Saturday, September 10, 2011

Allez les bleus



I'm writing this post from the Air-France lounge of Roissy airport as I'm flying to Shanghai tonight. I will spend four days in Shanghai and I'm not sure to be able to update my blog during this period.

As you probably know, the 2011 Rugby World Cup has started yesterday in New Zealand. This morning the French team has won its first match (with some difficulties) against Japan. Good start! But they have to improve! So let's support the French team : Allez les bleus (Go the blues! Blue being the color of the French team).

I could not illustrate this post with something else than the first animated stamp issued by New Zealand on the 7th of September to celebrate the world cup.
This 3D stamp is a first for New Zealand post. It pictures a rotating Web Ellis cup, which is the trohpy that the winner will get at the end of the competition.

The trophy was crafted in 1906 and was used in 1987 for the first time as a trophy for the rugby world cup.
The Cup is silver gilded in gold, 38 centimetres tall with two cast scroll handles. On one there perches the head of a satyr, on the other the head of a nymph, the nymph, beautiful spirit of nature, forever safe from the randy aspirations of the goat-man. The terminals are a bearded mask, a lion mask and a vine.

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