Panterra wrote:THE 1980 HURRICANE:
Hurricane Ofa caused a lot of destruction near the start of 1980, and wiped out the passionfruit crop (Niue's biggest export apart from stamps!) so Finbar immediately swung into action to make more money with this issue:
Niue 1980 Hurricane relief. The "10th anniversary of first moon landing" set of three from the previous year, now overprinted in silver with a 2c per stamp premium.
I earlier showed some other thematic stamps with this overprint, but of course, Finbar HAD to make sure every nice commemorative was surcharged, to ensure everybody keen buys an extra set.
The silver overprint is quite hard to see, no doubt intentionally so as not to ruin the attractive designs, and I had to fade the colour down a lot here so you can see it. The actual stamps are quite a lot brighter in intensity than this.
SG 324 - 326.
THE PIGEON & THE ANT:
During the month of May, Macaranga ( Le ) berries become mature and ripen. Pigeons take a liking to them as a delicacy. This leads the pigeons to grow yellow and fat. When a pigeon is shot at that time, from its perch, and falls to the ground, it could burst because of its extra weight.Punapa Veseaga of Hakupu village wrote:One day, a man decided to go shooting pigeons for food. When he arrived at the forest where Le trees are plenty, he made a sound resembling a pigeon’s voice when calling for a mate. “Prrrrr Prrrrrr.” Immediately one or two birds came flying and started pecking at the Le berries and at the same time defecating the seeds eaten on the day before. The man had seen one of the pigeons and was just about to pull the trigger, when an ant came to the pigeon’s rescue by biting the man’s legs.
This caused him to hop here and there and he cursed the ant for revealing his presence to the pigeon. Hearing the commotion down below, the pigeon took flight. The lucky pigeon and the others took off for their dear lives.
The Pigeon called back to Ant in their language, “Thank you friend, for saving my life. Prrrrr, Prrrrrr, Prrrrr.”