstislav Keldysh (1911 - 1978), scientist

Sochi - the capital of the XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014

Joint issue the Russian Federation - Aland Islands (Finland). The 150th anniversary of foundation of Marienhamn

XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Winter Olympic sports

The 150th anniversary of birth of Konstantin Korovin (1861 - 1939), artist souvenir sheet of 1 stamp

Historical and cultural heritage of Russia. Museum of wooden architecture and folk art "Malye Korely"

Monuments of science and technology. Watches. Continuation of series

Russia. Regions. Continuation of series. Omsk Region, Tyumen Region, Kaluga Region.

XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Tourism at the Black Sea coast of Russia

50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin space flight

Cities of military glory. Continuation of the series. Vladikavkaz, Rostov-on-Don and Tuapse, Velikiye Luki, Veliky Novgorod, Vyborg

Weapon of victory. Continuation of series. Aviation

The 100th anniversary of birth of Kirill Shchelkin (1911-1968), professor, nuclear physicist

EUROPA issue. Forests

Architectural constructions. Bridges.

The 350th anniversary of Irkutsk

The 200th anniversary of independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Joint issue between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Montenegro

The 350th anniversary of voluntary occurrence of Buryatia into the structure of the Russian state

Russia. Regions. End of series. Novgorod Region, Tambov Region.

Natural heritage of Russia. Pechora-Ilych Nature Reserve

History of Russian Cossacks. Continuation of series

World-wide cultural heritage in Russia. Continuation of the series. Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent souvenir sheet of 1 stamp

The 250th anniversary of birth of Miсhail Barclay de Tolly (1761 - 1818), general-field marshal

Culture of the peoples of Russia. Folk costumes (headdresses) of Russian North

The 300th anniversary of plant «Arsenal»

The 300th anniversary of Moscow head post office

The 300th anniversary of birth of Mikhail Lomonosov (1711 - 1765), scientist

Happy New Year!

Fayum mummy portrait



Mummy portraits or Fayum mummy portraits (also Faiyum mummy portraits) is the modern term given to a type of realistic painted portraits on wooden boards attached to mummies from the Coptic period. They belong to the tradition of panel painting, one of the most highly regarded forms of art in the Classical world. In fact, the Fayum portraits are the only large body of art from that tradition to have survived.

Mummy portraits have been found across Egypt, but are most common in the Faiyum Basin, particularly from Hawara and Antinoopolis, hence the common name. "Faiyum Portraits" is generally thought of as a stylistic, rather than a geographic, description. While painted Cartonnage mummy cases date back to pharaonic times, the Faiyum mummy portraits were an innovation dating to the Coptic period on time of the Roman occupation of Egypt.

They date to the Roman period, from the late 1st century BC or the early 1st century AD onwards. It is not clear when their production ended, but recent research suggests the middle of the 3rd century. They are among the largest groups among the very few survivors of the highly prestigious panel painting tradition of the classical world, which was continued into Byzantine and Western traditions in the post-classical world, including the local tradition of Coptic iconography in Egypt.

The portraits covered the faces of bodies that were mummified for burial. Extant examples indicate that they were mounted into the bands of cloth that were used to wrap the bodies. Almost all have now been detached from the mummies. They usually depict a single person, showing the head, or head and upper chest, viewed frontally. In terms of artistic tradition, the images clearly derive more from Graeco-Roman traditions than Egyptian ones.

Two groups of portraits can be distinguished by technique: one of encaustic (wax) paintings, the other in tempera. The former are usually of higher quality.

About 900 mummy portraits are known at present. The majority were found in the necropoleis of Faiyum. Due to the hot dry Egyptian climate, the paintings are frequently very well preserved, often retaining their brilliant colours seemingly unfaded by time.

Fayum mummy portraits