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December 10, 2011



there is an omnibus edition of the first five programmes at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017x7g8 for anyone who wants to listen right through (and it's also up on the 'net longer)

very interesting to hear about the origins of the post...I feel lucky to still be able to use it


some wonderful quotes in this week's episodes.

About the introduction of adhesive stamps:
a schoolboy who didn't
"fancy making my mouth a glue pot"
but still had
"the satisfaction of kissing or rather slobbering of her majesty's back"

(still some people having at least that first thought more than 170 years later:http://16sparrows.typepad.com/letterwritersalliance/2011/06/stamp-moistening-pen.html)

and descriptions of post boxes (for sending letters), my particular favourites:
"the treasure house of a thousands secrets; the fortress of a thousand souls"

Now if those don't get you thinking differently about the post office, I don't know what will

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