According to Wikipedia, a vacation is a leave of absence from a regular occupation, or a specific trip or journey, usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism. In the United Kingdom, the word vacation once specifically referred to the long summer break taken by the law courts and then later the term was applied to universities. The custom was introduced by William the Conqueror … Continue reading A Thousand and One Posts…Going on Vacation!
We have reached the end of 2018 as well as A Stamp A Day’s “A Month of Christmas” series which never really strayed from the topic (Kwanzaa is a Christmas alternative and the Apollo 8 mission occurred over the holiday and is notable for its Christmas Eve message from lunar orbit). While I examined a host of traditions which focused more on modern United States … Continue reading Новый Год / Novy God (Russian New Year Celebration)
It’s November and, in Thailand, that means the second term of the school year starts tomorrow — at least in the majority of government-operated schools in Phuket. I had a relatively relaxing October, teaching a few business classes on the weekends and a lot of downtime in between (as deputy head teacher for a large language school and teaching agency, I do still have to … Continue reading Welcome to November! It’s Back-to-School Time in Thailand!
With the issuance of the world’s first postage stamps, the Penny Black and the Two Penny Blue, in early May 1840, came the birth of the hobby of collecting postage stamps and related objects. However, revenue stamps had been collected since the previous century with John Bourke, Receiver General of Stamp Dues in Ireland often credited as the first collector. In 1774, he assembled a book … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Birth of Collecting & Philately
This is the 700th article I’ve posted to A Stamp A Day since started the blog back on July 1, 2016. I haven’t missed a single day although some of the earlier posts were quite brief and a few times I posted articles saying I was “too tired” or “too busy” to write much of anything and then I ended up writing much more than … Continue reading Post #700 — Russian Icebreaker “Lenin”
May 27 in Japan is remembered as Navy Anniversary Day (海軍記念日 — Kaigun Kinen’bi) which commemorated the Battle of Tsushima, a major naval battle in 1905 fought between Russia and Japan during the Russo-Japanese War. It was naval history’s only decisive sea battle fought by modern steel battleship fleets, and the first naval battle in which wireless telegraphy (radio) played a critically important role. It has … Continue reading Japan Navy Anniversary Day
S-56 was a Stalinets-class submarine of the Voyenno-morskoy flot SSSR (Военно-морской флот СССР), ‘Military Maritime Fleet of the USSR’) — the naval arm of the Soviet Armed Forces — known as the Soviet Navy or the Red Fleet in English. She was laid down by Shipyard #194 in Leningrad on November 24, 1936, and then shipped in sections by rail to Vladivostok where it was reassembled … Continue reading Soviet Submarine S-56
On March 12, 1918, Moscow (Москва́ — Moskva) became the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years. Today, it is remains the capital and is the most populous city of Russia, with 12.2 million residents within the city limits and 17.1 million within the urban area. Moscow is recognized as Russian federal city. It is one of my favorite cities … Continue reading Moscow Kremlin