New Zealand (Aotearoa) has ranked first on my list of places I would like to visit for as long as I can remember. Not only are the landscapes breathtaking but the culture never fails to fascinate me. One of the most widely-known aspect of that culture is the haka or Māori war dance. I observed my first in-person haka nearly 12 years ago during a cultural … Continue reading Haka
I had a 36-year-old Kate Bush song* stuck in my head for half of the night so my topic was chosen long before I actually woke up. Far from being the “random stamp” I usually select when confronted with days for which I cannot make a date match with a stamp, I simply had to take a look at all of the kangaroo-themed stamps in … Continue reading The Kangaroo
It has been a long time since I added a new “stamp issuers” article on ASAD as most of my recent collecting activities have revolved around adding to existing collections. A recent acquistion, however, included a large number of stamps from the Geneva and Vienna offices of the United Nations (both of which will feature in their own “issuers” articles in the near future) as … Continue reading Principality of Sealand
June 6 is annually celebrated in Australia as Queensland Day, the birthday of Queensland, the second-largest and third-most populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. To its … Continue reading Queensland Day
The British ship Bounty and the famous mutiny have been mentioned several times on A Stamp A Day, most significantly in stamp-issuer articles about Pitcairn and Norfolk islands as well as one about the death of Captain Bligh himself. It is a subject that has fascinated me since reading Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall’s Bounty Trilogy as a child, resulting in Pitcairn Island comprising … Continue reading Mutiny on HMAV Bounty
Mount Wellington, officially kunanyi / Mount Wellington, incorporating its Palawa kani name, is a mountain in the southeast coastal region of Tasmania, Australia. It is the summit of the Wellington Range and is within the Wellington Park reserve. Located at the foothills of the mountain is much of Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. The mountain rises to 4,170 feet (1,271 meters) above sea level and is … Continue reading Mount Wellington, Tasmania
Located in the South Pacific Ocean, the Kingdom of Tonga (Puleʻanga Fakatuʻi ʻo Tonga), is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago directly south of Samoa and about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. Its 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited, are divided into three main groups — Vava’u, Ha’apai and Tongatapu — and cover a 500-mile (800-kilometer)-long north-south line. The total surface area … Continue reading Kingdom of Tonga #526 (1982)
Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on January 26, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. In present-day Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation and … Continue reading Happy Australia Day!