One thousand years have elapsed since the historic events recounted in „The Saga of Burnt Niall“ took place at Bergthorshvoll in the south of Iceland. The saga deals with the process of blood feuds in the Icelandic Free State where minor insults to one‘s honor could lead to destructive and prolonged bloodshed. In the saga [...]
Archive for September, 2011
Amnesty International is an international organization fighting for human rights all around the world. Amnesty was founded in 1961 by Peter Benenson, a Bristish lawyer. The organization is concerned with human rights regardless of politics, religious matters or ideology. It was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 1977. The emblem for Amnesty which was designed [...]
The organ at the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady in the Cistercian Monastery in Plasy is a unique early Baroque instrument. Built in 1688 by leading Czech organ builder Abraham Stark from Loket, it had 29 registers and is still counted among the largest organs in the Czech Republic. The first large restoration [...]
2011 marks the 50th anniversary of Jersey’s modern financial services industry when the Island first began to export its financial expertise and intellectual capital to the world. A particular gravure printing effect together with a silver embossing gives the Miniature Sheet the appearance of a bank note.
Malta Post issued a Joint Stamp Issue with Iceland featuring ‘Fishing Villages’ as a common theme between the two islands.
Iceland and Malta are the northernmost and southernmost islands in Europe. Fishing has been the main source of revenue for centuries on these two islands. Iceland Post and Malta Post are now collaborating on a joint stamp issue occasioned by this relationship with fishing towns as the motif. The town of Húsavík is the motif [...]
Vigdis Finnbogadottir, the former President of Iceland, who is named the protector of Audlind Nature Fond, an instution working for the conservation of Icelands natural resources, proposed Wetland Conservation, a topic for september issue. February 1971 saw the signing of The Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilisation of wetlands, named [...]
2011 marks the 50th anniversary of world wide fund for nature, an organization for nature protection with global network and influence. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment, formerly named the World Wildlife Fund, which remains its official [...]
Spain post issued a Contemporary Art souvenir sheet depicting the various stages in the work of artist Antoni Tapies. Painter and sculptor Antoni Tàpies was born in Barcelona in 1923 and began his career as a self-taught artist. In 1946 after abandoning his law studies he began to paint realistic portraits and went on to [...]
In 1236, Pope Gregory IX declared the first crusade against Lithuanians having turned into the most important fight of that period, which took place on 22 September 1236 at the Miša River – the Battle of Saule between the Bothers of Sword and the army of Samogitians and Lithuanians. Covered by the shroud of Christianity, [...]