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We have a very nice, conscientious postperson. She has just dropped my mail through my letterbox. My video doorbell clocked her in at 18:27.

I am not having a go at her, not at all. Nor am I unappreciative of the national emergency. However the decline in the quality of the Royal Mail and Post Office services in rural areas has nothing do with that. It has been continuous for several years. We have been virtually abandoned without apparent concern.

What is the point of a national postal service when its only function appears to be the delivery of junk mail?

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  1. Isla Cen-Black
    October 1, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    My boyfriend is a postie and has been for 22 years. He hates how things have went downhill & how much things have changed. They are expected to do triple the work in less hours for the same money. Gone are the days when everyone knew the name of their postie 🥺 x

  2. Fred in Sunny Sydney
    October 1, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Better late than never, as they say.
    Seems a world wide trend due to the proliferation of email.
    In Sydney we have only recently went from once a day deliveries to once every two days.
    Posties are being retrained and every second day are delivering parcels…the number of which have grown exponentially since Covid.

    • October 1, 2020 at 10:26 pm

      And good to hear from you, mate. The cause is obvious but it’s the disregard for the customer that pisses me off. The Post Office is still publicity owned. It should be sold to an organisation that might give one.

  3. Glenis
    October 2, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    Exactly the same here in Australia. Australia Post making mega profits $$$, charge a fortune $ wise to post anything but takes forever if you post something.

  4. Alemur Swiderski, Guelph, Ontario, Canada (N1E 6J3)
    October 12, 2020 at 1:49 am

    Just finished reading your latest Bob Skinner novel “Bad Fire” which I obtained just this week and have now finished. This was another great novel which was thoroughly enjoyable, difficult to put down once you began reading. Have read all the “Skinner” novels and have enjoyed every one but this is a classic. The way you continue utilizing all the characters from previous stories is refreshing and keeps the audience appraised of the characters positions as if it’s a continuing story of the Scottish police force from way back. Another novel I really enjoyed was “Mathew’s Tale”, the historic novel of Skinner’s relatives way back. Would like to see a follow up of that if it was possible. Thank you for your hard endeavours to entertain your readers and long may you continue to do so.
    Yours in script.

  5. George
    October 25, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Quintin, what are book release plans for 2021? Will it just be the normal Nov release of the next Skinner or have you utilised lockdown to add to the Oz or Primavera saga’s?

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