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The Do It Yourself Postal Service

September 26, 2016


This story was first published in The Big Issue # 518, 12-25 August 2016.   My mate Paul and I have started a new postal service.  An exclusive, boutique service. We have a catchment area of four linear kilometres and a clientele of two. There are no premium rates. No sorting of letters in faraway […]

The DIY Postal Service (preview)

August 15, 2016


The Big Issue has just published a story about letter-writing, and friendship, and delivering your own hand-written letters on your own bike. I have a postie’s bike, but not in good working order. Salvaged from a skip, it’s a rusted machine with a cracked leather seat, flat tyres and a chain that won’t budge. Still, […]

My father’s desk

December 18, 2012


  I AM  SITTING at my father’s desk, writing letters. It is a small desk, only 75cm wide. Just enough room to open an A4 spiral notebook. Just enough room for pen and paper and thoughts. The desk is more accurately described as an escritoire – a desk with a sloping front door, hinged at […]