Thursday, 7 April 2011

Shop art in Norwich

One unexpected opportunity from the recession has been the reuse of unoccupied shops in Norwich to display art by local artists.

Some isn't really my thing but there is some real thought, talent and humour in some of it like these images based on duracell batteries.

Great idea and trying to lift the gloom.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Royal Mail is rubbish but pity the Postman...

Prices went up for stamps today. A whopping 5p jump for first class postage! A record. What do we get? Well, my wife got a birthday card over a week late, normal sized, but because it was a bit arty and had a bit of string on it, was deemed to cost 10p more to deliver, so we were charged £1.10 to get it delivered. Verging on criminal jobs-worth behaviour.

Now they are putting postal workers in vans for spurious health and safety reasons and scrapping bicycles. We all know it is so fewer postmen can be made to be more productive by driving about, then taking out a trolley that can carry more post than a bike. Doesn't stop them getting injured by the real health and safety issues, like attacks by aggressive pets, and will be less environmental with extra road pollution and congestion.

Service has got worse and costs more. Gave up milk deliveries because the same happened. Maybe Royal Mail should be privatised as it can't get much worse? Pity the poor postie though. I'll miss their contribution to community life. No time to chat when they are speeding in vans and lugging excessively heavy trolleys to meet their hourly quotas...