Saturday, 31 July 2010


The Aikido Summer School in Birmingham finished a few days ago. It went really well and for the most part I really quite enjoyed it. I passed my blue belt grading and even got the "Most outstanding female aikidoist of the year" award! I'm still a little dumbfounded by that, I never thought I'd ever get anything like that! It's such an honour.

The postcard here is a sort of landmark, too: it's my 1,000th official received postcrossing postcard! A really nice one, too, with a lovely message at the back.


The photograph was taken by Steve McCurry and shows a man in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Steve McCurry (born February 24, 1950) is an American photojournalist best known for his photograph, "Afghan Girl" that originally appeared in National Geographic magazine. There is actually an exhibition of his photographs going on in Birmingham at the moment, I really want to check it out at some point. I've seen a few of McCurry's photographs and really like them, he's got a talent at capturing emotions in his photographs.

The stamp is from a set of 4 stamps issued in 2009, depicting Endangered or Extinct Species. This one here is the Aurochs.


Serena said...

Congratulations on both landmarks!

Anu said...

Thank you!