Friday 31 July 2015

610. Namibia's Charming New Issue Features Young Animals.

  Namibia Post issued 5 charming stamps on 6 July 2015 which depict baby animals of the 5 species of Namibia's "Big Five" - the 5 large mammals which tourists on safari in the country want to see. The featured creatures are leopard, lion, African buffalo, elephant and black rhinoceros and the stamps were designed by Helge Denker. 
  It's distressing to think that the lion cub pictured on the Non-standard registered mail rate stamp could grow up to be shot by a dentist with a crossbow or that the elephant calf depicted on the N$5.70 value could be killed so that its tusks could be sold on the illegal ivory market. Philately may be out of fashion but we stamp collectors never killed a beautiful creature in pursuance of our hobby. Rating:- *****

  The Bangladesh postal administration issued 1 colourful stamp on 29 July 2015 to commemorate Stamp Day. Rating:-***

  Mauritius Post has issued a single stamp to commemorate the Indian Ocean Games which will be held in France (actually on the island of Reunion which is part of France) from 1 to 8 August 2015. I do not yet know the precise date of issue. Rating:- **

  The latest delights with a Commonwealth country's name printed on them, Maldives, to emanate from Stamperija have a stated day of issue of 1 July 2015 and, as usual, take the form of 10 sheetlets, each containing 4 different "stamps", with 10 accompanying "miniature sheets" all of which are on subjects which have no relevance to The Maldive Islands .... so no change there then. 
   For the record the latest list of subjects encompasses a broad range which is likely to appeal to many people who know no better. The subjects are:- Vasco Da Gama, Space, Centenary of the Endurance expedition (to the Antarctic!), 105th Birth anniversary of Jacques Yves Cousteau (well, I suppose a sub-aqua diver could be relevant to Maldives), Trains,"Space Pioneers", Centenary of The First World War, the Wright brothers (American aviation pioneers), Porsche motor cars and Louis Pasteur. Rating:- 0.

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