Monday, July 27, 2009
The world was startled a century ago on, 25th July, 1909 when a 37 year old frenchman Louis Bleriot, flew across the English Channel in an aircraft designed and built by himself - the Bleriot XI. The 37 minute flight from Les Barraques, near Calais, France to Dover, England undetaken in bad weather earned him the 1000 pounds reward offered by The Daily Mail for the first aviator to cross the Channel in either direction.
His accomplishment delighted the public and shocked many in the British Military and Political establishment when they realised that Britain was susceptible to attack by air. Britain had a strong navy and could face an attack from the sea but not from the air. Politicians saw that Britian was not prepared for this new transportation system and technology.
David Lloyd George, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said "Flying machines are no longer toys and dreams, they are established fact. The possibilities of this new system of locomotion are infinite. I feel, as a Britisher, rather ashamed that we are so completely out of it.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The British Antarctic Territory was constituted on 3 March 1962, comprising of Graham Land, South Orkneys and South Shetland Islands, formally part of the Falkland Islands Dependencies. The main bases in the Territory are Rothera and Halley (both manned all year round) and Port Lockroy and Signy Island which are manned in the summer seasons only.
The British Antarctic Survey operate these bases and it was from these that scientists discovered the hole in the ozone layer.
British Antarctic Territory lies to the south of latitude 60°S , between longitudes 20° and 80°W, and, until 1989, was administered by a high commissioner, resident in the
On 7 May 2009, the Royal Navy celebrated 100 years of Naval Aviation, on the anniversary of the date in 1909 when the Admiralty placed its first order for a Naval Airship. It was a radical shift in military thinking that was to lead to the formation of the Royal Naval Air Service, later renamed the Fleet Air Arm, and which marked the beginnings of the formidable versatility and capability of Naval Air Power.
Fly Navy 100 is a programme of centennial events running throughout 2009 aimed at raising awareness of the legacy of the Fleet Air Arm. The
The stamps issued depict:
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Kiribati is an adaption of Gilbert Islands which were discovered by an English Captain Thomas Gilbert in 1788 while cossing the archipelago from Australia to China. The islands together with Elice islands became a part of the British Colonies in 1919. Stamps were issued in the name of Gilbert & Elice Islands till the islands were separated in 1975. Elice Islands became independent in 1978 and took on the name Tuvalu. Gilbers Is became independent on 12th July, 1979 and took on the name of Kiribati. Actually the islands in the Gilbertese language is Tungaru. Read more about Kiribati
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Where is Alderney located?
You can read more about this island here
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The name of the islands mean fur and no wonder the coat of arms has a ram! Ever since the islands were discovered either by the Irish or the Vikings, there have been many sheep supplying large quantities of wool.
The islands have been an autonomous part of Denmark since 1948. Read more about the Faroe islands
Foroyar (the Islands in Faroese) issued a booklet pane of 5 stamps on 28th October, 1985 to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of passenger aviation in the Faroes. The stamps depict from the top:
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Located in the Northern part of the Leeward islands, Anguilla is an overseas British Territory in the Caribbean. You can read more about it here
Here are two sets issued by Anguilla.