Special Announcement: Our First Milestone!

In our lives, we always have plenty of reasons to celebrate; be it your firstborn child, a graduation ceremony, your sister’s engagement, even a small event like your best friend’s birthday! These reasons to celebrate are called ‘milestones’, and guess what, guys?

We have reached our first milestone too!

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A BIG and HEARTY thank you to all our fans for making this possible! Our official Posterific Facebook page has reached its first milestone for achieving 100 likes! We definitely couldn’t have done it without all our fans!

The Three Wise Men

When you think of Albert Einstein, you recall a crazy old man with frizzy hair sticking his tongue out. When you think of Mahatma Gandhi, you thought he had good life and why did he do this to himself. When you think of Martin Luther King, Jr., you tell yourself, “Oh no, it’s that black man again!”

Now before you think of something else to say, bear in mind that these men have contributed far more to society than we ever will in our lives! They may have died a long time ago but the impact their hard work had on our lives is so strong that it’s still remembered by everyone today. Albert Einstein was the genius behind the world of science and mathematics, while Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. shared one thing in common – fighting for human equality, freedom of mankind, and human rights by using non-violence in their protests. They proved that aggression and violence are not the answer to problem solving. These men should be respected, not mocked.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Science and Physics

Date and Place of Birth: March 14, 1879 in Wurttemberg, Germany

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Photo of Albert Einstein by Philippe Halsman (California Indian Education)

Did you know…?

… that during World War I, Einstein was asked to help the US Navy evaluate designs for future weapons systems? After moving to Princeton with his wife when life in Germany became difficult for Jews, he wrote a letter to President Roosevelt to develop an atom bomb before Germany did, and the letter became Roosevelt’s decision to fund the Manhattan Project.

Albert Einstein was one of the smartest people who contributed many of the greatest scientific inventions to society. His contributions included the field of science where space and time were absolute, and the speed of light was relative (light is constant and that it’s impossible to go faster than the speed of light), math where he explained how to calculate Avogadro’s number, and the idea of Quantum Physics (not to be confused with James Bond’s Quantum of Solace!). Einstein’s famous equation, E=MC2, explains the link between energy and mass. As a result of his work, he was awarded the Noble Prize in 1921. Einstein died at age 76 in Princeton in 1955, from aneurysm (enlargement of the abdominal artery filled with blood and bled to death internally).

MAHATMA GANDHI: For Freedom and Identity

Date and Place of Birth: October 2, 1869 in Gujarat as Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi

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Mahatma Gandhi on Intellectual Revolution (Fans Share)

Did you know…?

… that October 2 is celebrated annually in India as Gandhi Jayanti to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the legend who united India under one god. This celebration is amongst the three national festivals of India. On this auspicious day, the whole nation (including the President, the Prime Minister, and other political dignitaries) pay tribute to Gandhi for his selfless work and love for the people of India by visiting the Raj Ghat (where he was cremated).

Mahatma Gandhi played a significant role in uniting India across the states, regardless of the differences in language, religion, caste, creed, and sex. He motivated everyone to come together and fight for freedom under the Indian National Congress banner. His contributions led to his success of leading the non-violent struggle to achieve India’s freedom. He was a great visionary with a mission to recognize the strength of Indian society that encompassed its ethnic differences in one nation. Gandhi used this to rally the masses and reinforced the country’s national identity and enabled the population to regain their freedom, pride, and dignity.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: Equality and Non-violence

Date and Place of Birth: January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States of America

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‘I Have A Dream’ by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Philosophy Monkey)

When Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK Jr.) was young, he was deeply saddened that he could not make friends with people who were not black. Despite knowing that just because people looked different on the outside, who they were on the inside as well as their character was what makes a person valuable. That was when MLK Jr. saw a social problem, developed a dream, and eventually took action to change the views of the United States as well as the world. His contributions included:

  • Leading the civil rights movement in the 1960s to work out conflicts with kindness and love as opposed to hate and violence.
  • Fighting for and achieving mandatory equal voting rights in the US for blacks and whites.
  • Leading lunch counter sit-ins for equal treatment in restaurants for people of all races.
  • Effectively and successfully using non-violent peaceful demonstrations and protests.

Because of MLK Jr., it is now illegal to segregate and/or discriminate based on skin colour in the US. Because of KLK Jr., the standard has now been set in stone for all nations to treat everyone equally regardless of skin colour. Sadly, a legend like him would have as many enemies as he has friends. MLK Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Feeling inspired? Then head over to our Posterific Facebook page and get your motivation from these awesome individuals in the ‘Albert Einstein‘ album and ‘Inspirational‘ album!

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Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014

From 23 July to 3 August 2014, the focus will shift from post-World Cup to the XX Commonwealth Games that will be held and hosted in Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow is one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom and for a modern cultural and sport-loving city, it has lively hearted, forward- and creative thinking Scottish folk (the people of Glasgow are also known as Glaswegians). 71 nations and territories will be participating in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Glasgow 2014: XX Commonwealth Games by Singapore Athletics.

 Among the 71 nations, we are proud to announce that our beloved nation, Malaysia, is also participating in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games! Our athletes will represent our country in Glasgow and participate in games such as badminton, cycling, diving, gymnastics, hockey, judo, squash, swimming, and table tennis, among the other games that some of our other athletes will be participating in. Names like Liew Daren (badminton), Josiah Ng (keirin cyclist), Pandelela Rinong (diving), Nicol David (squash), and Khoo Cai Lin (swimming) should ring a bell somewhere not too distant in our memories.

Did you know…?

… that the mascot for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 is a ‘thistle’ by the name of Clyde (see picture below)? A thistle is defined as a beautiful but common weed in the form of a prickly-leaved, pink or purple-flowered Scotch thistle. The thistle is actually a national symbol of Scotland, besides the tartan.

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(L): Glasgow Games Mascot Clyde the thistle by Design Week. (R): Scottish thistles by Visit Scotland.

Eager to feel the Scottish vibe and build the mood and momentum for the Glasgow Games? Then come on over to our Posterific Facebook page and get your posters on United Kingdom in our ‘Maps & Flags‘ album as well as the ‘Keep Calm‘ album! If you’re interested in flying to Scotland to watch the Games live, or visit Glasgow as part of your vacation, then click here to find out more about the city before making your holiday plans!

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The Sopranos in Middle-Earth

Because of the combination of an intriguing plot and dark tones befitting a fantasy setting, David Benioff, the scriptwriter for the popular American fantasy TV series, Game of Thrones (GoT), jokingly gave the nickname above to the TV series.

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Photo: Game of Thrones, Season 4 from Movie Pilot.

Game of Thrones is a TV series adaption of an epic fantasy novel series, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, written by American author George R. R. Martin and published by HarperCollins. The TV series, aired on HBO, explores a medieval-ish fantasy world with a wide variety of characters who struggle to shine brightly in the one and only game that matters — the game of thrones and to be the most powerful man. In this game, you play to win or you lose and die. There is no middle ground.

Hardcore fans of the popular fantasy-drama series can start their couch-potato preparation as the TV series is back with Season 4, due to overwhelming responses from previous seasons! Consisting of 10 episodes, Season 4 is mostly based on the second half of ‘A Storm of Swords’, which is the third book in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series, with some material added from the fourth and fifth books.

The Game Plan (plot taken from IMDb.com)

Nine noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue is pervasive. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard, Lord Stark, to serve as Hand of the King, or highest official. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Eddard accepts in order to investigate further. Meanwhile the Queen’s family, the Lannisters, may be hatching a plot to take power. Across the sea, the last members of the previous and deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also scheming to regain the throne. The friction between the houses Stark, Lannister, Baratheon and Targaryen and with the remaining great houses Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn,Tyrell and Martell leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war and political confusion, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.

The Main Players of the Game

  • Lord Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark (Sean Bean) and Lady Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley):

Lord Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark is the head of the Stark household whose members are involved in most of the series’ intertwined plot lines. Ned and his wife, Lady Catelyn, have 5 children: eldest son, Robb (Richard Madden), dainty daughter Sansa (Sophie Turner), tomboy daughter Arya (Maisie Williams), adventurous son Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), and youngest son Rickon (Art Parkinson).

  • Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen):

Theon Greyjoy is Ned Stark’s hostage and ward who used to live with the Starks before he encountered the sadistic Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon).

  • Jon Snow (Kit Harrington):

Jon Snow is Ned Stark’s bastard son whose romantic interest lies in the red-haired Ygritte (Rose Leslie).

  • King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) and Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey):

King Robert Baratheon is Ned Stark’s old friend who is trapped in a loveless marriage with Queen Cersei Lannister. What he doesn’t know is that Queen Cersei has taken her twin, the “Kingslayer” Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as her secret lover!

  • Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)

Peter Dinklage has been recognized as the perfect person to play clever dwarf Tyrion Lannister. Tyrion is a member of the Lannister Household and the third and youngest child of Lord Tywin Lannister and the late Joanna Lannister. Because of his appearance as a dwarf, he is often mocked as the Imp or the Halfman.

  • Lord Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance):

Lord Tywin Lannister is also known as the Lord of Casterly Rock, the Shield of Lannisport, and the Warden of the West. As the head of the Lannister Household, Lord Tywin is one of the most powerful lords in Westeros, and is the father of Jaime, Cersei, and Tyrion. He loves Jaime and Cersei very much, but despises Tyrion due to his deformity, his birth that led to his beloved wife Joanna’s death, as well as for shaming the family name with his frequent whoring.

  • Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aidan Gillen):

Lord Petyr is the crafty Master of Coin who is one of the advisors in the king’s “Small Council”. He is accompanied by the eunuch spymaster Lord Varys (Conleth Hill).

  • Viserys (Harry Lloyd) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke):

Across the Narrow Sea, Viserys is the brother to Daenerys, his sister, and are the exiled children of the king overthrown by King Robert Baratheon. The Targeryen siblings are on the run for their lives despite trying to win back the throne.

  • Leader of Nomadic Dhraki Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa):

Khal Drogo is the leader of  the nomadic tribe, Dothraki, and is the husband to Daenerys Targaryen.

Can’t get enough of your favourite fantasy TV series? Then come on over to Posterific’s official Facebook page and get your Game of Thrones posters!

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Pray For MH17

Dear readers,

Reports of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash in Ukraine have been confirmed. All 298 passengers onboard that flight include those from the Netherlands, United States, and our very own homegrown local flight crew, perished in that crash. We are deeply saddened by the horrific news that Flight MH17 has crashed, taking with it the lives of all 298 on board. There have  been talks of a missile hitting the Boeing 777 plane carrying innocent passengers but we will leave the matter to the authorities to figure it out. It is not our place to start theorizing what actually happened. So we ask that our readers pray for those who had friends, family members, and relatives on the ill-fated flight to pray for their wellbeing and may our thoughts be with them in these times of hardship.

Let us join hands and pray for MH17. It will be a difficult time for everyone, so let us take a moment of silence for them.

Remember, no theories please. Just prayers.

Long Live the Anti-Apartheid Hero

“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.” – Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa (1918-2013)

When you see the name ‘Nelson Mandela’, you remember the anti-apartheid period that he fought against for many years to free his people, and achieve human rights and a better future for the South African masses. As a result of his political attempts to overthrow the pro-apartheid government, he spent 27 years in prison. Nelson Mandela became famous for his long fight against bad government and racial prejudice. He became a hero to people all over the world.

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President Nelson Mandela of South Africa (1918-2013) from Northampton Community College

Biography of a Great Statesman

Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918 in South Africa. He was nine years old when his father passed away, and he was looked after by the Regent (Acting Chief) Jongintaba Dalindyebo. Mandela was given the name of ‘Nelson’ by his primary school teacher Miss Mdingane in Qunu, as it was customary for all school children to receive Christian names. Nelson Mandela was could have completed his education in several universities but due to his interest in politics and participation in a student protest, he was expelled from Fort Hart University.

South Africa: The Past and the Present

Back then, black people had no say in how their country was run. The government consisted of white people, and most black people were poor and could only afford to work as servants, farmers, and in factories and gold mines. In 1948, the government created new laws to keep white people and black people apart. The law was called ‘apartheid’ (pronounced as A-PART-HITE). Mandela voiced out against this new law and played his part by joining the African National Congress (ANC) to fight for equalities and human rights for black people. Due to his constant protesting and heightened political interest, the government arrested Mandela in 1956 for treason. After a lengthy five-year trial, he was set free in 1961. That same year, South Africa left the Commonwealth. Despite having the support of millions of people in other countries for the anti-apartheid movement, the refusal of other nations, sports teams, and entertainers to want to have anything to do with the country, yet the government refused to change. A year later, Mandela was re-arrested on charges of sabotaging and plotting to overthrow the government. In 1964, at age 46, he was given a life sentence.

Nelson Mandela was freed in 1990, and in 1991, he became the leader of the ANC. In 1994, all black people were finally given their rights to vote. The ANC won the elections and a new government took over. In May 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first black President of South Africa before retiring in 1999. As South Africa’s President, he was respected for his courage and wisdom in bringing people together to live in peace. Nelson Mandela’s unwavering efforts to bring together a nation of mixed races and backgrounds turned him into a legendary man, famously recognized all around the world. The great leader passed away on December 5, 2013 from an illness in the lungs.

Today, we will pay a tribute to the inspirational leader who secured a better future for his people. Together, we celebrate the 96th birthday of Nelson Mandela. Happy birthday from us at Posterific to the anti-apartheid hero! To show your support for Mandela, you can get posters of him from our Facebook page:

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And the Winner…

… of Posterific’s ‘Predict the World Cup Champions‘ contest is CLARENCE NG (xxxxxx – xx – 5285)!

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Congratulations, Clarence, you are now entitled to a FREE poster of this year’s World Cup 2014 champions, Germany!

 

New Posters Announcement

Now let’s get down to business, shall we?

Posterific has just received another new batch of posters! Are you excited yet? We’ve got Game of ThronesRed Hot Chili PeppersMetallica, SpidermanHarley DavidsonAl Pacino in Scarface , Muhammad Ali, Bob Marley, and many more! These awesome posters will be making their way to our official Posterific Facebook page and very soon, you can start placing your orders again. Here are some of the new posters that we have for the moment:

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Stay tuned or go to our Facebook page for more exciting posters that will be heading your way!