Saturday, March 31, 2018

Cards From the Past Week

Good day to you all. Thanks for dropping in. Here's the cards I received this past week.They arrived from Singapore, France, Edmonton and Chile. That's a pretty good mixture from around the world. Let's do Singapore first. I actually have 2 cards from Singapore, so here's the first.
It shows the Fortress Plotting Room in the Battlebox. This is a former British underground command centre and now a museum in Fort Canning Hill. It was part of the Malaya Command. On February 15th, 1942, the decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese was made inside this bunker. This was the worst defeat and largest capitulation in British military history.

Jobbo used a stamp from 2006. It is 1 of 10 in a set showcasing Old Occupations.

Here's the second card from Singapore, one of the busiest ports in the world. In 20111, the port handled almost 30 million twenty-foot containers and over one million refrigerated cargo containers.

This card is from Jean Pierre. He used a stamp from 2017, 1 of 2 in a set of Corals. It is a Joint Stamp Issue with Indonesia.

Next is this card from France. It's a look at Rocamadour, a small clifftop village in south-central France, with a population of 645. It attracts visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. Rocamadour is classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as part of St. James' Way Pilgrimage route.

Dominique used a stamp from 2016. It commemorates the 100th  Anniversary of the  Mining School at St. Etienne.

I live just a few kilometers north of Calgary. For 10 days every July Calgary hosts the Calgary Stampede - known as " The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth" . This next card is from Edmonton - 300 km to the north. On it you see a portion of World Waterpark in WEM  or West Edmonton Mall - and incidentally called " The Greatest Indoor Show On Earth" . I wonder how they came up with that name. The weather is always warm at the world's largest indoor wave pool, with its 17 different waterslides.

This card is compliments of My Lovely Teena. She and I recently drove up to Edmonton for the Alberta Provincial Indoor Soccer Championships. Our grandson Zach was on a team representing Calgary. After beating teams from Edmonton, Fort McMurray, and another team from Calgary, Zach's team MSB Force played in the Gold Medal Game against Edmonton Xtreme and won. MSB Force are the provincial champs for 2018. Zach and the team were undefeated all year 2017 - 2018 and undefeated at the Provincials. Way to go guys. We had a great time, saw lots of exciting soccer and I even managed to pick up a few cards and get them mailed off.
Teena used the 2018 Year of the Dog stamp . Edmonton Post Office used a nice pictorial postmark called the Chinatown Gates postmark. It was introduced for the Chinatown Gates series of stamps from a few years ago.

Now it's last card time. This one is from Chile, but more than that, it's from Robinson Crusoe Island. It is the main island in the Juan Fernandez Islands located 670 km off the Chilean coast, with a population around 900 in 2011. The island is known for its native wildlife such as the Firecrown Hummingbird.
The island was home to marooned sailor Alexander Selkirk from 1707 to 1709 and is thought to have inspired Daniel DeFoe's fictional Robinson Crusoe in his 1719 novel, even though it was set in the Caribbean, not in the Juan Fernandez Islands. The Chilean government renamed the island Robinson Crusoe Island in 1966.
I can't say that I was all that familiar with this island until February 2010 when it was hit by a tsunami following a 8.8 magnitude earthquake . Sixteen people lost their lives and most of the village of San Juan Batista was washed away. Loss of life would have been much higher except for the actions of 12 year old Martina Maturana who gave the only warning. She ran 400 metres from her home to the town square to ring the emergency bell to rouse the people from their sleep.
David's card shows Rebaje de la Pina lookout from where a spectacular view can be obtained.

David used a couple of stamps from 2015. They are 2 of a set of 4 featuring Pelluhue, a popular resort town in Chile. In addition to the regular postmark, this card also received a special cancellation featuring a lobster, The Pearl of the Seas Forever.

That's it for today. Thanks for cards go out to Jobbo, Jean Pierre, Dominique, My Lovely Teena and David.

Thanks for dropping by today. Hope you find your way back here again soon. Take care.

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