h2g2 Post 24.05.01

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Posted: 24th May 2001


Welcome to edition 64 of The Post

The post is on strike... not this one, the postal service in England, or a fair proportion of it anyway. How does this affect me you may ask? It doesn't really, especially as I am now based in Holland, but it is certainly affecting an awful lot of people.

Although the art of letter-writing is supposed to be a dying one, many still rely heavily on the postal system as a means of communication. Of course we all get heartily fed up with the regular diet of unsolicited advertisements and special offers which are now a part of the daily mail delivery... and all those dreadful party-political pamphlets don't help the tree population of South America one bit; but to some people any written word is better then no word at all.

I experienced the same when my email suddenly stopped pouring into my inbox. A feeling of isolation, frustration and worry that I was missing something important. This was further exacerbated by finding out that, because I had moved from one Domain manager to another, the original company had deleted all the mail sitting waiting to be picked up. This felt like an affront to the system. I was used to thinking that 'mail' via the internet was as protected as 'mail' through a letter box... protected by law and not to be interfered with! Apparently this is not the case... so beware!

This week's edition is somewhat smaller than normal, mainly due to recent events and the fact that a lot of our contributors are students who are now ploughing through 'end of termers'... good luck guys!

Any copy, articles, suggestions and letters should be sent to The Editor. Please use this same address if you are interested in volunteering to become a regular contributor.


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