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Remembrance Sunday - Lest We Forget

November 8th, 2017

Remembrance Sunday - Lest We Forget

Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11th November - Armistice Day; when on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of deafening noise, death and destruction.

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War years (1914-1918), the 2015 Travel Notes Calendar remembered the fallen.

As we continue to remember at this time of year, the 2018 edition is now available for purchase.

You may also click on the photographs below, to find out more about each individual image.



January - World War One Trenches.


This reconstructed section of original German trench system is located about 2km north of Wijtschate.

February - Hill 60 Cratered Landscape.


Located on Zwarteleenstraat in Zillebeke, south-east of Ypres, the cratered landscaping of Hill 60 bears the scars of a silent witness to an underground war of mines and counter-mines.

March - British Cemetery at Messines Ridge.


Messines Ridge British Cemetery is located 10km south of Ieper on the Nieuwkerkestraat, outside Mesen.

April - German Bunker at Tyne Cot Cemetery.


Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world, contains two large concrete bunkers which once formed a part of the German defensive line on the ridge at Passchendaele.

May - Pozieres British Cemetery and Somme Battlefields.


The British Cemetery and Pozieres Memorial is located on the D929 Albert-Bapaume road, just south of the village of Pozieres; and 6km north-east of Albert.

June - Artstetten Castle in Memory of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.


The Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg were interred at Artstetten Castle because his wife could not be buried at the Imperial Crypt.

July - American Battle Monuments Commisssion.


American Battle Monuments Commission maintains 25 permanent American burial grounds, and 26 separate memorials, monuments and markers on foreign soil.

August - Montsec American Monument.


The American First Army in its offensive operation of September 12-16, 1918 reduced the strongly fortified St. Mihiel salient, capturing 15,000 prisoners, 450 cannon and 700 square kilometers of territory.

September - Saint-Mihiel American Cemetery.


The 1918 Battle of Saint-Mihiel, from September 12th to 15th, was the first independent battle of the American Expeditionary Force in the First World War.

October - Fort de Douaumont, Verdun.


The Germans captured Fort Douaumont on 25th February, 1916 without a contest. The Colonial Infantry Troops of Morocco finally recaptured it on 24th October, 1916.

November - Armistice Signing in Compiegne.


Fighting on the Western Front ceased at the 11th hour; on the 11th day, of the 11th month after The Armistice was signed in the forest of Compiegne in 1918.

December - Their Name Liveth For Evermore.



'Lest We Forget' comes from a poem, Recessional, written by Rudyard Kipling. Kipling also created other iconic memorial wordings, including 'Known Unto God'.

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Travel Tweets

November 3rd, 2017

Travel Tweets

📷 Visited over 120 countries and some 220 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 35 years of #travel and living abroad. Founded TravelNotes.org in 1997. Travel-Write.com soon followed to expand on our travel articles.



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Yoga Mats

September 28th, 2017

Yoga Mats

If you can't lie back and relax on a rickshaw, then perhaps you need a yoga mat.



Our premium yoga mats are 24" wide by 72" tall and 0.25" thick.

Rest assured that these products are made from environmentally friendly eco-friendly PVC.

The top of the mat has the image printed on it, and the back is solid black with textured dimples for better floor grip.

Each yoga mat includes a black carrying bag with a black shoulder strap.

Our yoga mats are printed on-demand and available to ship to any destination in the world within 2 - 3 business days.

Choose your favourite travel pic to custom print on your own yoga mat at http://pics.travelnotes.org/shop/yoga+mats

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2017 FAA-Pixels Travel Photographer of The Year

April 20th, 2017

2017 FAA-Pixels Travel Photographer of The Year

The 2017 Fine Art America (Pixels) Travel Photographer of the Year competition will be contested over twelve months.

Each entry must be taken in the month of the contest.

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Competition Rules are Simple
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* 1. Colour Travel Photography Only.

No Digital Art nor Paintings. No black and white, sepia nor digitally manipulated images.

We're looking for Travel Photographers, not masters of photo-editing software.

* 2. Fine Art America watermarks should not overpower the image.

No other text nor copyright notices should appear on the photograph either. If you're worried about theft of images, don't put them online.

* 3. Photos need good titles and descriptions, because not all pictures can really tell a thousand words.

► Sponsored by the Top Travel Pics group, entries that do not follow our submission guidelines will be deleted.

Images that are considered weak will also be removed from competition.

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Scoring
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Points will be awarded each month for photos that make the Editor's Choice.

A number of photographers may share the available points on a sliding scale.

One winner = 8 points; two picks = 7 points each; three = 6 points each; four = 5 points each; five = 4 points each; six = 3 points each; seven = 2 points each; eight or more = 1 point each.

January, 2017 Contest - Discussion.

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2016 Travel Photography Contest - Keeping Score

January 17th, 2017

2016 Travel Photography Contest - Keeping Score

As mentioned in the initial Travel Photographer of The Year 2016 blog post, we are holding a number of keyword subject contests over the coming year, with competing photographers earning points in each contest as they work towards a final score.

Scoring

Three points for an Editor's Choice award and a bonus point if an image was taken specifically for the contest and posted in the contest's discussion thread in the Top Travel Pics forum.

One (People's Choice) point may also be awarded to one or more images near the top of the Winners' leaderboard (with at least five votes) when public voting is finished.

Special scoring to be announced for the final rounds, to keep things interesting.

Travel Photography Contest Themes

Queen Elizabeth II Bridges Travel Photography Winter Travel Photography Landmarks Hotels and Accommodation Famous Lakes and Rivers Village Life Colourful Markets Landscapes Clifton Beach - Cape Town, South Africa St Petersburg, Russia Armenian Prayer Beads Brunei Mosque World War One Trench Cycling and Cyclists

Autumn Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Priscilla Burgers and Stacey Brooks.

People Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Peteris Vaivars and Karen Wiles.

Travel and Transportation Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to RicardMN Photography and Iryna Burkova.

Christmas Abroad Photography Contest: No Bonus Points awarded.

Bridges Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Jane Linders and Iryna Burkova.

Winter Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Irina Hays and Inge Riis McDonald.

Landmarks Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Inge Johnsson and Ivan Slosar.

Hotels and Accommodation: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Peg Donnellan and Nikolyn McDonald.

Famous Lakes and Rivers: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Carolyn Derstine and Karl Anderson.

Village Life: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Denise Mazzocco and Buddy Mays.

Markets: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Toni Abdnour and Steve Sturgill.

Landscape Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Bob Phillips and Janis Knight.

Beaches Around The World: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Michele Avanti and Cascade Colors.

Cities Around The World: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Carlos Amaro.

Travel Up Close: No Bonus Points awarded.

Religious Buildings Around The World: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Priscilla Burgers.

War Graves and Battlefields: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Julia Gavin and Hugh Smith.

Cycling and Cyclists:
With only eighteen images left, after we removed the duds, just one photographer received premium points.
Terry Cooper LRPS was awarded 12 points for Piazza San Martino.

Round Nineteen

2016 Travel Photographer of The Year Contest

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Travel Photographer Leaderboard
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The Race is Hotting Up

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22 Points
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Nikolyn McDonald: Omaha, NE.
Autumn (3), People (3), Bridges (3), Landmarks (3), Hotels (3+1), Village Life (3), Markets (3).

Field Of Gold Pluie a Chartres Glen Canyon Dam Bridge The Nubble Old Taos Guesthouse Fishing Village, Nova Scotia Pike Place Market, Seattle

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16 Points
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Buddy Mays: Bend, OR.
Winter (3), Village Life (3+1), Markets (3), Beaches (3), Up Close (3).

Vineyard Near Sion Market Day in the Algarve, Portugal Mayan Indian woman on the shores of Lake Atitlan Tulum Beach Mending Fishing Nets in Piraeus

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14 Points
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Iryna Burkova: Alexandria, Virginia.
Transport (3+1), Christmas (3), Bridges (3+1), Winter (3).

Foggy Voyage Twas The Night Before Christmas Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in New Orleans Winter landscape in mountains with a deer

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12 Points
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Terry Cooper LRPS: Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Cycling (12 Premium Points)

Piazza San Martino, Lucca

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10 Points
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Bob Phillips: Georgetown, TX.
People (3), Landscape (3+1), Beaches (3).

Street Artist Valley of Monuments at Dawn Tautuku Bay, New Zealand

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9 Points
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Ian Gledhill: Khon Kaen, Thailand.
People (3), Landmarks (3), Markets (3).

Fun at the Opera Rain Storm Lake View Khon Kaen Market, North East Thailand

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8 Points
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Priscilla Burgers: Cottonwood, AZ.
Autumn (3+1), Religious Buildings (3+1).

Mabry Mill Mission San Jose

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7 Points
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Hugh Smith: Carlsbad, CA.
Village Life (3), Battlefields (3+1).

Los Pescadores de Popotla Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

Inge Johnsson: Frisco, TX.
Bridges (3), Landmarks (3+1).

Westminster Bridge at Night Taj Mahal In The Mist

Inge Riis McDonald: Nanaimo, Canada.
Transport (3), Winter (3+1).

Transportation in Victoria Frozen Peblinge Lake

Jane Linders: Maryland Heights, MO.
Bridges (3+1), Lakes & Rivers (3).

Forest Park Bridge Sunken USS Inaugural, Mississippi River

Karen Wiles: Hampstead, NC.
People (3+1), Markets (3).

San Blas Native Cana Vegetable Market, North Carolina

Toni Abdnour: Streator, IL.
Transport (3), Markets (3+1).

The Street Vendor Vietnamese Woman in Ho Chi Minh City

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6 Points
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Juli Scalzi: Denver, CO.
Christmas (3), Hotels (3).

Landon Spady: Portland, OR.
Christmas (3), Winter (3).

Loree Johnson: On The Road, USA.
Autumn (3), Bridges (3).

Ros Drinkwater: Carrickmacross, Ireland.
Up Close (3), Religious Buildings (3).

Steve Harrington: Bolton, Canada.
People (3), Transport (3).

Tony Murtagh: Bicester, United Kingdom.
People (3), Transport (3).

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14 Photographers are on 4 Points - and 98 Photographers have 3 Points.
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2017 Travel Photography Calendar Results

January 5th, 2017

The 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year contest came to a close with a challenge 'to put together a 2017 Fine Art America Travel Photography Calendar featuring the best travel photography to represent each month of the year'.

Entrants could submit up to ten images (only one per month) and 10 points would be awarded to each image of the month (original blog post).

If more than one image was selected for a particular month, the points would be shared.

Once the usual duds that didn't adhere to the rules were deleted, the real challenge started; to pick the winners.

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January: (3 points each)
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Salzburg in January
January - Salzburg, Austria by Shirley Mitchell.

 National Elk Refuge near Jackson Hole, Wyoming
January in Wyoming by Buddy Mays.

Denver Musicians in January
The Universal Language - Denver in January by Nikolyn McDonald.

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February: (10 points)
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Snow Geese Migration
Snow Geese - February Migration by Nikolyn McDonald.

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March: (3 points each)
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London Evening in March
March - London Shades of Evening by Shirley Mitchell.

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
March in Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano by Buddy Mays.

Snow Geese Hunting in Nebraska
Hunter's Season - March by Nikolyn McDonald.

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April: (10 points)
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Luxemborg Gardens, Paris
April in Paris, Luxemborg Gardens, Paris by Buddy Mays.

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May: (3 points each)
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Yachts in Nafplio, Greece
May - Stormy Weather by Shirley Mitchell.

Moonrise in Florida Keys
May and a Moonrise, Florida Keys by Buddy Mays.

Quiver Trees in Namibia
Quiver Trees - May by Inge Johnsson.

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June: (5 points each)
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Montmartre, Paris in the rain
Rainy Day in June - Montmartre, Paris by Nikolyn McDonald.

Matterhorn, Switzerland
Morning Matterhorn on Grindjisee in June by Two Small Potatoes.

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July: (10 points)
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Curacao Houses
Colorful Houses of Curacao July by Adriana Zoon.

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August: (10 points)
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Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, East Africa
August, Life Under an Acacia Tree by Buddy Mays.

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September: (10 points)
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Postbridge Clapper on Dartmoor
September - Historic Clapper Bridge by Shirley Mitchell.

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October: (10 points)
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Thistledown Farm pumpkins, Junction City, Oregon
Pumpkin Hunting, October by Two Small Potatoes.

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November: (10 points)
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Spinaker Tower and Portsmouth Harbour
November - Portsmouth Harbour by Shirley Mitchell.

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December: (10 points)
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Christmas tree ornament
December Snow People by Buddy Mays.

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Enter The 2016 Travel Photographer End of Year 120 Points Bonanza

December 18th, 2016

Enter The 2016 Travel Photographer End of Year 120 Points Bonanza

Win one year's hosting for your travel photography by entering our end of year finale.

With 120 points on the table, anyone could still wrap this up.

To be in with a chance of winning you need to Read The Contest Rules, follow the brief correctly, and enter your best images that fit the instructions.

That's the easy part. Ignore the rules and your entries will meet the same fate.

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How to Win Travel Photography Contests:

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Start by Reading The Rules
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I've run a number of travel photography contests and I can safely tell you that the easiest way not to win is to ignore the terms and conditions of entry.

The hardest part of judging travel photography contests has been deleting entries that do not comply with the rules; but it's getting easier.

So here goes.

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How to Enter
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The Brief is Simple.

If we were to put together a 2017 Fine Art America Travel Photography Calendar we would need the best travel photography to represent each month of the year.

That's where you come in.

You may submit up to ten images for consideration, but only one image per month.

The month must be in the title and there must be a description for the photograph relating to that month.

If you don't want to change titles and descriptions for images you have already uploaded (I don't blame you), I suggest you make new uploads of the image and add the appropriate title and description.

If you wish to enter ten different monthly images, you may want to put them all in a separate contest gallery.

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Scoring
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10 points will be available for each month; making a total of 120 points (although any one photographer may only earn 100 points - obviously).

If more than one photograph is considered suitable for a particular month, the ten points for that month will be shared.

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Submit your Best Photograph of Travel Photography for a Particular Month
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* 1. Colour Travel Photography Only.

No Digital Art nor Paintings. No black and white, sepia nor digitally manipulated images.

* 2. Fine Art America watermarks should not overpower the image.

No other text nor copyright notices should appear on the photograph either. If you're worried about theft of images, don't put them online.

* 3. Photos need good descriptions and The Month MUST be in the title.

► Sponsored by the Top Travel Pics group on Fine Art America, entries that do not follow our submission guidelines will be deleted.

Images that are considered weak will also be removed from competition.

Enter Contest on Fine Art America.

Enter Contest on Pixels.

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Contest Updates
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Any contest updates will be added here.

2016 Travel Photography Contest - Keeping Score:
Leaders in the year-long challenge to be considered the best Travel Photographer on Fine Art America. Can you catch them?

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What to Hang on Your Wall in 2017

December 18th, 2016

What to Hang on Your Wall in 2017

If you collect travel photography calendars, the Travel Notes 2017 Travel Photography Calendar is available to buy online; just in time for Christmas. Individual prints are also available for that special place on your wall, or you may choose to print these unique images on home decor products and other merchandise.

About The 2017 Travel Photography Calendar

Bangkok Floating Market graces the 2017 Calendar Cover.

Aspen
Skiing in Aspen, Colorado.

Budapest
Tourists in Budapest.

Moscow
Moscow Kremlin in Winter.

Beijing
Forbidden City, Beijing.

Jaisalmer
Holy Cow.

Mount Aso
Mount Aso.

Suzhou
Suzhou Canals.

Mt Cook
New Zealand Mt Cook.

Limestone Peaks
Guilin Limestone Peaks.

Autumn
Autumn in Baden Baden.

Kota Bahru
Kota Bahru Indoor Market.

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House.


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New Five Pound Notes

December 4th, 2016

New Five Pound Notes

On Monday I was admiring the new five pound notes in London and by Wednesday we were being told that perhaps some people shouldn't be handling them, after the Bank of England admitted that the new five pound notes contain animal fat, sparking something of an outrage among vociferous vegans and vegetarians on social media.

New Five Pound Notes.

Polymer Fivers

According to a Bank of England reply to a tweet on 28th November, 2016 the new plastic fivers are made with a trace of tallow (Hi @Jools_Orca there is a trace of tallow in the polymer pallets used in the base substrate of the polymer 5 notes); a substance derived from boiled carcasses of animals and used in the making of many candles and soaps. The main components in rendered animal fats can also be found in thousands of other everyday products, including lipstick, plastic bags, cycle tyres, crayons, and latex condoms.

The Royal Mint released the polymer note, featuring a portrait of Winston Churchill, on 13th September, 2016. While serial number AA01 000001 was given to The Queen, some of the other early serial numbers have already been offered online for hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds. Other eBay auctions have closed with less than the face value being paid.

Designed to be cleaner, safer, stronger and flexible the new 5 polymer note is the first of the Bank of England's currency notes not to be printed on paper. For all their flexibility, the new fivers do bend and it is advisable not to fold them, says Bank of England governor Mark Carney, as it could damage the plastic.

There was also an uproar when Sir Winston Churchill was chosen to be featured on the rear (replacing 19th-century welfare reformer Elizabeth Fry, one of only two women to appear on British currency not including the Queen of England) which just goes to show that you can't please everyone.

I actually like the note and the printed Winston quote: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat'.

This might not be the image you want as a print or on a t-shirt, but it could look great as a cushion (throw pillow).

Polymer Fivers

Polymer tenners are scheduled to be introduced in 2017, featuring Jane Austen (with the quote: 'I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading'); and plastic twenties could be in circulation by 2020.

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Coffee Mugs or Tea With The Queen - Travel Photography Originals

December 4th, 2016

Coffee Mugs or Tea With The Queen - Travel Photography Originals

Whether your prefer tea or coffee, or maybe even hot mulled wine at Christmas, you'll love these affordable coffee mugs and teacups from around the world. Our ceramic coffee mugs are available in two sizes.

Tea With The Queen.

Tea with The Queen

More Coffee Mugs.

New York Coffee Mug Sydney Coffee Mug Asia Coffee Mug

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