Saturday, 22 December 2007


According to our final letters recieved today, I have processed over 35,000 items of mail, maintained an average of 93.3% accuracy (that means "only" 2,345 items of mail were sent to the wrong country) and I was ranked 143 out of over 340. Not brilliant, not rubbish, not bad at all.

As well as the dodgy scanning technology, mis-feeds and opened wrappers, there were novelty inks, shiny papers, incorrect addresses, some truly terrible handwriting, rotten spelling and just sheer unfamiliarity with place names.

Just where is the Coaltown of Balgowrie? How many lls are there in Llangollellen? Is there really a place called Midsomer Parva?

If you don't think postcodes are important, then remember that there is a Perth in Western Australia as well as in Scotland. Don't get me started on Halifax.

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Yep, really

Mail is found in depot a year on
Postal bosses have apologised after a blunder by staff left thousands of Christmas letters languishing in a depot for a year.
The 4,000 letters were found at the Aberdeen Mail Centre in a storage area which has not been used since last Christmas.
The mail, destined for Aberdeen and the north east, was discovered on Monday when equipment was moved.
The two bags of first-class post were found under empty mail bags in a carrier cage. Workers have spent the last five days processing the mail and it will start dropping through letterboxes tomorrow a year late - along with letters of apology.
Royal Mail said the mistake was down to human error and stressed that "strong measures" have been introduced to make sure there is no repeat of the blunder.
Consumer watchdog Postwatch said the fiasco was "extremely disappointing" and urged customers to seek compensation if they were not satisfied with the service.
A spokeswoman said Royal Mail offered sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused as a result of this delay. Any customers with concerns about missing mail can contact Royal Mail Customer Services on 08457 740 740.
Um, yeah. We did notice something was up but just thought it was someone who hadn't set the franking machines up right. And another thing. Who gets Sunday deliveries nowadays?

Monday, 3 December 2007

If you want to write to Santa, his postcode is BT99 1EE.

I know it's been a long time.

I've been busy. I am busy. I'm currently holding down two jobs.

The part time bakery job and a full time night position in Stoke sorting computer images of letters.

While I'm in Hanley, sitting in a giant open plan office that's a call centre during the day, I'm sorting mainly Scottish mail. Not mail to Scotland. Not mail from Scotland. Mail in Scotland. Work that one out.

And we're getting a lot of mail for Santa Claus. Here's a tip. Try using envelopes.

With no computer at home, I have to book appointments at the local library (only one appointment a week, three hours maximum) and I'm using those to search for jobs on-line mainly and sort out my e-mails.

I work 10pm - 6am in Stoke, travel home, spending 8am to 9am relaxing and getting ready to go to the day job, work 10am to 2pm (this week I'll start working 'til 3pm) at the bakery, get home and get ready for bed at around 4pm-5pm and then get up at around 7:30pm to start getting ready for work again.

If I'm lucky, I have about 3 hours sleep a day. I knew my depression related insomnia would come in handy one day.

I'm trying to get my life sorted, I'm still applying for jobs and I'm currently earning slightly more than I was earning at the Big E. So far, so good.

Of course this all falls to pieces just before Christmas when Royal Mail let their Christmas Casuals go.