Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Jersey, Uruguay and Bhutan Postcards

Three postcards to show and write about today. First up is a card from Jersey. This postcard is quite interesting . The scene on the card shows St Ouen's beach on Jan 30, 2005 when 5000 people stood together to spell ''Side by Side " to symbolize Jersey's support for regions devastated by the tsunami. It is important to note that all proceeds from the sale of this postcard went to the British Red Cross.
The Bailiwick of Jersey is a British Crown dependency off the coast of Normandy, France. Together with the Bailiwick of Guernsey it forms the grouping known as The Channel Islands. Jersey is not park of the UK, nor the European Union, but is rather a separate possession of the British Crown, much like the Isle of Man.
The stamp used on this card is the highest value in a set of 6 issued in 2006, featuring postal history - in this case Royal Mail Delivery vans. The one on this stamp is a 1969 Morris Minor.

The second card is from Uruguay. The card shows Suspiro's route. It is a very narrow stoned paved street. At both sides are typical houses belonging to the first half of the 18th century. Salto is the second city of Uruguay with a population of 99072 in 2004. It is situated 496 km Northwest of Montevideo on the Uruguay River, opposite the Argentine city of Concordia. One of the attractions of Salto are the thermal ponds nearby. They are kept at over 38 degrees C. year round.
A couple of stamps were used to mail this card. The small stamp is a 2007 issued overprinted value stamp showing a giant armadillo. The larger stamp , issued 2006, commemorates 250 years of Salto city.
My last card today is from Bhutan. It's not often one sees mail from there, but I was lucky enough to have a postcard sent. The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked nation state in the Himalaya Mountains, sandwiched between India and Tibet. The Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul ( land of the thunder dragon). Bhutan is one of the most isolated and least developed nations in the world. Nevertheless survey data from the country suggest it is also one of the happiest on Earth. In March 2008, Bhutan held its first democratic elections.
The stamp on this card shows a Takin. The Takin is a goat like antelope found in the Eastern Himalayas. The Takin is also the National Animal of Bhutan. They stand 110-120 centimeters at the shoulder and can weigh up to 350 kg.

Tune in tomorrow for more words of wisdom.

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