Read on, you won’t believe this but it’s 100% true!!

The days when the ‘postie’ cycled along the street with a bulging canvas bag attached to the handlebars is fast fading into history. I can remember as a young lad waiting for mail from my various overseas pen friends.  I would often stand at the gate and eagerly watch the progress of the sturdy bike as it made its way from letterbox to letterbox, getting ever closer to my impatient hands.

I would grab the envelope and immediately admire the three or four large, colourful stamps carefully chosen by my overseas friends in Austria, Poland and East Germany. I liked to have pen friends in non English speaking places because their fractured English fascinated me!  It didn’t dawn on me that they were at least making the effort to communicate in my language. read more