Saturday, 25 June 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM ENGLAND

Beachy Head is a chalk headland on the south coast of England, close to the town of Eastbourne in the county of East Sussex. The fabulous white cliff on the postcard is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 m (530 ft) above sea level. Beachy Head Lighthouse was first lit in 1902, sited about 165 meters seawards from the base of the cliffs. It was built to replace the decommissioned Belle Toute Lighthouse located 2.5 km (1.5 mi) east of this place.
 The 43 m (141 ft) tapered round granite tower was mounted on a square concrete pier and painted white with a broad red horizontal band. Electrified in 1920, the tower was automated and demanned in June 1983. In January 2010 Trinity House proposed to deactivate this light, but following opposition from local boaters it agreed in May to continue the light at reduced power.
The Royal Mail issued on September 16th, 2010 a wonderful series called "Medical Breakthroughs” celebrating six important medical discoveries made by British doctors and scientists. The stamp shows a beautiful image of an implanted lens in the eye replacing the crystalline lens (cataracts surgery). Two Machin definitive stamps are beside the “operated” eye. Thanks, Andy!

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