Posts Tagged ‘letter from your postman’

In praise of… Roy Mayall

December 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Modernisation agreements. Market liberalisation. Downstream access. Postal services should be simple: sender posts letter, post office sorts letter, recipient gets letter. Yet the Royal Mail strike in October was over issues so complicated that even union officials struggled to sum them up…

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Listen to Dear Granny Smith on BBC iPlayer

December 14, 2009 6 comments

Dear Granny Smith: A letter from your postman written by Roy Mayall and delivered by Philip Jackson; a heartfelt musing on the past, present and future role of one of the oldest British institutions, the Postie.

Episode 1

Why postmen used to have the best job in the world, and why it’s heading towards becoming the worst.

A Letter From Your Postman as delivered by Roy Mayall

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

By The Bard of Ely

From HubPages

“In Dear Granny Smith (A Letter From Your Postman) We join Roy as he vividly describes some of his working experiences both the good side and the bad side. We learn how a once happy traditional job is being spoiled by “modernisation” and “Team Talk” meetings in which nobody talks and there is no team…”

Not Nostalgia – LRB blog

December 4, 2009 Leave a comment

My new book, Dear Granny Smith, describes the job of a postal worker 30 years ago, and compares this with the job today. Slightly unexpectedly, people keep referring to it as a nostalgic book, which wasn’t its purpose at all….

Postmen: We bind the nation together

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment

He is probably Britain’s best-known postman and set to achieve greater celebrity. But there is a certain cloak-and-dagger element to our meeting. He agrees to let me come to his home town but all I can tell you is that it is somewhere in the South of England. He is fiftysomething, but won’t be more specific. He has been doing his round for “a number of years”.

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Dear Granny Smith

November 18, 2009 3 comments

Book cover

Roy Mayall’s book now available to order on Amazon:

This book is a letter to you, me, all of us, from a British postie. A fascinating, eye-opening, heartfelt letter which goes behind the scenes, through the ages, in the sorting room and out on the daily round, to tell the other side of the story.
At a recent staff meeting, a postman asked what the modernisation of the Royal Mail would mean for “Granny Smith” – the little old lady who lives
alone and for whom the mail service is a lifeline.
“Granny Smith isn’t important,” was the reply. “Granny Smith doesn’t matter anymore.”
Well, Dear Granny Smith is an attempt to explain why she does matter. An appeal to all of us to spend an evening by the fire with a cup of cocoa and take a quiet moment to read a letter from the people who are the real Santas, not just at Christmas but all year round…
Yanis Varoufakis


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