Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Monday, 13 December 2010

Dear postal services...

Why is it that posting items can be such pot luck? Surely, except in exceptional circumstances (e.g. weather, or an extra busy time such as Christmas), delivery times should be fairly standard?


Why then, do things I post back to Australia take anywhere from 4 days to 4 weeks to arrive? And why do multiple parcels, all going to the same city (different addreses, but all relatively close by to each other), take varying times to be delivered? (I  posted Christmas presents home two weeks ago - one arrived in a week, one arrived in two weeks, the rest are still out there somewhere....)

And why does something that was posted after something else arrive first (my Christmas card from my family arrived before their parcel, and I know the parcel was posted first).

I'm sure I'm not the only one curious to know....


a (rather curious) girl from oz

Friday, 10 December 2010

Things I never thought would happen, volume one

The weather forecast for the weekend where I live is for temperatures of around 5-6 degrees celsius.

When I heard that, I thought to myself, "that sounds like it will be kind of warm, it will make a nice change."

I wonder what my pre-moving-to-the-UK-when-temperatures-around-10-degrees-were-considered-cold- and-it-didn't-happen-very-often self would think of me now.

(and yes, I'm expecting this list to grow :-) )

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Explain, please...

To the woman I saw yesterday while out and about in London:

I totally agree with you. It was cold yesterday. Definitely a day for being wrapped in warm clothes, a warm woolley scarf, gloves, etcetera.

So why were you wearing open-toed shoes?

Anybody care to elaborate, please....

Monday, 6 December 2010

Why me? Or.....what seems to happen every time I try to take a plane trip

I just got back from visiting some Christmas markets in Germany for a few days, and I'm starting to think that I should stop trying to travel by plane for a little while. I was delayed by 6 hours going over, and 3 hours coming back today (both weather related).

Flight delays and/or cancellations are starting to become a bit of a theme when I travel. See, for example, what's happened when I've flown since coming to Europe:

visiting Berlin last year - delay coming back to England due to mechanical problems

visiting Italy this year - it was during one of the British Airways cabin crew strikes, our flight was flown by a charter airline......*shudders* not my favourite flight experience ever...

visiting Copenhagen this year - I was only supposed to be there for 4 days, then fly back to London and out to Turkey, and join a group tour which included being at Gallipoli for the  ANZAC day dawn service. Then the volcano in Iceland happened.....and I didn't get to Turkey, spent a week extra in Copenhagen

I know that's only a short list, but it seems that every flight I try and take has some problems. I think maybe I'll stick to taking the train...