Archive for November, 2013

country of spirited people / 元気な人々の国

November 11, 2013

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2 December 2010, Philippines
Ateneo de Manila High School

I was in a highly rated national hospital in London in early September for a week.  I was taken care of by a team of the British doctors and a group of hard-working nurses – majority of the nurses were from the Philippines.  They were prompt, kind and cheerful.  My experience in the hospital was lifted up by their merrily smiles a lot.

And now in their mother country, many towns and villages are totally devastated and many people are living without safe place, food and water.  I really hope that the help they need and deserve will arrive to them as quickly as possible.

This stamp is celebrating their most historical educational institution‘s 60th anniversary since it became a university.

9月に一週間ほど、脳神経科で名高いロンドン市内の国立病院に入院したのですが、治療チームは医師団はイギリス人、看護士&看護婦はダントツでフィリピン人が多かった。彼ら、彼女たちは、きびきびとよく働き、親切で暖かい人たちでした。あの元気な笑顔がなかったら、わたしの入院生活はずいぶんと陰鬱になっていた気がします。

あの人たちの故国が今、大変なことになっている。一刻も早く、安全に眠れる場所や食料や水が被災地に届く事を祈ります。

この切手は16世紀にさかのぼる歴史を持つ学校が、大学になって60年を祝う切手です。

grapes / ぶどう

November 1, 2013

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2 February 1948, Belgium
Promotion of Belgium Export

This autumn I have been eating a lots of grapes.  It seems this is a reaction to lack of wine – as I am in the medical treatments for last two months.  Most grapes I eat are from Spain, but it looks grapes were important exporting item of Belgium in 1948.

Although mono coloured and simple design, this stamps has some strong impression for me.

この秋はぶどうを食べ続けています。療養中なのでワインを飲まずに2か月を過ごして、どうやらそのリアクションのようです。今、イギリスで買うぶどうはスペイン産がほとんどですが、1948年当時のベルギーではぶどうも主要な輸出品だったのですね。

単色でシンプルなデザイン、しかもぶどうからはほど遠い色なのに、わたしには魅力的。基本を見直す一枚。