Sunday, 29 June 2014

Anthropology - Sunday Stamps

I had used my archaeology stamps before so I looked for those with an anthropological theme this week. It was not as easy as I thought it would be.

However I found something from Australia and Zambia that fit the bill.

Australia - Aboriginal Grave Posts (1971)
These are set up at a grave in memory and honour of the Dead, Bathurst and Melville Islands, Northern Territory.

The first definitive issue in Zambia on 24 October 1964 had a series of stamps depicting ancient and modern facets of Zambian life including this masked dancer.

Zambia - Chinyau Dancer
I'm disappointed that I missed the Great Britain stamp showing  Mary Leakey but I can show you another female anthropologist instead.

USA - Margaret Mead, anthropologist
This stamp was part of the Celebrate the Century Series - 1920s.

To see other archaeology and anthropology selections check out the links at Viridian's Sunday-stamps-177.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Seaside Postcard - Sepia Saturday

People paddling in this week's prompt - 


reminded me of an old postcard sent around 100 years ago from Mabel to Mrs Baker.

Brighton Beach
The card was posted on January 3rd but we have to work out the year from its reverse side.

Mabel's message to Mrs B
"Dear Mrs Baker, Brighton is very windy. We went out this morning and nearly got blown away, This afternoon we went on the pier. 
Jan 3rd, Thank your for the litter (sic). Wishing you a happy New year.
With love from Mabel."

The George V red one penny stamp was in use from 1912 - 1924. So that's why I say the card is around 100 years old.

I can't find either Littledene on Victoria Road or a Mrs Baker in that street although there are many 'Bakers' in the neighbourhood.

I doubt that Mabel would have been paddling on Brighton Beach in January all those years ago. However the postcard shows that it was a popular pastime there at other times.

Brighton beach is made up of shingle and not the sort I would be happy paddling from. I prefer the sandy type that we have in the north-east.

Saltburn Beach and Hunt Cliff 2013
And on the other side of the pier on the same October day.

Saltburn Beach
Well at least the dogs were paddling if not the people.

Now you may paddle over to Sepia-Saturday-234 to see who else is getting their feet wet.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Summer - Thematic Photography

We have spent the weekend combating wasps. My wife found out the hard way that they were not amused when the clematis was being pruned and they attacked when disturbed. They had a nest in our bird box. The only way we defeated them was to drop the box into a bucket of water and hold it under with a house brick for 24 hours.

Other creatures are much less threatening in the summer sun.

Mouse on the Geum stalks to reach some seeds
This photo was taken from 15ft away and through the double glazed window of our lounge.

I also came across a youngster that was not in the least bit afraid.

Young Grey Squirrel
They must have known that it's summer time in the village this week.


Last Saturday it was the annual scarecrow competition. But what says it's summer in England more than a game of cricket?


He's just one in the tableau of - 

The Cricket Match
Twenty-six houses hosted scarecrows this year. I'll post more of them in separate blog posts as I did last year.

To see other summer events it will be worth your while to follow the links at Carmi's Thematic-photographic-298.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

World Cup - Sunday Stamps

With the World Cup in full swing it seemed appropriate to choose football stamps this week.

The tournament in Sweden in 1958 saw Brazil win the cup. Poor England had their worst result ever until this year when we are 'out' after just two matches. However my World Cup stamp from that year comes from none of these three countries.


World Cup 1958 - Czechoslovakia
1962 saw Chile host the tournament, won yet again by Brazil. My stamp for this is not from Chile either but from - 

World Cup 1962 - Hungary
A stamp from Ruanda commemorated the Cup in 1966.

World Cup 1966 - Ruanda
Of course the Cup that year was hosted by England; Great Britain issued a set of three commemoratives on 1 June 1966. I only have two of these.

World Cup 1966 - Great Britain
The stamps were:
  • 4d Player with Ball
  • 6d Goalmouth Melee
  • 1/3d Goalkeeper saving Goal.
The 4d stamp was reissued on 18 June 1966 with the wording added "ENGLAND WINNERS"

I wonder how many tears there will be and how many years we will have to wait to see that again.

To see what others have chosen this week follow the links at Viridian's Sunday-stamps-176.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Going for Gold - Sepia Saturday

When it comes to wedding photos we do not have that many to match with a group like this - 



The Yorkshire sun is shining on Alexander (Alan's son) and Heather today. May they go for gold as some of us have done..


St Michael's Church, Stamford
(View down Ironmonger Street)
That's the church in which my wife and I married in 1958. Sadly now it has been converted into shops.

However on that fateful day a wedding group graced its doorway.

L-R: My mother, best man Ian Norton, groom and bride, bride's father and mother (Bob and Amy), bridesmaid Clare Trusty
The only survivors from this group are my wife and I. However I can show you Bob and Amy with one of their granddaughters as a bride from some time later.

Bob, Christine and Amy
Time warps as you get older and already our golden wedding has come and gone. In 2008 our sons and daughter treated the happy pair to a celebration on Tresco in the Isles of Scilly.

The Golden Couple
And just so that they are not left out, here's the 'kids' with their mother.

Andrew, Rachel and Adrian
One of the things we acquired for our golden wedding was a souvenir rosebush. Here's how it looks today nearly six years later.

The Golden Rose
I tried to find some music to end this post and could find nothing better than;-


The title may be 'One Rainy Wish' but listen to the words - 'Golden rose, the colour of the dream I had not too long ago.'

For other nuptial reminiscences accept the invitations at Sepia-Saturday-233.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Circus Acts/Fairs - Sunday Stamps

A set of four commemoratives on British Fairs were issued on 5 October 1983. I only have the first of these.


Great Britain - Merry-go-round
The other three covered
  • 20.1/2p Big wheel, Helter Skelter and Performing Animals
  • 28p Sideshows
  • 31p Early Produce Fair

From 2002 I found some circus stamps


Great Britain - Lion Tamer  
You'll notice that this First Class stamp was a Europa issue. However the 45p stamps was not.

Great Britain - Krazy Kar
These two were part of a set of 5 issued on 10 April 2002. The others were:

  • Slack wire act (Second class stamp)
  • Trick Tri-cyclists (Europa)
  • Equestrienne (65p)

Viridian's theme for this week has been 'circus clowns or fun fairs' - to see other contributions check out the links at Sunday-stamps-175.

Friday, 13 June 2014

A Lot of Flak - Sepia Saturday

Back in 1941 when young Gunter approached his local station I doubt that he would have seen a sight like that in this week's prompt.


After all he would catch a train from Berlin-Humboldthain and it probably did not look as peaceful as in 2010.

Berlin - Gesundbrunnen S Bahnhof, Humboldthain
(14 Nov 2010 - Peter Kuley - CC BY-SA 3.0)
Nor would the platforms have been as empty as this.

Berlin-S Bahnhof, Humboldthain 
(9 Oct 2012 - IngolfBLN - CC BY-SA 2.0)
On his way from Müller Strasse to the station he would not have had such a picturesque view of the park as this.

Berlin - Humboldthain Aussichtspunkte Bunker
(Andreas Praefcke - CC By-SA 3.0)
Back in 1941 the Observation Point Bunkers had a more sinister use. They formed one of the three blockhouse towers in Berlin for antiaircraft guns ordered to be built by Hitler in 1940 and used by the Luftwaffe to defend the city against the Allies air raids.

Flak Assistant - Berlin Gesundbrunnen Flak Tower, Humboldthain with two heavy flak guns - 1943
(Norbert Radtke Family Archive - by Henry Radtke)
At he end of the war the tower was partly demolished. Today it is inside Humboldthain Park.

I just wonder whether Gunter was as close as this to the towers when he took his train journeys.

Partly Demolished Flak Towers, Humboldthain
(Unknown date - source; Dario J Lagana, www.norte.it - CC Commons)
Gunter was a young man in 1941 and could travel by train at half fare third class between Berlin - Humboldthain and Berlin - Karow.

Gunter  and his permit for fare reduction 1941
Unfortunately I cannot make out his surname; he lived at Müller Strasse 1 and apparently was a gardener (Kleingärtner).

I hope he survived the war and that the Flak Tower protected him.

All aboard for more trains and train journeys at Sepia-Saturday-232.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

First Flights - Sunday Stamps

A set of stamps commemorating anniversaries was issued on 2 April 1969. It contained a stamp I have shown before.

Great Britain
And a stamp commemorating the first England-Australia flight made later in 1919.

Great Britain
The plane is a Vickers Vimy. The Australian Government had put up a £A10.000 prize for the first Australians to fly from Great Britain to Australia. Captain Ross MacPherson Smith. his (Lieutenant) brother Keith. and mechanics Wally Shiers and Jim Bennett were the crew that flew from Hounslow Heath in London to Darwin with as many as ten stops along the way.

How much quicker is it these days on a plane powered by the invention of Sir Frank Whittle.

Great Britain (issued 19 September 1967)
Now you should jet off to see what other air transport awaits at Viridian's Sunday-stamps-174.



Thursday, 5 June 2014

Bird Strike

I sat watching television news early this morning when there was a loud thud on the lounge window. Outside with its head down in a flowerpot was this bird:

Male Bullfinch
I turned it onto its side to take the photo. It was still alive, but out for the count.

I picked it up and it managed to open one eye. Rather than leave it in the flowerpot I wrapped it in a small hand towel and left it on the paved path in front of the window.


Although it was more comfortable its eyes were still closed. In a short while it was more lively.

Male Bullfinch in full colour

I watched it through the window as it revived but thought I would not disturb it again just to remove that small dead leaf from its head.

After about an hour it staggered off the towel and went behind the flowerpot in which I had found it. When I went to check that it was alright it flew into one of our trees apparently none the worse for its painful clash with our double glazing.

We don't see bullfinches all that often but the male is without doubt the most colourful of the birds we see.



I saw another sign - Thematic Photography

It's not often that I have a second try at one of Carmi's themes.

But if I were a dog ...
I'd want my money back.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

I saw a sign - Thematic Photography

One day recently a new sign suddenly appeared in our village.

Temporary road sign
My first thought was that this is a strange place to put a sign like this, a mere 20 feet before the speed limit expires.

Or is it sneaky as the approaching van cannot see what it says? If it's speeding will it get caught?


The car leaving the village will have seen the sign, but is it too late for it to get caught as it now can increase its speed from 40 to 60 mph?

In either case how will the police know what their speeds were?

But look what's above another sign.

CCTV cameras point in both direction.
No-one gets any warning they are there - and the speed check sign has gone.

Guess we will just have to read the court case reports to see who got caught!

To see signs seen by others check out the links at Carmi's Thematic-photographic-297.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

British Conductors - Sunday Stamps

I can claim a faint connection to one of these four British conductors.


From left to right, they are - 

  • Sir Henry Wood
  • Sir Thomas Beecham
  • Sir Malcolm Sargent
  • John Barbirolli
I picked up the presentation set  recently, including a PHQ card for each of them.

Sir Henry Wood - PHQ
The four stamps below are in the same order as the first photo.

Great Britain - Music and Conductors
issued 10 September 1980
Sir Henry Wood founded the Promenade Concerts held in the Royal Albert Hall and which are named after him. Of course all four conducted concerts there.

Sir Thomas Beecham's fortune was based on those famous pills advertised as 'worth a guinea a box'. I may have taken a few in my time but that is not the 'connection' I claim.

Sir Malcolm Sargent was brought up in Stamford, Lincolnshire and won a scholarship to Stamford School. Much later so did I, but there the connection ends as no-one could say I am musical at all.

For more musical themes please follow the links at Viridian's Sunday-stamps-173.