Games Of The Small States Of Europe 2013
Since 1985, the Games of the Small States of Europe have been taking place bi-annually.
The participation is limited to countries with less than one million inhabitants that have their own National Olympic Committee (NOC) and are member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Nine states belong to this select group: Cyprus, Montenegro, Malta, Iceland, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Luxembourg.The Games usually take place at the end of May or the beginning of June. They include, according to the governing regulation, the following sports: athletics, swimming, judo, shooting, tennis and table tennis.
There are two team sports, one of which must be basket- or volleyball. At the discretion of the Executive Committee, the event’s organizer may include two further sports. One of these must be recognized at Olympic level.This year sees Luxembourg play host to the Games. To mark the occasion, a commemorative stamp will be edited in May as a double postage stamp with decorated borders.
Technical Details Issue Date: 02.05.2013 Printer: Multicolored high-resolution offset by bpost Stamp Production, Malines (B) Process: Binsfeld, Luxembourg (L) Colours: 4 Colours Size: 32.50 x 48.80 mm
100th \’Tour De France\’
The “Tour de France” is the world’s most renowned bike race. Traditionally, it has several stages which involve cycling across France, and ends after a grueling 3,500 km at the “Arc de Triomphe” in Paris.Since 1903, the 3-week long race has been held in July. The only exceptions were during the two world wars, when no contest was held between 1915 and 1918 and 1940 and 1946 respectively.As a result, this year’s race marks the centenary of the event.
Technical Details Issue Date: 02.05.2013 Printer: Multicolored high-resolution offset by bpost Stamp Production, Malines (B) Process: Jean-Philippe Janus, Luxembourg (L) Colours: 4 Colours Size: 60 x 30 mm Values: €4.00
The theologian born 200 years ago in Troisvierges was the first bishop of Luxembourg, serving from 1870 to 1883.His official ordination in the cathedral on 25 December 1870 marked the high point of a long and fruitful career in the clergy. He had already been sanctified as priest at the age of 26. At the beginning of 1863, at age 50, he became titular bishop of Halicarnassus and apostolic vicar of Luxembourg. Bearing this title, Nicolas Adames took part in the first Vatican Synod in Rome in 1869. The apostolic vicariate of Luxembourg was elevated to the rank of Bishopric in June 1870, enabling Nicolas Adames to take over the episcopacy in the same year.This author-composer-cabaret artist born in Colmar-Berg and famous throughout Luxembourg worked as a forest ranger for ARBED.Known as the father of the Luxembourg “chanson”, he founded the “La Mansarde” cabaret, together with other artists, in 1915. His most well-known pieces, famed for their pointed social critique, include “De schéine Poli”, “Neen, déi Schnëss!”, “D’Quiselchen”, and “Dem Wirsch seng Wueden”.
Technical Details Issue Date: 02.05.2013 Designer: Anne Mélan, Luxembourg (L) Printer: Multicolored high-resolution offset by bpost Stamps Production, Malines (B) Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 27.66 x 40.20 mm Values: 0.60