Tuesday, 24 March 2015

GREAT BRITAIN - WALES (CYMRU)

Wales ( WelshCymru ) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east, the Irish Sea to its north and west, and the Bristol Channel to its south. It had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous, with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), its highest summit. The modern Welsh name for themselves is Cymry, and Cymru is the Welsh name for Wales. These words (both of which are pronounced [ˈkəm.rɨ]) are descended from the Brythonic word combrogi, meaning "fellow-countrymen". The use of the wordCymry as a self-designation derives from the post-Roman Era relationship of the Welsh with the Brythonic-speaking peoples of northern England and southern Scotland, the peoples of "Yr Hen Ogledd" (English: The Old North). It emphasised a perception that the Welsh and the "Men of the North" were one people, different from other peoples. In particular, the term was not applied to the Cornish or the Breton peoples, who are of similar heritage, culture, and language to both the Welsh and the Men of the North.


My good friend Laura Emily from Ukraine posted this cover from New Port, in Wales Region on March 12, 2015 and I received it on 23,March . It is difficult to get hand cancellation perfectly, so she approached the post office and instructed them to do so . Now Royal Mail not issuing regional variant stamps in the above series, so I feel it is a great asset into my collection. I have done similar covers with Scotland, England and Northern Ireland stamps too. Thank You Emily !


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