Monday, January 10, 2022

10 Top Amazing Remote Controlled Toys

My passion of remote controlled gadgets dates back to my childhood when one of my elder brothers and a friend used to build and fly balsa wood made aircraft back in the 1960s. At that time RC gadgets were a novelty, specially in our country Pakistan where this hobby has not yet attracted a sizeable number of fans.

But by and by the enthusiasts grew around the world and from tiny gadgets of a few feet, now life size aeroplanes are being flown and one is amazed at the enormity of the size of these RC gadgets. I have already shared a video on 10 biggest  RC planes ever.

After a pause of lot of time, I just wanted if there a re big tanks too that are being made. So I surfed the net and was amazed to see how much big tanks and other wheeled platforms are being made with so much of perfection and near actual shapes and comparative shapes and weight. 

Watch the video below and tell me which gadget you liked the most:

Photo and video: TTI-English
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Monday, November 15, 2021

How things are made: Amazing Korean Cheese Mass Production

One of my best hobbies to view videos on How things are made. And let me tell you sometimes one really wonders how someone came up with the designing and functioning of very sophisticated chain of machines that bring plain raw material into refined processed end products. 

Who doesn't like cheese? Well majority of snacks and burgers are meaningless and tasteless if cheese is not added to these. We have been making cheese in our homes since ages but I never knew how cheese is made in mass scale. Today I came across a video of an amazing process of making cheese at mass scale. 

The video that I am going to share is about a cheese factory located in Imsil, Korea. This business started in 1964 with the cheese making method passed down by a Belgian priest and has expanded to a local industry. It is a clean and hygienic factory. It is impressive to see a large amount of milk turned into cheese.

Words cannot explain the intricate process of cheese production. Also watch the hygienic standards of the workers involved in the cheese making process. Now watch the video below:
Mind blowing, wasn't it? Well we keep sharing more videos in time and tell you How things are made!!

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

My Floral Photo Clicks: Our Maiden Tulips this Spring

Tulips are one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. Netherlands boasts of the tulip crop each year and Amsterdam tulip festival and botanical gardens in Keukenhof is one of the main attraction of the tourists visiting Holland. The festival is open from the 21st March to 10th May in 2020.

Tulips need a certain type of temperature and can only survive in cold temperature. I live in Pakistan where spring comes early and the cold temperatures go away by mid February. However I dared planting this otherwise temperature sensitive flower, the seeds of which were brought by son from Germany. And the crop was marvelous.

Please join with me in enjoying these colourful flowers as grown by my wife, Shazia, an avid gardener, and I enjoyed taking the photos of these full blown flowers: 



I hope you would have enjoyed our Tulip crop this year. This year we also planted Bearded Iris, in addition to the Louisiana Iris. I will share their photos in my next post.

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Massive AN-225 Mriya carrying space shuttle takes off

Antonov An-225 Mriya is the the largest wing spanned aircraft presently in service. The wingspan of this aircraft measures 88.4 meters, which is longer than five 53-foot semi-truck trailers put end-to-end. 

To make its replica is one huge and indomitable task which RC lovers would love to fly. But if a space shuttle is added to it and then detach it during the flight is yet another challenge.

I came across this video today and was spellbound to see this huge replica of the aircraft which in flight looked exactly as AN-225 Mriya. and detaching the space shuttle from its top and having land separately is amazing feat.

See the video below: You will really enjoy if you are RC gadgets lover:

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Monday, February 3, 2020

10 Awesome RC Helicopters

Remote Controlled (RC) gadgets are fun to operate: from children's cars to big aeroplanes and ships. But when it comes to flying RC helicopters, it is both fun and skills of the operator for controlling a RC helicopter is really difficult and much more challenging than an aircraft.

The beauty of RC gadgets is that these should look like the actual. Thus the quest to make bigger and bigger crafts for the real fun flying. I came across this video and it was really awesome to see big machines flying majestically in the air - and if one doesn't know that these are RC gadgets, one may almost take them to be real.

The video I am sharing below displays 10 awesomely big helicopters. I really admire those who made these and skillfully fly these not for their own amusement but to provide fun to the onlookers.

Watch the video and you will fall in love with these monster machines flying in the air.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Index - Postage Stamps of Pakistan: 2001 Onward

This is our third and continuing index of postage stamps issued by Pakistan Post from year 2001 till date.
Year 2001 was declared as the Year of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to pay rich tribute to the founder of Pakistan. 
Year 2002 was declared as the Year of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, to pay rich tribute to the poet philosopher and dreamer of Pakistan.
Year 2003 was declared as the Year of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah. Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, sister of the founder the nation Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid e Azam) took active part in the independence movement spearheaded by her brother for an independent Muslim country for the Muslims of British India.
2004, besides many other important occasions on which Pakistan Post issued commemorative stamps. it was also the the year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first successful ascent of K-2, the second highest mountain after Mt. Everest and one of the five Eight Thousanders (out of total a 14 the world over) located in Pakistan.  
 23 April 2005: 85th Anniversary of Turkish Grand National Assembly

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Muhammad Ali Jinnah are two great Muslim leaders who are revered and honoured by their countries and the world for laying down foundation of their countries. The set of stamps issued on the occasion of 85th Anniversary of Turkish Grand National Assembly showed portraits of both these great leaders.
The Year 2006 was a year when Pakistan Post issued a set of ten stamps dedicated to the  some of the finest artists and painters of Pakistan, a few of which are revered and respected the world over.

Year 2007 was a milestone year in the history of Pakistan towards self reliance when the jointly produced JF-17 Thunder was first publicly flown in Pakistan. To commemorate the occasion, a commemorative stamp issued during 2007

Year 2008 was a Benazir Bhutto remembrance year who succumbed to a terrorist act a year earlier. A number of stamps were issued throughout the year to pay tribute to the Daughter of the East.
Pakistan has been long drawn into a battle against the terrorists and miscreants, specially targeting the North Western Province of Pakistan. The people of the area suffered both in terms of human and material losses but stood like a rock to fight back the militancy and supported the armed forces of the country to root out the evil of terrorism from their soil.
A special award called " Hilal-i-Iessar" or the Crescent of Sacrifice was awarded in 2009 to cities of Nowshehra, Peshawar, Swabi, Mardan and Charsdda - which were worst hit by the menace of terrorism. This set of five stamps was issued on 22nd Feb 2010, which bore the name of these cities and the flag of Pakistan inscribed with the words:  Hilal-i-Iessar.
The last stamp of the year 2015 showed the British days Victorian style GPO building of Murree on 29 December 2015. Murree is one of the most visited hill station just two hours distance from capital Islamabad.

The first stamp of the year 2016 was issued on 10 February, 2016 on Completion of 50 Years of Safe Operation of 1st NUCLEAR RE-SEARCH REACTOR in Pakistan - established at Nilore, a village near the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad in 1966.
Continue seeing Pakistan Postage stamps in other two indexes indexes:
  • Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps issued from 1947-1971
  • Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps issued from 1972-2000
Pakistan Postage Stamps since 1947 have been published in our two blogs and website on Pakistan:
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps - 1972-2000

This is the second Index of Postage Stamps of Pakistan. The first Index covered the period since Independence of Pakistan in 1947 after partition of the erstwhile British India into two sovereign states of Pakistan (consisting of two wings; East and West Pakistan) and India. 1971 was the last year when Pakistan Post printed stamps for both wings of Pakistan, i.e. the East and West Pakistan.
The Last stamp with Pakistan written in Bengali (left - 1972) - The First stamp without Bengali (right 1973)

From 1972, there was only one Pakistan after the East Pakistan became Bangladesh in December 1971.  However, the word "Pakistan" written in Bengali continued on Pakistan postage stamps throughout in 1972 and from 1973 the Bengali script was done away with.

This second Index covers a period of 1972-2000.
The Independence Day Day stamp on 14th August 1973 was issued on the historic event of passing  and adoption of the constitution of Pakistan.

The hallmark event of the year 1974 was the holding of the second Islamic Summit Conference at Lahore February 22-24 ,1974. The conference was a memorable occasion as some of the unique and always remembered Kings, heads of the state and foreign ministers attended the conference. These included King Faisal of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, Libyan Arab Republic President, Mohammad Muammer Gaddafi, President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria,  President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razzak, Indonesian Foreign Prime Minister of Bangladesh Mujib ur Rehman, Minister Adam Malik, Mr. Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization and others. Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto was the host on behalf of the people of Pakistan.
To commemorate the historic event, Pakistan Post issued two stamps. Read details of the conference and the agenda here.
The year 1976 was the birth centenary of father of the nation, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, born 25 December 1876 in Karachi. A special stamp was issued on 25th December 1976 which contained 25 m.g of 23/24 carat gold (as shown above).
9th November 1977: Birth Centenary of Dr Muhammad Iqbal - The stamps showed two paintings by Behzad (of denomination Paisa 20 and 65), two stamps (of denomination Rs. 1.25 and 2.25) showing verses of the Iqbal and central stamp (Rs. 3.00 denomination) showed portrait of the poet philosopher.
Year 1980 commenced with the publishing of a stamp to commemorate the 25th Anniversary (1855-1980)of the national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on 10th January 1980. The airline commenced international services in 1955 to London, via Cairo and Rome. PIA was the first non-communist airline to fly to China and was the second Asian airline to acquire jet aircraft by inducting a Boeing 707.  In 2004, PIA became the launch customer of the Boeing 777-200LR.
The Karakoram Mountain Range is the pride of Pakistan. It is also known as the highest mountain range of the world since it houses seven peaks over 26,000 feet and thirty others over 25,000 feet. That is on an average the Karakoram tops are 25,000 feet and above. In Pakistan, four of the fourteen Eight Thousanders are located in the Karakoram mountain range, including the K-2, second highest peak after Mt Everest. Pakistan Post published stamps of these four peaks during the year 1981.

The hallmark of the year's activities in 1983 was the issuance of a massive six stamps sheet (containing two rows of six stamps each) on the eve of the  International Stamp Exhibition "PAKPHILEX '83" - showing the cultural landscape of the old city of Lahore as seen in 1852.
1984 to celebrate the 20 years of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) became the first airlines outside the then Communist Bloc to fly to China and later to operate a service between Asia and Europe via Moscow. Since then the air link to China is one of the premier routes of PIA. A commemorative stamp was issued to mark the 20th anniversary of the inaugural flight to Peking, now Beijing.
1985 was a great year for Pakistan for its Hockey Team bagged the 1985 Asia Cup held at Dhaka to earn its grand slam by winning three world titles simultaneously. It had already won the World Cup title in 1982 held at Bombay, India, followed by the 1984 Olympic title at L A, USA. Pakistan Post rightly credited the National Hockey Team by issuing a commemorative stamp to celebrate the grand slam.
The beautiful Marco Polo sheep, Ovis ammon polii, with their large size and spiraling horns, are "near threatened" species. This beautiful sheep lives mainly in the northwestern part of the Hunza district of Pakistan along the Chinese border, inhabiting the northwestern area of Khunjerab National Park.  In order to create awareness of their "near threatened" status and save these beautiful sheep from extinct, Pakistan Post issued a special commemorative stamp during 1986.
Pakistan Air Force is one of the mst formidable, battle hardened air forces of the world. It started with a very humble background and equipment at the time of the independence of Pakistan. Just in three decades it grew from turboprop to jet engine fighter aircraft like F-86s Sabers in the 1950s to F-140s (the first country outside NATO to acquire these faster than the speed of sound Starfighters) in the 1960s and F-16s in the 1980s. Pakistan Post issued a 10-stamps sheet covering the period of its evolution to its maturity covering a period of 1947-1987.
The Suleiman Markhor (Capra falconeri jerdoni) is species of markhor which is found away from the Karakoram and the Himalayas in the south of the Gumal River, mainly in the Sulaiman range and the Torghar Hills of the Toba-Kakar range (District Zhob), and in the Takatu Hills (District Quetta). On  29 October, Pakistan Post in its Wildlife Series (Fauna) issued a special stamp of Capra falconeri jerdoni or the Suleiman Markhor.
The famous and influential seat of high learning in Asia, Government College, Lahore is situated in the heart of city. Not only it is the oldest college in Pakistan, it is also one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the Muslim world. On 27th December 1989 on the eve of 125 years of the Government College, Pakistan post published a Rs.6 denomination stamp showing the massive structure of the college building.

The second portion of this second index covers period of 11 years from years 1990 to 2000:
1990 marked the 50th Anniversary of passing of the famous Lahore Resolution on 23rd March 1940 which paved the way for the attainment of independent Pakistan seven years later. To commemorate the day, four stamps were issued by Pakistan Post.
Allah Baksh will was the man who immortalized our rural life, and specially of the Punjab, Pakistan – the land where he was born in 1885 in the small town of Wazirabad. His very near-to-life life-size paintings are full of colour, life and people that forces an onlooker to stop in his tracks and appreciate his masterly work of art. 

To honour this great maestro of art, Pakistan Post in its series of stamps on Painters of Pakistan, issued this commemorative stamp on 29th December 1991.
Year 1992 was a great year for Pakistan for it was this year when Pakistan Cricket Team under Imran Khan won its first Cricket World Cup title. The final was played on 25 March 1992 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, and finished with Pakistan beating England by 22 runs in the final to become the World Cup champions for the first time. This was Imran Khan's last ODI. Wasim Akram was declared as the player of the match.
1994 was a great year for Pakistan for it was the year when Pakistan defeated the Netherlands 1–1 (4–3 on penalties) in the final of the World Hockey Cup to lift the trophy. The Pakistan Post thus issued its last stamp of the year on 31st December to commemorate the feats of hockey team of Pakistan which had the distinct honour of having won the World Cup Hockey championship four times; 1971, 1978, 1982 and the current year 1994.
The Year 1997 was a year to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the creation of Pakistan as carved out of the British India on 14th August 1947. To befittingly commemorate the occasion,  Pakistan Post issued a beautiful set of four stamps on 14th August honouring the four stalwart Muslim leaders of the time who made it possible to obtain independence for the majority of Muslims living in the British India.
1998 was the 50th death anniversary of  Muhammad Ali Jinnah. the Quaid-e-Azam, the founder of Pakistan. On this occasion a befitting stamp of Rs. 15 showing the portrait of Mr Jinnah on a sheet showing the complete portrait of the great Quaid was issued on 11th September. 
1999 marked the first anniversary of Pakistan's testing its nuclear devices on 28th May 1998 in Ras Koh Hills in the Chagai District of Balochistan Province. The tests made Pakistan the seventh nation to possess nuclear weapons, and the first in the Muslim world. 
Celebrating the 53rd Anniversary of founding of Pakistan, a massive landscape was painted on a sheet of four stamps showing the immigration of refugees into Pakistan on and around 14th August 1947. The influx continued even months after the independence. 

Continue seeing Pakistan Postage stamps in other two indexes indexes:
  • Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps issued from 1947-1971
  • Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps issued from 2001 till date
Pakistan Postage Stamps since 1947 have been published in our two blogs and website on Pakistan:
Originally posted at our sister blog My Philatelic World
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