Royal ‘fail-mail’

Explain this one to me……..

A letter (probably a birthday card) was sent from Cornwall with a £2.25 stamp on it, clearly addressed to a lady in Queensland Australia, and it was delivered to our house in west Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom…….and not just once. Mystified by the first delivery which, admittedly, did bear our house number and three sequentially correct letters of our street name, Jenny took it to a main Post Office to make doubly-sure it was re-directed to the correct address. Even the staff at the Post Office had a good laugh at the Royal Mail’s failure. End of story……..?

helen-krimmer-letter-copyNo, the very next day we received just one item of mail. I highlight this because it wasn’t hiding amongst a load of other letters or junk mail, it was just one very large pink envelop, addressed in large lettering with a legibly clear ‘primary school’ style and, for a second time, some poor lady in Queensland Australia was being robbed of her birthday greeting.

This time, I took it to my local Post Office, asking the somewhat rhetorical question why any literate postman or woman would make such an elementary mistake, not just once, but twice……..or, is there more to come?

Watch this space.

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on October 8, 2016, in Aspects of Britain and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Sheila Cakebread

    My sister recently sent some important and urgent documents to a university in France, where my niece is spending part of this academic year. They paid for what they thought was a secure and speedy service with Royal Mail, which included tracking. When they tracked the parcel, it had arrived in Australia! So they obviously do direct some post to Australia.

  2. Classic! At least you are good enough to try sorting it out.

  3. Maybe the postman knew you had been to Australia and needed a reminder of “The Sunshine Coast”!
    I eagerly await the next instalment.

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