India Post released a miniature sheet on 15 Aug 2018 0n the theme Holiday Destinations in India . The two stamps feature Udaipur Palace – Fort (Rajasthan) and Stone Chariot ,Virupaksha Temple -Hampi Karnataka.
Jakarta -Palembang Asian Games 2018- Main Stadiums ,Logo & Mascot
The Main Stadiums where Asian Games 2018 will be held are
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium – Jakarta – Capacity 76127 – Opening & Closing Ceremonies ,Athletics and 12 other sports.
Jakabaring Sports City Complex at Palembang
Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium – Palembang – Women’s Football -Capacity 23000
West Java & Banten – Jalak Harupat & Three Other stadiums – Men’s Football – Capacity 23000-27000.
Emblem – Energy of Asia -Design based on Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
Mascots – Three Mascots – Bhin Bhin – A Greater Bird of Paradise , Atung – A Bawean Deer and Kaka – A Javan Rhinoceros. They represent the eastern , Central and Western regions of Indonesia and wear the ethnic attire of these areas.
Indonesia released a series of Miniature sheets on 18 Jan 2018 to promote the Asian Games
Voyages of Saint Brendan – Ireland,The Faroe Islands & Iceland are linked historically by the voyage of Discovery made by Saint Brendan (484-577 AD) hence this joint issue. These voyages are recorded in many medieval manuscripts and in the Icelandic sagas.
Following the fall of Roman empire Irish monasteries had become the chief repositories of religious learning and culture in Europe and Irish monks or saintly sailors began to bring these back to mainland Europe. Many Irish monks also sailed along the coasts of British Isles and Europe and beyond spreading the christian faith and establishing monasteries .These saintly mariners had a knowledge of astronomy to aid their navigation but no charts or compass.
St Brendan was one of these and there are many legends about his voyages. The landing of Irish monks in the Faroe was the first notable geographical discovery of the middle ages and by 795 AD Irsih monks had reached Iceland .In the Brendan legend one of the Faroe Islands is described as the “Island of Sheep “and Iceland as the ” Island of Fire”.
Brendan Discoveries is the theme of three Miniature sheets jointly issued by Faroe Islands ,Iceland & Ireland. A Presentation pack containing all the three miniatures is listed.
The Silver Fern that appears on the All Blacks Jersey comes from the native Ponga Fern. The New Zealand native Rugby Team adopted fern as its emblem when it toured England in 1888.At the inaugural New Zealand Rugby Football union meeting in 1893 Tom Ellison a member of the 1888 team proposed a uniform consisting of black jersey with a Silver Fern. the Silver fern has formed part of the Uniform for successive All Blacks teams ever since.
In a 1905 tour of the Northern Hemisphere the team’s early uniforms consisted of black jerseys with a Silver Fern. Since this time they have become known around the world as the ALL BLACKS.
A Miniature sheet with four stamps on All Blacks was issued by New Zealand on 14 Aug 2010. A FDC with MS is listed.