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Monday, November 24, 2008

"Hannover"

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A postcrossing post card from Nika in Gernany.

Nika is a nanny for four kids from the USA.

She says she'd like to visit Australia, but the long flight discourages her.

Thanks for the postcard, Nika, and...Fight your fear!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Emma-Zazzle

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A surprise postcard from Emma who created it at Zazzle.com - I really must try making something there soon!

Thanks Emma!

"Finland"

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A Postcrossing postcard from Kirsi in Lahti, Finland.

Kirsi lived in Australia for a while in Mt Gambier, Australia.

Thanks Kirsi!

"Neva. The Granite Sculptures. Shih Tze"

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A Postcrossing postcard from Natalye in Moscow.

She works in a library and writes that the sculpture is based on what Alexander Pushkin wrote in the poem "The Bronze Horseman":

"...the Neva now is clad in granite with many a bridge to overspan it;
The islands lie beneath a screen
Of gardens deep in dusky green."

The stamps look amazing too.

What a wonderful world we live in.

Thanks Natalye!

"A Calm Sea"

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A Postcrossing postcard from Aurore in France.

This is one of her favourite vacation spots on the Atlantic Coast.

Don't you just love that Mammoth stamp? :)

Thanks, Aurore!

Monday, November 10, 2008

More memory excavation


Another one of my very early memories is visiting the Daily Mail Boys and Girls Exhibition at Olympia in London sometime between December 1964 and January 1965.

Dr Who had just recently hit the airwaves and was very popular, so they had a Dalek Exhibition.

I used to be terrified when Dr Who came on the TV. Just the music was enough to make me hysterical.

Another Huutajat Video

These guys are amazing, funny and entertaining.

Gutsy too.

"Big Gate of Itsukushima-Shrine Miyajima"

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A Postcrossing Postcard from Nao in Japan.

It's worth a closer look at the ships on those postage stamps too. Just click on the image. They're amazing.

Thanks, Nao!

Friday, November 07, 2008

"Tower Bridge - Gateway to the City of London"

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Spans the River Thames. Constructed of steel, clothed in stone of Gothic style. Opened in 1894 by the Prince of Wales.

A Postcrossing Post Card from Susanna in Bournemouth who has a PhD in French Lit, but still has time to enjoy movies like "Gone Baby Gone".

Thanks, Susanna!

"Old Calendar Picture"

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A 1930's painting about beautiful Asian women.

A Postcrossing Post Card from Wei Xue in China.

Wei Xue studies architecture.

Thanks Wei Xue!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

"Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights"

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Aren't the Northern Lights amazing?

This is a Postcrossing Post Card from Birgit in Germany.

She's studying Geodesy (The science of measuring and representing the Earth, including its gravitational field, in a 3-dimendional time-varying space) and is currently applying for jobs.

Good luck and thank you, Birgit!

"Huutajat Men's Shouting Choir"

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A Postcrossing post card from Marika in Finland.

This choir doesn't sing, they shout. They're absolutely amazing! You can see some of their work on their website at http://huutajat.org including a fascinating rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Have a look at the video below too!

What an amazing world we live in!

Thanks Marika!


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Monday, November 03, 2008

Mo, Mark, Mo!

Movember - Sponsor Me

We're supporting Mark's efforts to raise funds for Men's health during the month of Movember. (Yes, MOvermber). He's growing a mo, and the money goes to combat such things as prostate cancer and depression.

Good on ya Mark!

If anyone else would like to supoort him, just click on the logo above.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Postcards from Tassie

Strahan, TasmaniaThe Tamar Valley, Tasmania

I was away this week in Tasmania doing some work, so I thought I'd send some postcards home.

I'm often sending postcards to complete strangers via Postcrossing, so I thought it would be a pleasant change to send something to those I love.

It's ironic. We often write notes or emails to colleagues, clients and suppliers, but how often do we write something worthwhile to those that matter to us most.

And these days, how often do we actually write something to anyone all?

Anyway, Tasmania's a wonderful place, and I feel really fortunate to be able to see it so often. I love it!