Saturday, 6 January 2007

Another reason why Geography's great... (as if you needed any more!)

...if you know roughly where someone lives, but have lost their address, you can draw a sketch map on the envelope of your Christmas card to them...

That's what Peter O'Leary's former colleague did - and the Royal Mail managed to deliver the card in 9 days! Click on the picture for the BBC story.

Apparently, other people have sent mail just with an OS grid reference, and there is even a book by a woman who sent 130 letters with disguised addresses and puzzles for the postman on the envelopes... Of 130 letters, 120 of them reached their destinations!



The Royal Mail have a special warehouse for "undeliverable" mail, and 300 staff "leave no stone unturned" in their quest to get it to where it should be!

2 comments:

Mrs K said...

My mail often doesn't get to me, and that's with the correct address and postcode. Maybe I should recommend that people put maps on the front instead?!

Anyway, that's not the reason I dropped by. I just wanted to let you know about this link - maybe it'll be of interest to your readers? (I saw it on TV.)

http://news.sky.com/skynews/greenbritain

geogtastic! said...

Thanks for pointing that out Mrs K - looks to be some really good stuff on that site!

I fancy doing a bit of an experiment with maps on envelopes....