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The Naked Postmen of the North East of England

In Post Event, Post in the World, Post Moment on June 30, 2009 at 4:58 pm

C04B963C-F4A8-DF8D-7FFE8A3A661228C3 Read on


The Elastic Band

In Post in the World, Post Moment on June 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm

A-ball-made-of-red-rubber-001From the Guardian Thursday 25th June 2009

Rubber bands dropped by postal workers collected by public

More than 13,000 discarded red rubber bands will be sent back to the Royal Mail by an anti-litter campaign after being scooped off the streets by members of the public.

In one of the biggest exercises of its kind, people throughout the UK collected the bands – dropped by postmen on pavements and in doorways – after a national campaign by Keep Britain Tidy.

In April the organisation warned postal workers they could face on-the-spot fines of up to £80 (rising to £2,500 if a case went to court) if they were caught dropping the familiar red bands, which are used to hold bundles of letters. It asked people to collect any bands found on pavements and driveways and the charity is now set to bounce them back to Royal Mail in a giant see-through envelope. 

Dickie Felton of Keep Britain Tidy said: “We were amazed that our campaign caused such a commotion. We received hundreds of letters stuffed with red rubber bands from across the country. Clearly people are fed-up with posties carelessly throwing these bands on the floor. We accept that dropping an elastic band is hardly the worst littering offence in the world, but nonetheless it is litter.”

Felton said the bands were an eyesore when strewn on the ground, but also posed a serious choking danger to pets and wildflife.

Keep Britain Tidy is now set to return all 13,000 rubber bands to Royal Mail in a giant envelope to highlight the scale of the problem and allow them to be reused. Royal Mail currently spends an estimated £1m every year replacing rubber bands.

Felton added: “We are pleased that Royal Mail has acknowledged that this is a problem. Our campaign was covered in Royal Mail’s internal newspaper Courier and we hope that Royal Mail continues to communicate to employees that dropping rubber bands is unacceptable.”

Keep Britain Tidy has also today written to Royal Mail's chief executive with the offer of a meeting to further discuss the problem and ways to tackle it.

Post Letters! is environmentally friendly

In Post in the World on June 30, 2009 at 4:14 pm

There is a concern, of course, that encouraging the posting of letters is, in the long term, bad for the environment. But Post Letters!‘s philosophy is simple. Only 10% of current post sent through the UK is for anything personal. The rest is direct, or junk, mail. So we think direct mail should be cut down and personal letter writing increased to meet the gap (so as not to make any more job losses for our friends the postmen and women). That way everyone’s happier, postpeople are still in jobs and we all get more post!

Read comment on the UK’s postal service crisis.

And rest at ease with this slide show of postcards.

Write a letter to an old teacher

In Letter Writing, Nonsense Letters, Post Action on June 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Write a letter to the man in the corner shop.
Write a letter to the postman.
Write a letter to an abstract concept.
Write a letter to someone you will make friends with but haven’t met yet.
Write a letter to the popcorn machine at the cinema.
Write a letter to your first memory.
Write a letter in aid of charity or to save someone’s life.
Write a letter for the sheer loving hell of it.
Write a letter to your firstborn, or to someone else’s firstborn.
Write a letter in the style of a new dance craze.
Write a letter that adds up to a hundred.
Write a letter on a bus.
Write a letter to Miranda July (PO Box 26596, Los Angeles, CA 90026 USA)
Write a letter to the kitchen sink.
Write a letter sitting in the kitchen sink (name that book).
Write a letter to the moon.
Write a letter to grandma!

Brixton Beach

In Letter Writing, Post Art, Post in the World on June 4, 2009 at 2:25 pm

198.11A delicious new exhibition has opened at 198 – Contemporary Arts and Learning in Brixton. Here’s some of the blurb:

Collages from this same series are the detritus of letter writing. In these, anxiety is represented by images of dogs or monkeys. Yellowed endpapers, the fragmentary marks of handwriting, stamps and postmarks are all signs of absence.

We Sang In This Envelope

In Letter Writing, Post Action, Post in the World on June 4, 2009 at 2:15 pm

wesanginthisenvelope (417 x 577)The first ever Post Letters! mail party was held – we delivered about 50 pieces of new post to eager receivers of mail. In many, we simply sang in to the envelope – and told you so. If you received yours, please do what one lovely mailee did – and write on it, in turn, and send it on to someone else. Or, if not that, be encouraged by your newfound piece of post, and send something of your own on to someone else – someone you’ve not written to in a long while.

Address Your Letters Plainly

In Letter Writing, Post Art, Post History, Post in the World on June 3, 2009 at 1:25 pm