Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Tame & The Wild


Tame animals, also known as household pets, are actually descendants of their wild ancestors. Having adapted to an existence among humans for centuries, these animals have lost their wild instincts. Although closely resemble their wild cousins, these tame animals have become affectionate pets, and their existence depends upon human, who takes care of their needs.

Wild animals, on the other hand, are highly dependent on the ecosystem, whereby their very existence is threatened by changes in their habitats, such as habitat destruction. They are less adaptable than their tame cousins.

The 4 animals featured in the 2002 Malaysia Stamp Week issue are, from left to right :

1.  Leopard Cat (the wild)
2.  Domestic Cat (the tame)
3.  Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (the tame)
4.  Buffy Fish-Owl (the wild)

Slightly larger than domestic cat, the Leopard Cat inhabits forests and mature plantations of Malaysia, and it is an efficient killer. Very aggressive, it is extremely difficult to tame. Its cousin, the Domestic Cat, has for centuries been a popular household pet. The domestic cat has not totally lost its wild instincts, as it is still an efficient killer, who uses its keen eyesight to hunt for rats and small birds.

The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, originates from Australia and New Guinea, is a popular cage bird due to its wholly white plumage and its erect light yellow crest. It can be taught to perform a variety of acts. The Buffy Fish-Owl inhabits forested waterways and swampy localities throughout much of lowland Malaysia. Its yellowish underparts with fine dark streaks make it a beautiful bird.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 17 Dec 2002
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 30 sen and 2 x RM1
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Together with above stamp issue are 2 sets of miniature stamp issue, featuring the following :

1.  Design A - Porcupine Fish and Goldfish
2.  Design B - Giant Squirrel and Rabbit

I do not have above designs in my collection, unfortunately, but of course, am searching for them to make my collection complete :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Australia 50 Years of Television


"Good evening and welcome to television." - Bruce Gyngell, 16 Sep 1956.

And on this day, the Australian public was introduced to this remarkable new broadcast medium - the television. Although the idea of television had been around in Europe and America for decades, the war has curtailed television's up-take in Australia.

Few households had the luxury of a television when first introduced, but Australians embraced the technology and now most households have at least one.

Television commands a strong place in our lives. It transmits stories, knowledge and values, and has the power to shape and reflect culture and identity.

This stamp issue celebrates 50 years of television in Australia in 2006. Each of the stamps features a programme from across the five decades of Australian television :

Top row, from left to right ...
1.  In Melbourne Tonight
2.  Homicide
3.  Dateline

Bottom row, from left to right ...
4.  Neighbours
5.  Kath & Kim

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 24 Oct 2006
Postmark : Melbourne GPO 3000 VIC
Denomination : 5 x 50c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Malaysian television broadcasting was introduced on 28 Dec 1963, with colour television introduced on 28 Dec 1978. Full-time colour transmissions was officially inaugurated on New Year's Day 1982.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Temple of Preah Vihear


The Temple of Preah Vihear in Cambodia is an ancient Hindu temple built during the reign of the Khmer Empire. It is situated atop a 525-metre cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, 400 km north of Phnom Penh and 140 km northeast of Angkor -  in immediate proximity to Cambodia’s border with Thailand.

The history of the founding of the Temple of Preah Vihear is known, thanks for the five inscriptions found. The first was found in Angkor, while the other four were on the side of the Temple of Preah Vihear.

As a key edifice of the empire's spiritual life, it was supported and modified by successive kings, hence the temple bears elements of several architectural styles. The temple also gives its name to Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, where it is now located.

The Temple of Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 7 Jul 2008. This stamp issue by The Ministry of Posts and Communications of the Kingdom of Cambodia is to commemorate this event.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 9 Nov 2008
Postmark : Kingdom of Cambodia
Denomination : 6,000R
Stamp Size : 31mm x 45mm
Printing Process : Offset

A LIL' NOTE

The natural and spectacular setting of the three summits six hundred meters above of and overlooking the plain was, according to some experts, an invocation of the spirit of the founders of the Devine Trinity in Hinduism : VISHNU-SHIVA-BRAHMA.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Cats and Dogs


Once only kept by the very wealthy, pets are now family members of many households. Of all the animals kept as pets, cats and dogs are the most popular.

Household animals in the past were kept primarily because they served a useful purpose. Dogs were kept to guard or hunt, while cats keep mice away. Over time, cats and dogs are valued for their companionship, not simply due to their usefulness.

Domestic cats have an ancient history whereby they can be seen in Egyptian frescoes as far back as 2,000 BC. Cats are agile, athletic predators, with acute sense of smell and touch, which help them find its way in the dark.

Dogs, meanwhile, were the first domesticated animal, and are the descendants of wolves. The many modern breed dogs have come through human intervention. Dogs have sharper hearing and better motion and night vision than human. Dogs can detect smells that humans can't.

This stamp issue by Australia Post is the theme for Australia 2004 Stamp Collecting Month. This issue features a Labrador Retriever puppy, the black and white cat, West Highland Terriers, a ginger and white kitten, as well as a Jack Russell Terrier.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 21 Sep 2004
Postmark : Artarmon 2064 NSW
Denomination : 4 x 50c and 1 x AU$1.00
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Tullis Russell

A LIL' NOTE

A healthy cat can live between 10 and 20 years. Having said that, according to the Guinness World Records, the oldest cat ever is Creme Puff, from Texas, USA. Creme Puff was born on 3 Aug 1967 and lived until 6 Aug 2005 - an amazing 38 years and 3 days!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cat Postures and Trust

Have been lax lately - what with all the Lunar New Year festive celebrations, longer hours at work, and on medication, rest was what I needed.

Anyway, it's high time to catch up now, on a late Friday night.

And, let's break it by sharing something on cats.

Check this out - A chart on cat postures, and the relevant level of trust ...


Ha, and my dear old fuzzy likes to lie flat on the back, and I thought that she's lazy. Seems not, huh?

Have a good MEOW weekend :)