Friday 15 June 2018

1241. 🇸🇿🇮🇴 Upcoming Issues From eSwatini And BIOT.

  🇸🇿 At recent celebrations in eSwatini which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the country's Independence as well as the 50th birthday of King Mswati III the guest of honour was the President of Taiwan. Subsequently the Swazi king paid a visit to Taiwan and there the Taiwanese President presented to him a frame of some new stamps which the Taiwan government is giving to the Swazi postal service to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The illustration below shows the presentation and the stamps can be made out vaguely although I have not yet seen an illustration of the stamps themselves. The stamps are said to show sites and scenes of Taiwan with comparable scenes of eSwatini. The presentation was made on 8 June 2018 but the date of issue in eSwatini has not yet been stated as far as I know.

  🇮🇴 The administration of the British Indian Ocean Territory has announced the winners of a children's art competition and revealed their winning designs which mark 'Year of the Reef' with the theme being the question 'Why are reefs and oceans important?'. There are 4 winning designs which will be used as the basis of new stamps with each design being provided by the winners of 4 different age groups. The winning designs are:-

Age group 4 to 6 years - winner, Kyle Irvine.

Age group 7 to 9 - winner Megan Lee Yit May.

Age group 10 to 13 - winner Laura Gilbert 

Age group 14 to 17 - winner Ayle Law.

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