Monday, 8 March 2010


Brian from Dublin sent me a nice postcard from a Northern Ireland lighthouse located at Rathlin Island. Six miles off the north Antrim coast and connected with the mainland by ferry, the island has spectacular settings and its cliffs play host to one of the biggest colonies of seabirds in the UK. One of the most unusual sights on Rathlin is the West Lighthouse. The lantern is set on a concrete pad built into a notch in a spectacular almost-vertical cliff. Rising behind the lantern is a square cylindrical tower 18 m (60 ft) high, attached at its upper end to a 2-story keeper's house set into another, higher notch. At this light station, the keepers climbed down to the light (it was made automatic in 1983). All buildings are painted white for best contrast against the dark cliff face. The lighthouse itself is inaccessible, but visitors can get close enough to take photos over the edge of the cliff.
On 11 February, 2010, Irish Post issued a stamp to celebrate the Chinese New Year which began on 14 February, 2010. This year is the year of the tiger which is the third sign in the cycle of the Chinese zodiac which consists of 12 animal signs. It is a sign of courage. The tiger is a natural born leader and symbolises power, passion and daring.

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