PainI plead ignorance! I love art in all its forms but confess that until I visited museums in what was previously known as The (Communist) Eastern Bloc, I was quite unaware of the many wonderful artists to be found in those countries.

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minivanOn July 14, 1956 the company Clípol was founded in Andorra, the tiny independent principality situated between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains. It’s known for its ski resorts and for its tax-haven status that encourages duty-free shopping. The company’s name came from a combination of the names of the owners: Clement Travesset and brothers John and Henry Pol. They previously ran a taxi service, but then decided to start a bus service. To begin, they bought three Mercedes ‘minibus’ vehicles, which quickly became icons in the Principality.

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Penny Black stampsThis year, 2015, is the 175th anniversary of the first issue of Great Britain’s ‘Penny Black’ postage stamp. Looking back to 1990, the stamp’s 150th anniversary, we feature some of the stamps released that year to mark that first issue.

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New stampsNew stamps appear regularly with a variety of subjects. Below is a selection of recently-published stamps from around the globe.

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