Friday, 23 October 2009


Remember the Andrex puppy? So cute, taking the toilet roll and unravelling it adorably throughout the house?
Well it's not adorable or cute when your puppy does that! It's just flipping annoying.

Something else that is annoying is those round e-mails you get that swear to be real answers given in exams, but then show that they can't be.
I received one today that claimed to be genuine answers to GCSE exams set in Wiltshire, UK. Because of course, Wiltshire has its own examination board. Not.
There are then questions that couldn't have been set in any subject actually examined at GCSE and at a level usually associated with Key Stage 2.
But no biggie.
All I'm saying is, if you don't know what you're talking about, don't talk.

So the UK is in the grip of a massive postal strike.
Since being here, I have blogged about missing the sound of the post plopping onto the carpet in the morning, and particularly the Saturday morning post. But now, I guess I have gotten used to it.

A few years back, I would have agreed with Anthony Powell that books do furnish a room, I would have said how delightful it was to receive something by mail and that there was nothing like reading the paper on a Sunday morning.

On my birthday, I received many birthday wishes and greetings from around the world, er..or more, various parts of Europe and North America, via the blog, Facebook, e-mail and of course, telephone, but only two actual cards, and the fact is - I was glad of it. I am pleased to have reached this point. The physical post now annoys me, as do paper newspapers. And I am greatly looking forward to getting one of those e-readers.
Things have changed.

Perhaps a lot of people don't think the same way about the postal system as they used to. Maybe Parcel Force is what it's all about now. And perhaps the postal system is signing its own death warrant.
And maybe it's not actually true that 'plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.'
Maybe, sometimes, the more it changes, the more it actually...well...changes.


Sleepy said...

You've surprised me.
I'd have never had you down as a fan of the e-reader.

The things I hate about birthday cards are, How long do you leave them up? And do you keep them or throw them away?
I have the last card my Grandfather ever sent me. I get it out every now and then and look at his handwriting.

Schneewittchen said...

Well, 'tis true that you can't beat the good old paperback for bathtime reading, but the e-reader does fit in well with my whole tidying and weeding thing.

Sleepy said...

I imagine they'd be very awkward to read in bed.

Schneewittchen said...

Oh. Huh. I'm not sure. My friend Ree has a Kindle, so I'll ask her about that. I would think it might be easier because you wouldn't have to have a separate light.
The new Nook (not that you can get it in Canada) even allows you to 'loan' books you've downloaded to other readers.

Sleepy said...

Think I'll stick with an actual book for the time being!