I wish I had thought of this reply when arguing with the Dept. of Work and Pensions before I retired.
If the drier goes can the toaster be far behind?
A couple of years ago I upset the Gods of Gadgets and everything went belly up within a short space of time. One of those things was the boiler. Fortunately a nice little man fixed it. Now, however, it has packed up again – this time for good. (He did warn us his fixing would only keep it going twelve months or so). Yesterday the tumble drier groaned to a halt as well. No heating and no tumble dryer and cold rainy weather. Not a good recipe for getting clothes dry. What concerns me even more is that this could be the start of another spate of gadget deaths. I wonder how I offended the Gadget Gods this time – it certainly wasn’t consciously done.
I live in Pensby on The Wirral peninsula in Cheshire, England, the UK. Pensby is non-place in that it has few facilities and little history (having in the 18th Century simply been a scattering of a few houses, farms and a Hall). Its two main facilities are the Library and the Post Office.
This month the library opening hours have been reduced by 50% so that it is now closed on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
The number of books available is also being gradually reduced.
When Partner-who-loves-tea and I went into the Post Office this morning there was a questionnaire on the counter asking for views on changes to Post Office opening hours. To my amazement they are planning to increase the number of hours the Post Office is open. Having checked that the Postmaster is happy with the proposed changes of hours I shall give them my support.
However, one of the main things I get from the Post Office is special commemorative stamps. If the changes go ahead as planned they will no longer be available from our Pensby Post Office. The counters will also be open and no longer screened. Whilst I like that idea in theory I worry that the large amounts of cash in a Post Office could invite the sort of armed robbery that has occurred in our local off-licence. People are rarely physically hurt in these robberies but the mental and emotional anguish they cause the staff is considerable. Ah well, perhaps I’m just being an old fogey and worrying too much. I hope so.
A Parcel from Li
A student from China, Dai Li, has become a friend of mine over the past year or so and she is kind enough to remember to write me postcards even when on top of Mt Fujiyama on her holidays. In December she sent me a parcel which arrived yesterday.
It had a photo of her, taken on Christmas Eve, some lovely postcards (including a wooden Giant Panda), pretty envelopes (also featuring Giant Pandas) and two stuffed toy Giant Pandas. Part of the delay in it arriving was caused by it having been opened by the Chinese customs. Perhaps they took the ‘Contents – Giant Pandas’ literally!
It makes you :-)
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