NATIONAL ORCHESTRA WEEK
THE ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORCHESTRAS
There has been some controversy just this past week over the singing of certain well-known songs which are annually played at the last night of the proms. This was in reference to ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. Apparently, the words are out of tune with the current views of the world. Personally, I like the affect these hymns have when people jointly sing them at the Proms. Whilst I agree with the position that racism is racism and should be never allowed, I am also into history and these hymns are part of our history and the history of the world, and this fascinates me. I believe the prime minister has stepped in to say the hymns will be sung, as is tradition. But it is an interesting point, and I am sure this will not be the last of this, and these discussions also become part of the history of both the Proms and these hymns.
6. NOVEMBER 1983
Official Entry Ticket Postcard
GALERIE DER GEBRAUCHSGRAPHIK
Entry ticket postcard for a postcard event held in Hannover Germany in 1983. This is a lovely postcard which I picked up at a UK postcard fair. To date this is the only copy of this postcard I have ‘actually’ ever seen. I have always rather liked this one.
PADDINGTON BEAR PACKAGES
I have been neglecting these recently, probably because of all the work I have been doing on my Covid-19 collection. So, I am going to have a go at catching up today with a ‘Burst’ of postings across several of these packages.
Each sending comes in its own unique outer envelope which contains:
1) One large Postcard addressed to you with a message from Paddington.
2) One small normal sized postcard, which seems to mostly depict an animal from the country
3) A sticker sheet (there was a small book with the first sending which you are supposed to stick these stickers into
4) Four ‘FUN FACTS’ cards, about things the location is well known or famous for (I sometimes show them all and sometimes just a couple to give an idea)
5) An information sheet about a child from the area (I don’t display these here)
What you receive here are nice little collections, with two postcards per sending (although I accept that the large one is more a type of information card, or fake used card if you like, but they are nice), some stickers and other bits. They are also fun to receive and go through. Monetarily are these worth the amount you pay. Probably not, to be honest, but does that matter when the money you are paying goes to such a good cause as this.
So, lets get on with this large posting:
FUN FACTS CARDS FRONT
With this issue I will show you the front and back of all four Fun Facts cards so that you can see that the fronts are also all different as each has details of how to speak something in the language - the same words and phrases appear across the four cards in each country pack.
Large ‘GREETINGS FROM’ postcard
This one got slightly damaged at the post office. Someone spilt tea on it! You can see the stain top right, but it has not affected the front image so its not too bad (and the cards are designed to look like Paddington has spilt stuff on them anyway, just a bit more this time!!)
You may have noticed that there has not been a posting for a couple of days. This is because we have been away for the weekend with the camper van again, sadly we were not in France, but in the Kent town of Battle. The site we were on did not have very good wifi so I had a break from my webpage (it was a weekend holiday after all).
Anyway, this will probably be our last break of the year, for a range of reasons, but it would be nice to visit France again. I have hopes of travelling over in 2021, fingers crossed.
This postcard is another of the many that I found in a paperchase branch in York in what was our first post-lockdown trip away.
THE BELL INN
HORNDON ON THE HILL
“THE GREAT INNS OF BRITAIN”
I love the photograph used here. My eldest son and his family live in the small village of Horndon on the Hill and as a result I have had a drink in The Bell Inn. I do like local issued postcards, as often they have a small circulation which means that they often by-pass postcard collectors completely and to be completely honest it was my son who found this card, not me.
GREECE STAMP CARD SET
EATA HELLENIC POST
Greece has issued two Covid-19 themed stamps and two related postcards, with both the stamps and the postcards, which show different designs but with a common feel, being designed by the same artist. The two postcards depict the artwork that appears on the two booklet covers containing the stamps, which come in sheetlets of four with the postcard depicted artwork cover. I liked these and was glad to add both to my collection.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
The first day of issue cancellation used on these postcards was applied in gold ink which makes them look very spectacular. This gold cancellation was also applied to the official first day cover, but all private mail and covers submitted for cancelling on the first day had this cancel applied in the normal black ink.
The gold colour does not show up too well on these scans, but trust me, it is really quite shiny and gold coloured.
LES ARENES VUES DU CLOCHER SAINT-EUTROPE
‘The Arena view from the Saint-Eutrope Tower’
This is the town in France which our house is outside of. It used to be my in-laws house, but after the sad death of my mother-in-law this year (my father-in-law passed away a few years ago) the house now belongs to my wife. We should be visiting it as it needs some work done, especially on the garden, but with all the travel bans we have endured this year I think it is unlikely we will get to visit this year.
This Roman era arena is one of the major tourist attractions in the town and it is impressive. Over many past visits I have seen it in the bright sunshine, flooded by torrential rain (which was impressive) and under snow. The site looks much more impressive today as it has been worked on and has had much of the grass and earth seen in this image moved off it.