<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"> <html> <head> <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=utf-16"> <meta name="generator" content="Adobe GoLive"> <title>News Archive January - June 2013</title> </head> <body bgcolor="#ffffff"> <h1><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">News Archive January - June 2013</font></h1> <p><i>Latest update of this archive: 17 September 2013</i></p> <p><i>For older items, see <a href="Newsarchive%202012_2.html">News Archive July - December 2012</a> <br> <img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><a href="Newsarchive%202012_1.html">News Archive January - June 2012</a><br> <img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><a href="Newsarchive%202011_2.html">News Archive July - December 2011</a><br> <img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><a href="Newsarchive%202011_1.html">News Archive January - June 2011</a><br> </i><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><i><a href="Newsarchive%202010_2.html">News Archive July - December 2010</a><br> </i><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><i><a href="Newsarchive%202010_1.html">News Archive January - June 2010</a><br> </i><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><i><a href="Newsarchive%202009.html">News Archive 2009</a><br> </i><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><i><a href="Newsarchive%202008.html">News Archive 2008</a><br> </i><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><i><a href="Newsarchive.html">News Archive 2006-2007</a>.</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="FR20130629" name="FR20130629"></a><i>29 June 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Tour de France in Ajaccio</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/FR/FR20130629%20PSE%20LV20%2020000%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/FR/FR20130629%20PSE%20LV20%2020000%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="355" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p>The 100th edition of Tour de France starts in Corsica this year, and this historical event is marked by local pre-stambed envelopes from the four major cities. One of the cities is Southern Corsica's capital Ajaccio, and the coat of arms of the city with its Heraldic Lions is shown in the cachet.</p> <p><a href="../design/Heraldic/FR/FR_AJACCIO_CoA.jpg"><img src="../design/Heraldic/FR/FR_AJACCIO_CoA.jpg" alt="" height="269" width="245" border="0"></a></p> <p>The PSE will be for sale in post offices in Ajaccio and surrounding districts.</p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="RU20130625" name="RU20130625"></a><i>25 June 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Universiade Kazan 2013 - Snow Leopard Mascot</font></b><br> </p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Snow%20leopard/RU/RU20130625%20MS%2025_00%20SLP.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Snow%20leopard/RU/RU20130625%20MS%2025_00%20SLP.jpg" alt="" height="372" width="414" border="0"></a></p> <p></p> <p><i>Reported by Nahum Shereshevsky</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="JP20130621" name="JP20130621"></a><i>21 June 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Hello Kitty Stamps from Japan</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/JP/JP20130621%20MS%20500%20HELLO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/JP/JP20130621%20MS%20500%20HELLO.jpg" alt="" height="789" width="289" border="0"></a><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/JP/JP20130621%20MS%20800%20HELLO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/JP/JP20130621%20MS%20800%20HELLO.jpg" alt="" height="792" width="288" border="0"></a></p> <p></p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/JP/JP20130621%20FDP%201008994%201%20HE.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/JP/JP20130621%20FDP%201008994%201%20HE.jpg" alt="" height="164" width="160" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/JP/JP20130621%20FDP%201008994%202%20HE.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/JP/JP20130621%20FDP%201008994%202%20HE.jpg" alt="" height="162" width="160" border="0"></a></p> <p></p> <p><i>Reported by TS Tan</i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></font></b></p> <p><a id="RU20130621" name="RU20130621"></a><i>18 June 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Alexandrov Coat of Arms</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/RU/RU20130618%20ST%2010_00%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/RU/RU20130618%20ST%2010_00%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="423" width="299" border="0"></a></p> <p></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/RU/RU20130618%20FDP%20101000%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/RU/RU20130618%20FDP%20101000%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="307" width="240" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Heraldics/RU/RU20130618%20FDP%20601650%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/RU/RU20130618%20FDP%20601650%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="312" width="251" border="0"></a></p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="DE20130608" name="DE20130608"></a><i>8 June 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Hckeswagen Surprises!</font></b></p> <p><img src="../scans/Heraldics/DE/DE20130608%20PMK%2042499%20HWLIO.jpg" alt="" height="257" width="330" border="0"></p> <p><i>Reported by Elisabeth Hallsj</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="JP20130604" name="JP20130604"></a><i>4 June 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Doraemon on Anime Stamps</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/JP/JP20130604%20SH%20800%20CAT.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/JP/JP20130604%20SH%20800%20CAT.jpg" alt="" height="685" width="461" border="0"></a></p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="CA20130604" name="CA20130604"></a><i>4 June 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Canadian Heraldic Authority's 25th Anniversary</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/CA/CA20130604%20PSE%20P%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/CA/CA20130604%20PSE%20P%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="394" width="575" border="0"></a></p> <p>25 Years ago the Canadians took national control of official Canadian Heraldry by forming the Canadian Heraldic Authority. Prior to its creation, Canadians wishing to obtain a legally granted coat of arms had to apply to one of the two heraldic offices in the United Kingdom: either the College of Arms in London, or if of Scottish descent, to the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh.</p> <p>Canada Post celebrates the event by issuing a pre-stamped envelope on 4 June 2013. The PSE is denominated P for Permanent (inland postage - CAD 0.60 on issue). It shows the authority's coat of arms with its Heraldic Lion both in the stamp indicium and in the cachet.</p> <p><a href="../design/Heraldic/CA/CA_Heraldic_Authority.jpg"><img src="../design/Heraldic/CA/CA_Heraldic_Authority.jpg" alt="" height="297" width="400" border="0"></a></p> <p>The envelope is sold at CAD 3.00 and can be bought from <a href="https://www.canadapost.ca/shop/stamp-collecting/commemorative-envelopes/p-341951.jsf?execution=e1s1" target="_blank">Canada Post's online store</a>.</p> <p><i>Reported by Nahum Shereshevsky</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="US20130602" name="US20130602"></a><i>2 June 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Chittenden Fishing Derby Postmark</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/US/US20130602 PMK 05737 CAT.png"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/US/US20130602 PMK 05737 CAT.png" alt="" height="257" width="519" border="0"></a></p> <p><em>Reported by Marci Jarvis</em></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></font></b></p> <p><a id="CK20130602" name="CK20130602"></a><i>31 May 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Eurasian Lynx in Cook Islands Wildlife Set</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Eurasian%20lynx/CK/CK20130531%20ST%201_50%204%20ELY.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Eurasian%20lynx/CK/CK20130531%20ST%201_50%204%20ELY.jpg" alt="" height="220" width="318" border="0"></a></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></font></b></p> <p><a id="AU20130531" name="AU20130531"></a><i>31 May 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Australian Footy Stamps</font></b></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></font></b></p> <p><a id="IL20130526" name="IL20130526"></a><i>26 May 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">The Roaring Lion Monument at Tel Hai</font></b></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></font></b></p> <p><a id="DE20130526" name="DE20130526"></a><i>26 May 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Another Janosch Postmark</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130526%20PMK%2052396%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130526%20PMK%2052396%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="239" width="303" border="0"></a></p> <p>Following the 14 April 2013 postmark for the opening of theJanosch art exhibition - &quot;Bilder vom Leben&quot; (Pictures from Life) - in Heimbach, Germany, the German Post offers a new commemorative postmark on 26 May 2013. The postmark shows some of Janosch's popular characters, including Little Tiger. The basic design is the same as the opening postmark, but the word &quot;Erffnung&quot; (&quot;opening&quot;) has been replaced by the word &quot;Ausstellung&quot; (&quot;exhibition&quot;).</p> <p>The postmark can be ordered by sending addressed envelopes / postcards franked with German stamps (computer postage not allowed) to:</p> <p>Deutsche Post AG<br> Niederlassung BRIEF<br> Sonderstempelstelle<br> DE-53253 BONN, Germany</p> <p>The outer envelope should be marked with &quot;Sonderstempel nr. 09/120'&quot;, and must arrive at the Special Postmark Office no later than the date of use.</p> <p>Postage rates:<br> Germany: Postcard EUR 0.45 / Standard letter EUR 0.58<br> International: Postcard/letter:EUR 0.75</p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="FR20130525" name="FR20130525"></a><i>25 May 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">62nd National Convntion of French Lions Clubs</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/Lions_Club/FR/FR20130525%20PMK%2057000%20LIOC.png"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/Lions_Club/FR/FR20130525%20PMK%2057000%20LIOC.png" alt="" height="281" width="600" border="0"></a></p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="BG20130522" name="BG20130522"></a><i>22 May 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Mantaritsa Nature Reserve Wildcat</font></b></p> <p><img src="(EmptyReference!)" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><i>Reported by Nahum Shereshevsky</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="MD20130522" name="MD20130522"></a><i>18 May 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Snow Leopard from Chisnau Zoo</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Snow%20leopard/MD/MD20130518%20ST%201_75%20SLP.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Snow%20leopard/MD/MD20130518%20ST%201_75%20SLP.jpg" alt="" height="166" width="274" border="0"></a></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="MY20130513" name="MY20130513"></a><i>13 May 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">The Wonders of Malaysian Forests</font></b></p> <p><img src="(EmptyReference!)" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="IT20130512" name="IT20130512"></a><i>12 May 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Lions Congress in Castelfranco</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/IT/IT20130512%20PMK%2031033%20LIOC.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/IT/IT20130512%20PMK%2031033%20LIOC.jpg" alt="" height="225" width="233" border="0"></a></p> <p><i>Reported by Marco Carelli</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="AU20130511" name="AU20130511"></a><i>11 May 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Centenary of Australian Banknotes</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/AU/AU20130511%20ST%202_60%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/AU/AU20130511%20ST%202_60%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="288" width="179" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/AU/AU20130511%20ST%203_20%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/AU/AU20130511%20ST%203_20%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="332" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/AU/AU20130511%20MC%202_60%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/AU/AU20130511%20MC%202_60%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="451" width="342" border="0"></a></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="BE20130511" name="BE20130511"></a><i>11 May 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Animals from Antwerp Zoo</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/BE/BE20130511%20ST%201%203%20LIO.png"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/BE/BE20130511%20ST%201%203%20LIO.png" alt="" height="288" width="346" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/BE/BE20130511%20ST%201%207%20TIG.png"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/BE/BE20130511%20ST%201%207%20TIG.png" alt="" height="288" width="339" border="0"></a></p> <p></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Mix/BE/BE20130511%20BK%2010x1%20MIX.png"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Mix/BE/BE20130511%20BK%2010x1%20MIX.png" alt="" height="850" width="311" border="0"></a></p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="GB20130509" name="GB20130509"></a><i>9 May 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">150th Anniversary of the Football Association (UPDATED)</font></b></p> <p>On 9 May 2013 Royal Mail will issue a stamp set and a number of other philatelic items to celebrate the 150th annversary of the [English] Football Association and the 140th anniversary of the Scottish Football Association. </p> <table width="188" border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20ST%201st%203%20HLIO.png"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20ST%201st%203%20HLIO.png" alt="" height="188" width="180" border="0"></a></td> <td><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20ST%201st%205%20HLIO.png"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20ST%201st%205%20HLIO.png" alt="" height="183" width="180" border="0"></a></td> <td><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20ST%201st%207%20HLIO.png"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20ST%201st%207%20HLIO.png" alt="" height="185" width="179" border="0"></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20ST%201st%208%20HLIO.png"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20ST%201st%208%20HLIO.png" alt="" height="184" width="179" border="0"></a></td> <td><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509 ST 1st 9 HLIO.png"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509 ST 1st 9 HLIO.png" width="171" height="184" alt=""/></a></td> <td><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509 ST 1st 11 HLIO.png"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509 ST 1st 11 HLIO.png" width="173" height="184" alt=""/></a></td> </tr> </table> <p>Six of the 1st class stamps (GBP 0.60 on issue) show parts of the FA crest with its three heraldic lions on the players' uniforms. Furthermore the crest - or the Scottish one with a single heradic lion - is shown on the sheetlet selvedge for four more players. The six stamps exisits in both gummed versions from sheets and the miniature sheet and in self-adhesive versions from the prestige booklet (printed in litho/offset). One of the stamps - number 4 above - is also issued in a retail booklet printed in photogravure.</p> <p><a href="../design/Heraldic/GB/GB_Football_Association.jpg"><img src="../design/Heraldic/GB/GB_Football_Association.jpg" alt="" height="332" width="232" border="0"></a><a href="../design/Heraldic/GB/GB_Scottish_Football_Associ.jpg"><img src="../design/Heraldic/GB/GB_Scottish_Football_Associ.jpg" alt="" height="335" width="258" border="0"></a></p> <p>The set of 11 stamps - cooresponding to the number of players on a soccer team - is issued as individual stamps, in a sheetlet showing the 'dream team' set up with players from all four countries of the United Kingdom, as well as in both retail and prestige booklets.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509 MS 11x1st HLIO.png"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509 MS 11x1st HLIO.png" alt="" height="285" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p>Prestige booklet sold at GBP 11.11 (franking value GBP 10.56 on issue). The crests are shown on the cover and on stamps. Pane 1 also includes a non-denominated label with the FA crest.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20BK%2010_56%20CVR.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20BK%2010_56%20CVR.jpg" alt="" height="414" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20BK%2010_56%20PN1.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20BK%2010_56%20PN1.jpg" alt="" height="413" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20BK%2010_56%20PN2.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509%20BK%2010_56%20PN2.jpg" alt="" height="414" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509 BK 10_56 PN3.png"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509 BK 10_56 PN3.png" alt="" height="416" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509 BK 10_56 PN4.jpg" width="700" height="412" alt=""/></p> <p>The retail booklet contains two football stamps and four definitives, and is sold at GBP 3.60 on issue.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509 BK 6x1st HLIO.png"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GB/GB20130509 BK 6x1st HLIO.png" width="700" height="261" alt=""/></a> </p> <p>At the time of writing, there's no information on the <a href="http://www.royalmail.com/personal/stamps-collectibles-gifts/stamp-range" target="_blank">Royal Mail Website</a>, but all items from this issue can be pre-ordered from <a href="http://www.norphil.co.uk/2013/05a-football_heroes.htm" target="_blank">Norvic Philatelics</a>.</p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng and Ian Billings</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="CA20130501" name="CA20130501"></a><i>1 May 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Guardian Stone Lions from Canada</font></b></p> <p></p> <p><i>Reported by Marci Jarvis and Greg Balagian</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="CW20130430" name="CW20130430"></a><i>30 April 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Curaao MS for the Throne Passage</font></b></p> <p><img src="../scans/Heraldics/CW/CW20130430%20MS%2020_00%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="450" width="681" border="0"></p> <p>The Dutch Throne Passage is marked by Curaao by a miniature sheet consisting of 2 ANG 10.00 stamps. The Dutch Royal Lion is also shown (mainly on selvedge, but with parts of the paws running onto the stamps themselves).</p> <p>Issue date: 30 April 2013. The <a href="http://www.npostna.com/index.php" target="_blank">NAPost website</a> has not been updated with any stamp informations lately.<br> </p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="FR20130427" name="FR20130427"></a><i>27 April 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">French Pre-personalised Domestic Cat Stamps</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/FR/FR20130427%20MS%204x20g%20DOM.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/FR/FR20130427%20MS%204x20g%20DOM.jpg" alt="" height="660" width="298" border="0"></a></p> <p>France's La Poste issued a sol called &quot;Collector&quot; of four pre-personalised stamps showing domestic cats. The stamps are self-adhesive and denominated 'Priority Letter up to 20g' (EUR 0.63 on issue). All four show kittens of unspecified breed.</p> <p>The sheetlet can be ordered from <a href="http://www.laposte.fr/Particulier/Envoyer-et-recevoir-du-courrier/Questions-reponses/Boutique-du-Timbre" target="_blank">La Poste's on-line boutique</a> for EUR 4.90 (franking value 2.52).</p> <p><i>Reported by Nahum Shereshevsky</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="CA20130422" name="CA20130422"></a><i>22 April 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Canadian 'Adopt a Pet' Booklet and MS</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20ST%20P%203%20DOM.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20ST%20P%203%20DOM.jpg" alt="" height="208" width="155" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20ST%20P%204%20DOM.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20ST%20P%204%20DOM.jpg" alt="" height="210" width="155" border="0"></a></p> <p>Canada Post issued a set of stamps to promote pet adoption on 22 April 2013. Two of the five P-denominated (CAD 0.63 on issue) stamps show cats.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20ST%20P%208%20DOM.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20ST%20P%208%20DOM.jpg" alt="" height="225" width="169" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20ST%20P%209%20DOM.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20ST%20P%209%20DOM.jpg" alt="" height="225" width="169" border="0"></a></p> <p>The stamps are issued in self-adhesive versions in booklets of 10 stamps (2 of each design), as well as in gummed versions in a miniature sheet with 5 stamps.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20BK%2010xP%20DOM%20CVR.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20BK%2010xP%20DOM%20CVR.jpg" alt="" height="233" width="350" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20BK%2010xP%20DOM%20PNE.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20BK%2010xP%20DOM%20PNE.jpg" alt="" height="239" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20MS%205xP%20DOM.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/DOM/CA/CA20130422%20MS%205xP%20DOM.jpg" alt="" height="467" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p>The stamps can be ordered from the <a href="http://www.canadapost.ca/shop/stamp-collecting/details-april-june-2013/p-413891111.jsf?execution=e1s1" target="_blank">Canada Post online shop</a>.</p> <p><i>Reported by Evelyn Vogelaar</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="DE20130414" name="DE20130414"></a><i>14 April 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Janosch Postmark</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130414%20PMK%2052396%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130414%20PMK%2052396%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="241" width="301" border="0"></a></p> <p>On the occasion of a Janosch art exhibition - &quot;Bilder vom Leben&quot; (Pictures from Life) - in Heimbach, Germany, the German Post offers a commemorative postmark on the opening day 14 April 2013. The postmark shows some of Janosch's popular characters, including Little Tiger.</p> <p>The postmark can be ordered by sending addressed envelopes / postcards franked with German stamps (computer postage not allowed) to:</p> <p>Deutsche Post AG<br> Niederlassung BRIEF<br> Sonderstempelstelle<br> DE-53253 BONN, Germany</p> <p>The outer envelope should be marked with &quot;Sonderstempel nr. 07/059&quot;, and must arrive at the Special Postmark Office no later than the date of use.</p> <p>Postage rates:<br> Germany: Postcard EUR 0.45 / Standard letter EUR 0.58<br> International: Postcard/letter:EUR 0.75</p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="HU20130409" name="HU20130409"></a><i>9 April 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Hungarian Lynx</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Eurasian%20lynx/HU/HU20130409%20ST%20230%20ELY.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Eurasian%20lynx/HU/HU20130409%20ST%20230%20ELY.jpg" alt="" height="372" width="488" border="0"></a></p> <p>On 9 April 2013 the Hungarian Post issued a set of stamps dedicated to the Fauna of Hungary. The issue consists of four stamps and a single-stamp miniature sheet. One of the stamps shows a Eurasian Lynx. The Lynx stamp is denominated HUF 230 (European priority letter rate).</p> <p>The set can be bought from the <a href="http://www.posta.hu/fauna_of_hungary_2013" target="_blank">Hungarian Post's Webshop</a>. The set was presented in <a href="../articles/HU20130409%20FAUNA%20FLYER.pdf" target="_self">Hungarian Stamps no 10/2013</a>.</p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng and Marci Jarvis</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p></p> <p><a id="ID_MX20130406" name="ID_MX20130406"></a><i>6 April 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Joint Issue Indonesia and Mexico: 60 Years of Diplomatic Relations </font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Clouded%20Leopard/ID20130406%20ST%208000%201%20CLP.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Clouded%20Leopard/ID20130406%20ST%208000%201%20CLP.jpg" alt="" height="179" width="238" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Jaguar/ID/ID20130406%20ST%208000%202%20JAG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Jaguar/ID/ID20130406%20ST%208000%202%20JAG.jpg" alt="" height="179" width="238" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Clouded%20Leopard/MX20130406%20ST%2015_00%201%20CLP.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Clouded%20Leopard/MX20130406%20ST%2015_00%201%20CLP.jpg" alt="" height="241" width="239" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Jaguar/MX/MX20130406%20ST%2015_00%202%20JAG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Jaguar/MX/MX20130406%20ST%2015_00%202%20JAG.jpg" alt="" height="241" width="239" border="0"></a></p> <p>Indonesia and Mexico have maintained diplomatic relations for 60 years, and marks the occasion by a joint stamp issue on 6 April 2013. That such occasions be marked with stamps showing cats, is naturally loudly applauded by this website.</p> <p>The cats in question are the Clouded Leopard from the jungles of Indonesia and the Jaguar from the Mexican wilderness.</p> <p>Both countries issue the stamps in se-tenant pairs - the Indonesian stamps each denominated INR 8000 (international letter rate) and the Mexican stamps MXN 15.00 (world letter rate).</p> <p><i>Reported by Tono D. Putranto and Marci Jarvis</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="DE20130402" name="DE20130402"></a><i>2 April 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">725th Anniversary of Dsseldorf</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/DE/DE20130402_0930%20PMK%2040764%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/DE/DE20130402_0930%20PMK%2040764%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="111" width="115" border="0"></a></p> <p>To mark Dsseldorf's 725th anniversary, a slogan postmark showing the heraldic lion from the city's CoA will be in use at the Dsseldorf Regional Sorting Centre from 2 April - 30 September 2013.</p> <p>The postmark can be ordered by sending addressed envelopes/ postcards franked with German stamps (computer postage not allowed) to:</p> <p>Deutsche Post AG<br> Niederlassung Brief, Stationre Bearbeitung<br> Elisabeth-Selbert-Str. 6-8<br> DE-40764 LANGENFELD, Germany</p> <p>The outer envelope should be marked with &quot;Werbestempel Nr.05/BZ009&quot;, and must arrive at the Special Postmark Office no later than the last date of use.</p> <p>Postage rates:<br> Germany: Postcard EUR 0.45 / Standard letter EUR 0.58<br> International: Postcard/letter:EUR 0.75<br> </p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="anchor" name="anchor"></a><i>26 March 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Tiger Postmark at Bhupex-2013</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/IN/IN20130326%20PMK%20751001%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/IN/IN20130326%20PMK%20751001%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="207" width="186" border="0"></a></p> <p>Bhupex 2013 has been arranged in Bhubaneswar, and on 26 March 2013 India Post was present with a commemorative postmark showing a White Tiger from the Nandakanan Zoological Park.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/IN/IN20130326%20PMK%20751001%20CVR.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/IN/IN20130326%20PMK%20751001%20CVR.jpg" alt="" height="372" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="GI20130325" name="GI20130325"></a><i>25 March 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">RAF 210 Squadron Honoured on Gibraltar Stamps</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GI/GI20130325%20ST%200_76%201%20HGRIFF.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GI/GI20130325%20ST%200_76%201%20HGRIFF.jpg" alt="" height="154" width="169" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GI/GI20130325%20ST%200_76%202%20HGRIFF.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GI/GI20130325%20ST%200_76%202%20HGRIFF.jpg" alt="" height="154" width="155" border="0"></a></p> <p>On 25 March 2013 the Gibraltar Post Office issued a set of four stamps and a four-stamp miniature sheet honouring the Royal Air Force and four of its squadrons. The RAF 210 Squadron's badge shows a heraldic Griffin, and it is shown on the GBP 0.76 stamps from both the set and the MS. </p> <p><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GI/GI20130325%20MS%203_28%20HGRIFF.jpg" alt="" height="455" width="563" border="0"></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GI/GI20130325%20PP%204_03%201%20HGRIFF.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GI/GI20130325%20PP%204_03%201%20HGRIFF.jpg" alt="" height="311" width="563" border="0"></a></p> <p>The badge is also shown on the cover of both presentation packs. The packs are sold at GPB 4.03.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/GI/GI20130325%20PP%204_03%202%20HGRIFF.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/GI/GI20130325%20PP%204_03%202%20HGRIFF.jpg" alt="" height="311" width="563" border="0"></a></p> <p>The stamps and other items of this issue can be ordered from the <a href="http://www.gibraltar-stamps.com/index.php?controller=stamps&action=stampdetails&id=1245" target="_blank">Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau's Webpages</a>. </p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="NZ20130313" name="NZ20130313"></a><i>13 March 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">A Lion in the Meadow</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/NZ/NZ20130313%20ST%200_70%20LIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/NZ/NZ20130313%20ST%200_70%20LIO.jpg" alt="" height="302" width="398" border="0"></a></p> <p>With a set of 5 stamps, New Zealand Post honours the acclaimed children's author Margaret Mahy (1936-2012) on 13 March 2013. The set's NZD 0.70 (inland letter rate) stamp shows a scene from the famous book <i>A Lion in the Meadow.</i> </p> <p><a href="Pics/NZ_LION_IN_THE_MEADOW_BOOK.jpg"><img src="Pics/NZ_LION_IN_THE_MEADOW_BOOK.jpg" alt="" height="396" width="399" border="0"></a> </p> <p>In addition to the set of stamps, there's also a miniature sheet with all 5 stamps of the set, sold at NZD 9.30.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/NZ/NZ20130313%20MS%209_30%20LIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/NZ/NZ20130313%20MS%209_30%20LIO.jpg" alt="" height="350" width="578" border="0"></a></p> <p>The Lion can also be found on the presentation pack, both on the cover and inside.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/NZ/NZ20130313%20PP%2029_90%20CVR.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/NZ/NZ20130313%20PP%2029_90%20CVR.jpg" alt="" height="350" width="350" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/NZ/NZ20130313%20PP%2029_90%20INSIDE.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/NZ/NZ20130313%20PP%2029_90%20INSIDE.jpg" alt="" height="181" width="595" border="0"></a></p> <p>The stamps and related products can be ordered from <a href="http://stamps.nzpost.co.nz/issue/margaret-mahy-1" target="_blank">New Zealand Post's Online Shop</a>.</p> <p><i>Reported by Nahum Shereshevsky</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="CZ20130308" name="CZ20130308"></a><i>8 March 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Czech Presidential Inauguration</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/CZ/CZ20130308%20PMK%2010012%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/CZ/CZ20130308%20PMK%2010012%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="200" width="200" border="0"></a></p> <p>For the Czech presidential inauguration on 8 March 2013, a special postmark was in use in Prague. The motif is the presidential banner with a lion rampant in two quadrants.</p> <p><a href="../design/Heraldic/CZ/CZ_Presidential_Arms.jpg"><img src="../design/Heraldic/CZ/CZ_Presidential_Arms.jpg" alt="" height="290" width="290" border="0"></a></p> <p>A postmark with similar design was also in use on election day on <a href="#CZ20130111">11 January 2013</a>.</p> <p><i>Reported by Marci Jarvis</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="NE20130301" name="NE20130301"></a><i>1 March 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Wild Cats from Niger</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Mix/NE/NE20130301%20MS%203000%2022%20MIX.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Mix/NE/NE20130301%20MS%203000%2022%20MIX.jpg" alt="" height="485" width="350" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Caracal/NE20130301%20MS%202500%2022%20CAR.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Caracal/NE20130301%20MS%202500%2022%20CAR.jpg" alt="" height="485" width="350" border="0"></a></p> <p>Niger has obviously decided to have a go with the <a href="http://stamperija.eu/en/stamp/21128/africa/23440/niger?yer=151073" target="_blank">Stamperija Philatelic Agency</a> and has issued a series of no less than 50 miniature sheets on 1 March 2013 dedicated to Nigerien Fauna (two of them - showing Giraffes - in cooperation with WWF). For us cat people there are four MSs of interest. Two are titled Wild Cats of Africa. The 4-stamp MS (4 x XOF 750) shows African Wildcats (one stamp and selvedge), Sand Cats (two stamps) and Servals (one stamp and selvedge). The XOF 2500 single-stamp MS shows Caracals (on stamp and selvedge).</p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Mix/NE/NE20130301%20MS%203000%2023%20MIX.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Mix/NE/NE20130301%20MS%203000%2023%20MIX.jpg" alt="" height="486" width="350" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Mix/NE/NE20130301%20MS%202500%2023%20MIX.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Mix/NE/NE20130301%20MS%202500%2023%20MIX.jpg" alt="" height="487" width="350" border="0"></a></p> <p>Then there's a pair of miniature sheets titled Lions and Leopards in the same denominations. The XOF 4 x 750 MS has two stamps of each of the species with artwork flowing into the selvedge, while the XOF 2500, single-stamp MS has a Leopard on the stamp, and Lions and another Leopard on the selvedge.</p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="JP20130301" name="JP20130301"></a><i>1 March 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Winnie the Pooh Stamps from Japan</font></b></p> <p><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/JP/JP20130301%20SH%20500%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="640" width="436" border="0"></p> <p><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/JP/JP20130301%20SH%20800%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="644" width="446" border="0"></p> <p>On 1 March 2013 Japan Post issued two sheetlets of 10 self-adhesive stamps each, both showing characters from the Hundred Acres Wood. The the sheetlets consist of 10 x JPY 50 and 10 x JPY 80 stamps respectively. Tigger can be found on two of the stamps and on the selvedge of the JPY 50 sheetlet, and on three of the JPY 80 stamps.</p> <p>If you understand Japanese, you can read all about this issue on the <a href="http://www.post.japanpost.jp/kitte_hagaki/stamp/tokusyu/2012/h250301_t.html" target="_blank">Japan Post Philatelic Website</a>. </p> <p><i>Reported by TS Tan and Marci Jarvis</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="43" border="0"></p> <p><a id="DE20130301" name="DE20130301"></a><i>1 March 2013:</i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">German Janosch Stamps</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130301%20ST%200_45%201%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130301%20ST%200_45%201%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="141" width="236" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130301%20ST%200_58%201%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130301%20ST%200_58%201%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="141" width="236" border="0"></a></p> <p>On 1 March 2012 Germany will issue two stamps honouring the children's book author and illustrator Janosch (Horst Eckert), His famous Little Tiger character is shown in both stamps, denominated EUR 0.45 (inland postcard) and EUR 0.58 (inland letter).</p> <p>The Tiger is not featured in any of the First Day Postmarks, but rumours are that he will be in the FDC cachet (we haven't seen that yet, though).</p> <p>We have only ben able to lift a fairly low quality screenshot of the stamps yet.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130301%20BK%204_50%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130301%20BK%204_50%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="376" width="297" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130301%20BK%205_80%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130301%20BK%205_80%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="380" width="287" border="0"></a></p> <p>In addition to the ordinary gummed stamps, there will also be somewhat smaller, self-adhesive versions of both stamps, sold in booklets of 10 stamps (marketed as 'MarkenSet' by Deutsche Post).</p> <p>At the time of reporting, there's nothing on the German Post's web pages, but the issue is reported in the information magazine <a href="https://philatelie.deutschepost.de/out/pictures/wysiwigpro/philatelie/2013_03_stempel_informationen.pdf" target="_blank">Stempel &amp; Informationen no. 3/2013</a>.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130301%20PP%204_95%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130301%20PP%204_95%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="225" width="498" border="0"></a></p> <p>There are two presentation packs in different formats. First an A5-sized Erinnerungsblatt (souvenir folder) with pairs of the stamps cancelled by first day postmarks and sold at EUR 4.95.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130301%20PP%2019_95%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/DE/DE20130301%20PP%2019_95%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="319" width="516" border="0"></a></p> <p>Then, a so called KnstlerBlatt (artist's folder) with MNH blocks of four of both stamps and then text and illustrations, all designed by Janosch himself. It is in A4 format and sold at EUR 19.95.</p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng and Nahum Shereshevsky</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="NL20130225" name="NL20130225"></a><i>25 February 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Centenary of Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Leopard/NL/NL20130225%20ST%201%201%20LEP.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Leopard/NL/NL20130225%20ST%201%201%20LEP.jpg" alt="" height="155" width="108" border="0"></a></p> <p></p> <p><i>Reported by TS Tan</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="DE20130217" name="DE20130217"></a><i>17 February 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">German Heraldic Lion Postmark</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/DE/DE20130217%20PMK%2082110%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/DE/DE20130217%20PMK%2082110%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="241" width="303" border="0"></a></p> <p>The Germering Stamp Friends (germeringer Briefmarkenfreunde e.V.)arranges an Exchange Day on 17 February 2013. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of twinning between Balatonfred in Hungary and Germering, the German Post takes part with a commemorative postmark showing the two cities' coats of arms. Germering's CoA contains a Heraldic Lion.</p> <p><a href="../design/Heraldic/DE/DE_Germering_CoA.png"><img src="../design/Heraldic/DE/DE_Germering_CoA.png" alt="" height="243" width="232" border="0"></a></p> <p>The postmark can be ordered bysending addressed envelopes/ postcards franked with German stamps (computer postage not allowed) to:</p> <p>DEUTSCHE POST AG<br> NiederlassungPrivatkunden/Filialen<br> Sonderstempelstelle<br> DE-92627 WEIDEN, Germany<br> </p> <p>The outer envelope should be marked with &quot;Sonderstempel nr. 02/008&quot; + the postmark number (see above), and must arrive at the Special Postmark Office no later than the last date of use.</p> <p>Postage rates:<br> Germany: Postcard EUR 0.45 / Standard letter EUR 0.58<br> International: Postcard/letter:<br> EUR 0.75</p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="SB20130215_2" name="SB20130215_2"></a><i>15 February 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Domestic Cats from Solomon Islands</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/MIX/SB/SB20130215 MS 28_00 1 MIX.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/MIX/SB/SB20130215 MS 28_00 1 MIX.jpg" alt="" height="591" width="882" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/MIX/SB/SB20130215 MS 35_00 2 MIX.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/MIX/SB/SB20130215 MS 35_00 2 MIX.jpg" alt="" height="595" width="759" border="0"></a></p> <p>Solomon Islands has joined the <a href="http://www.stamperija.eu/" target="_blank">Stamperija Philatelic Agency</a>, and on 15 March 2013, they will issue a set of two miniature sheets with domestic cats.</p> <p>There's a 4 stamp MS denominated SBD 28.00 (4 x SBD 7.00) and a single-stamp SBD 35.00 MS.</p> <p>The 4 stamp MS shows <br> - a Manx (though it looks semi-longhair to us, which makes it a Cymric in most registries), <br> - a Bambino (this is a first on a stamp we think - the Bambino is a cross between a Sphynx and a Munchkin - only recognized as an experimental breed <br> by TICA as far as we know)<br> - a Bengal<br> - a Sphynx</p> <p>on the four stamps, as well as<br> - a Bambino and<br> - a Maine Coon <br> on the selvedge.</p> <p>The single-stamp MS shows<br> - a Devon Rex <br> on the stamp and<br> - a Bengal<br> - a Savannah and<br> - a Siberian <br> on the selvedge<br> </p> <p>One might have one's thoughts about the plethora of stamps from the Stamperija agency, but at least these are very good pictures of the breeds - easily recognizable to anyone in the cat fancy. You seldom see such a well rounded Siberian and a clearly &quot;boxed&quot; Maine Coon on stamps. Except for the Manx/Cymric mix-up, this set would be applauded at a Cat Show (and yes, your webmaster have displayed both good and bad breed renditions on stamps in cat shows).</p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="SB20130215_2" name="SB20130215_2"></a><i>15 February 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Solomon Islands Remembers Princess Diana</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/SB/SB20130215%20MS%2024_00%208%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/SB/SB20130215%20MS%2024_00%208%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="521" width="350" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Heraldics/SB/SB20130215%20MS%2028_00%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/SB/SB20130215%20MS%2028_00%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="457" width="358" border="0"></a></p> <p>Solomon Islands issued two miniature sheets remembering Princess Diana on 15 February 2013. One is a four-stamp MS with 4 x SBD 6.00 stamps amd the other is a single-stamps MS denominated SBD 28.00. The Princess' Coat of Arms is shown on the selvedge of both miniature sheets.</p> <p><a href="../design/Heraldic/GB/GB_Diana_CoA_81_86.jpg"><img src="../design/Heraldic/GB/GB_Diana_CoA_81_86.jpg" alt="" height="417" width="566" border="0"></a></p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="RS20130208" name="RS20130208"></a><i>8 February 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Serbia: Year of the Snake</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/RS/RS20130208%20ST%2022%20TIG.png"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/RS/RS20130208%20ST%2022%20TIG.png" alt="" height="304" width="211" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/RS/RS20130208%20ST%2046%20TIG.png"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/RS/RS20130208%20ST%2046%20TIG.png" alt="" height="304" width="211" border="0"></a></p> <p>Serbia issued a set of two stamps for the Lunar New Year on 8 February 2013 (previously reported for 1 February). The main topic is, of course, snakes. But on each stamp, in the backround, a full circle of the lunar zodiac animals are shown, with a Tiger in the eight o'clock position. The stamps are denominated RSD 22 and 46, respectively, and they are presented at the <a href="http://www.posta.rs/struktura/eng/filatelija/prigodne-postanske-marke/prigodne-postanske-marke.asp" target="_blank">Serb Post's website</a>.</p> <p><i>Reported by Mirosad Zahic</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="JP20130201" name="JP20130201"></a><i>1 February 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Spring Greetings Stamps from Japan Post</font></b></p> <p><i><b>NOTE</b>: This issue was previously wrongly reported for 1 March 2013.</i></p> <p>Japan Post issues a set of grreting stamps for Spring on 1 February 2013. The set consists of two self-adhesive Miniature Sheets with 5 x JPY 50 and 5 x JPY 80 stamps respectively.</p> <p><img src="Pics/JP20130301%20CATS.jpg" alt="" height="538" width="305" border="0"><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/JP/JP20130201%20MS%20250%20CAT.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/JP/JP20130201%20MS%20250%20CAT.jpg" alt="" height="539" width="199" border="0"></a></p> <p>Two of the JPY 50 stamps show a little orange kitten. The only scan we have seen so far is from a <a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/JP/JP20130201%20MISC%20FLYJP.pdf">low-resolution pdf-brochure</a>. If Japanese is your strong suit, you can read all about the issue on <a href="http://www.post.japanpost.jp/kitte_hagaki/stamp/tokusyu/2012/h250201_t.html" target="_blank">Japan Post's philatelic website</a>.</p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="FR20130201" name="FR20130201"></a><i>1 February 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">French Idiomatic Expressions</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/FR/FR20130201%20ST%20LV20%207%20CAT.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/FR/FR20130201%20ST%20LV20%207%20CAT.jpg" alt="" height="242" width="361" border="0"></a></p> <p>France's La Poste issued a booklet of 12 self-adhesive stamps denominated Lttre verte 20g (2nd class inland letter up to 20g - EUR 0.58 on issue). The booklet's theme is proverbs, sayings and other idiomatic expressions. The booklet is titled &quot;Sauter du coq l'ne&quot; - literally &quot;Jumping from rooster to donkey&quot; - an expression describing a person who abruptly changes the subject without any forewarning or natural connection. </p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/FR/FR20130201%20BK%2012xLV20%20CAT.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/FR/FR20130201%20BK%2012xLV20%20CAT.jpg" alt="" height="311" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p>Many such expressions are constructed around animals and their behaviour, as the feline related stamp &quot;Le chat parti, les souris dansent&quot; - literally &quot;While the cat is away the mice are dancing&quot; or the more common in English &quot;When the cat's away, the mice will play&quot;.</p> <p>The booklet can bebought at <a href="http://timbres.laposte.fr/af/bv/core/content/content.do?returnUrl=/af/laposte/products/affichagePdtsDetails.do&return=true&channelId=-33625&selectedChannels=-33612,-33625&contentTypeId=0&contentId=396525&displayChannelDesc=PHI&numPage=4&critAffinPersist=DTE_EMISSION_LEGALE;date=2013&nbItems=" target="_blank">La Poste's online store</a>.</p> <p><i>Reported by Marci Jarvis</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="LK20130118" name="LK20130118"></a><i>18 January 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Sri Lanka and Japan: 60 Years of Diplomatic Relations</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/LK/LK20130118%20MS%2070_00%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/LK/LK20130118%20MS%2070_00%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="435" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p>Sri Lanka celebrates 60 years of diplomatic relations with Japan with a set of stamps and a miniature sheet issued on 18 January 2013. On the MS selvedge, the two countries' flags are shown. The Sri Lankan flag shows a Heraldic Lion. The two-stamp MS is denominated LKR 70.00 (LKR 65.00 + 5.00).</p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="MC20130116" name="MC20130116"></a><i>16 January 2013:</i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Monaco International Cat Show</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/GB/GB20130109%20ST%201_28%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/TUA/MC20130116%20ST%200_56%20TUA.jpg" alt="" height="302" width="227" border="0"></a></p> <p>The <a href="http://federationfeline.com/" target="_blank">Fdration Fline de Monte Carlo</a> and the Association Fline de Monaco will be hosting the 6th edition of the Monaco International Cat Show on 2 and 3 February 2013.</p> <p>To mark the occasion, the Office des mmisions des Timbres-Poste will issue a EUR 0.56 stamp showing a Turkish Angora on 16 January 2013.</p> <p>The stamp is presented on the <a href="http://www.oetp-monaco.com/index.php?route=information/information/loadInfo&information_id=69" target="_blank">OETP website</a> (in French only at the time of writing) and can be ordered from their <a href="http://www.oetp-monaco.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=1" target="_blank">online shop</a> after the date of issue.</p> <p>The stamp is degned by Colette Thurillet and is sold in sheetlets of 10 stamps.</p> <p><i>Reported by Nahum Shereshevsky</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="CZ20130111" name="CZ20130111"></a><i>11 January 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Czech Presidential Elections</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Heraldics/CZ/CZ20130111%20PMK%2010012%20HLIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Heraldics/CZ/CZ20130111%20PMK%2010012%20HLIO.jpg" alt="" height="200" width="200" border="0"></a></p> <div align="left"> <p>There's a presidential election in the Czech Republic this year, and on election day 11 January 2013 the Czech Post offered a commemorative postmark for the occasion in Prague. The motif is the presidential banner with a lion rampant in two quadrants.</p> <p><a href="../design/Heraldic/CZ/CZ_Presidential_Arms.jpg"><img src="../design/Heraldic/CZ/CZ_Presidential_Arms.jpg" alt="" height="290" width="290" border="0"></a></p> <p>A postmark with similar design was also in use on inauguration day on <a href="#CZ20130308">8 March 2013</a>.</p> </div> <p><i>Reported by Marci Jarvis</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="IN20130110" name="IN20130110"></a><i>10 January 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Gujarat Tourism Postmark</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/IN/IN20130110%20PMK%20390001%20LIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/IN/IN20130110%20PMK%20390001%20LIO.jpg" alt="" height="256" width="275" border="0"></a></p> <p>On 10 January 2013 the <a href="http://www.gujarattourism.com/" target="_blank">Tourist Corporation of Gujarat Ltd.</a> was the day sponsor at the VADOPEX 2013 Philatelic Exhibition in Vadodara. A commemorative postmark showing the Gujarat Tourism logo with a Lion's head was in use at the exhibition venue.</p> <p>Unfortunately this postmark came to our attention too late for advance ordering.</p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <p><a id="GB20130109" name="GB20130109"></a><i>9 January 2013:</i></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div align="left"> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">A Tiger from the London Underground </font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/GB/GB20130109%20ST%201_28%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/GB/GB20130109%20ST%201_28%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="352" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <div align="left"> <p>Royal Mail starts the 2013 stamp programme with a set of 6 stamps and a 4-stamp Miniature Sheet to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/GB/GB20130109%20MS%202_52%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/GB/GB20130109%20MS%202_52%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="287" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p>The MS' four stamps each shows 3 popular advertisements and posters. The GBP 1.28 stamp includes a poster for London Zoo showing a stylized Tiger.</p> <p>At the time of reporting there's nothing at the <a href="http://shop.royalmail.com/stamps-collectibles+gifts/stamps/icat/stampslandingpage/" target="_blank">Royal Mail website</a>, but the set is presented at the <a href="http://blog.norphil.co.uk/2012/10/2013-150th-anniversary-of-london.html" target="_blank">Norvic Philatelics Website</a>.</p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> </div> </div> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="FR20130104" name="FR20130104"></a><i>4 January 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">French Animals in Art Booklet and Year of the Snake Miniature Sheet</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/FR/FR20130104%20ST%20LV20%205%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/FR/FR20130104%20ST%20LV20%205%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="304" width="471" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/FR/FR20130104%20BK%2012xLV20%20TIG.png"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/FR/FR20130104%20BK%2012xLV20%20TIG.png" alt="" height="340" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/FR/FR20130104%20FDC%20LV20%205%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/FR/FR20130104%20FDC%20LV20%205%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="349" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/FR/FR20130104%20MC%20LV20%205%20TIG.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/FR/FR20130104%20MC%20LV20%205%20TIG.jpg" alt="" height="474" width="671" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/FR/FR20130104%20MS%203_15%20TIG.png"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Tiger/FR/FR20130104%20MS%203_15%20TIG.png" alt="" height="622" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p><i>Reported by Marcu Jarvis and Greg Balagian</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="DE20130102" name="DE20130102"></a><i>2 January 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Treasures from German Museums</font></b></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/DE/DE20130102%20ST%201_45%20LIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/DE/DE20130102%20ST%201_45%20LIO.jpg" alt="" height="277" width="232" border="0"></a></p> <p>In a stamp issue dedicated to &quot;Treasures of German Museums&quot; a EUR 1.45 stamp shows the Ishtar Gate on display in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. The stamps will be issued on 2 January 2013. The stamp shows the Ishtar Gate with its animal mosaics, amongst them a Lion. </p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/DE/DE20130102%20FDP%2010117%20LIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/DE/DE20130102%20FDP%2010117%20LIO.jpg" alt="" height="249" width="246" border="0"></a></p> <p>The Lion is also featured on the First Day Postmark for Berlin.</p> <p>The stamp can be ordered from the <a href="https://philatelie.deutschepost.de/Briefmarken/Weitere-Briefmarken/nach-Ausgabetag/1-Quartal-2013/Serie-Schaetze-aus-deutschen-Museen-Ischtar-Tor.html" target="_blank">Deutsche Post's online shop</a>.</p> <p>The gate and its Lion has been shown on German stamps before, namely on the 1966 <a href="../checklists/Countries/D/DDR_W.html">DDR</a> issue (<a href="../design/Michel.html">MI</a> 1229-1232) where the DDM 0.50 stamp shows a Lion, and you will also find it on stamps from <a href="../checklists/Countries/I/IQ_W.html">Iraq</a> (2009) and the <a href="../checklists/Countries/C/CF_W.html">Central African Republic</a> (2012).</p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/DDR/DDR19661123%20ST%200_50%20LIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/DDR/DDR19661123%20ST%200_50%20LIO.jpg" alt="" height="272" width="167" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/IQ/IQ20090317%20ST%20250%20LIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/IQ/IQ20090317%20ST%20250%20LIO.jpg" alt="" height="188" width="252" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/IQ/IQ20090317%20ST%20500%20LIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/IQ/IQ20090317%20ST%20500%20LIO.jpg" alt="" height="184" width="240" border="0"></a><a href="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/IQ/IQ20090317%20ST%20750%20LIO.jpg"><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/IQ/IQ20090317%20ST%20750%20LIO.jpg" alt="" height="184" width="240" border="0"></a></p> <p><img src="../scans/Wild_cats/Lion/CF/CF20120125%20ST%20750%202%20LIO.jpg" alt="" height="227" width="176" border="0"></p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><a id="TG20130101" name="TG20130101"></a><i>1 January 2013: </i></p> <p><b><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Cat Paintings and the Sphinx in Togolese Art Issue</font></b></p> <p>In an extensive series of miniature sheets dedicated to art issued on 1 January 2013, the Togolese Post offers some stamps of interest to catstamp collectors. First - in a set of 2 MSs picturing Egyptian Art, one of the stamps from a 4 x XOF 750 miniature sheet shows the Great Sphinx of Giza.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Mythic%20cats/The%20Sphinx/TG/TG20130101%20MS%203000%2015%20SPHIN.jpg"><img src="../scans/Mythic%20cats/The%20Sphinx/TG/TG20130101%20MS%203000%2015%20SPHIN.jpg" alt="" height="345" width="700" border="0"></a> </p> <p>Then another MS of 4 x XOF 750 plus one of XOF 2000 depict Cats in Art, showing works of Leonardo da Vinci, Pierre Bonard, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Joan Mir, Pablo Picasso and Andu Warhol, as well as a mural from an ancient Egyptian tomb.</p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/TG/TG20130101%20MS%203000%2018%20CAT.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/TG/TG20130101%20MS%203000%2018%20CAT.jpg" alt="" height="344" width="700" border="0"></a></p> <p><a href="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/TG/TG20130101%20MS%202000%2018%20CAT.jpg"><img src="../scans/Domestic_cats/Cartoon_stylized/TG/TG20130101%20MS%202000%2018%20CAT.jpg" alt="" height="591" width="569" border="0"></a></p> <p><i>Reported by Geir Arveng</i></p> <p><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="32" width="32" border="0"></p> <p><i>For older items, see <a href="Newsarchive%202012_2.html">News Archive July - December 2012</a><br> <img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><a href="Newsarchive%202012_1.html">News Archive January - June 2012</a><br> <img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><a href="Newsarchive%202011_2.html">News Archive July - December 2011</a><br> <img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><a href="Newsarchive%202011_1.html">News Archive January - June 2011</a><br> </i><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><i><a href="Newsarchive%202010_2.html">News Archive July - December 2010</a><br> </i><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><i><a href="Newsarchive%202010_1.html">News Archive January - June 2010</a><br> </i><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><i><a href="Newsarchive%202009.html">News Archive 2009</a><br> </i><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><i><a href="Newsarchive%202008.html">News Archive 2008</a><br> </i><img src="../design/spacer.jpg" alt="" height="12" width="130" border="0"><i><a href="Newsarchive.html">News Archive 2006-2007</a>.</i></p> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <p><!--The next two scripts are to enable Google analytics--> <script type="text/javascript"> var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? 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