Friday, 21 May 2010

Museum of London


What did I say about receiving postcards from people living outside of their home countries? It seems like that's the theme of the week - I've just had yet another such card! This time it's from a Dutch girl living and studying in London. This is one of the nicest ad cards I've received for a long time. It advertises the Museum of London, opening on 28 May 2010.

This is what the card says about the new museum:

"The spectacular £20 million Galleries of Modern London, opening on 28 May 2010, tell the story of London and its people from 1666 to the present day. Five new galleries and 7,000 objects show how the vibrant and unflagging energy of Londoners has shaped this global city."

It sounds really interesting, it would be nice to visit it one day. You can find out more about the museum here.

The stamp is the standard second class definitive stamp. I don't understand why (most) British stamps have to be so boring. :( On a related note, within the UK you have the option to send mail either by first or second class. First class is slightly more expensive and it's *supposed to* be delivered the day after mailing. This is not quite how it works in reality, however, which is why I only really use first class stamps to mail job applications, or postcards to people who appreciate nice stamps (as nice stamps are not available in 2nd class anymore :/) on their mail. I think it's a waste of money to send normal mail in first class when there's no guarantee it's going to be delivered the following day. Quite often it takes at least as long as second class mail, and earlier this year there was an instance where I sent a postcard to London in first class, but it took a month to arrive! Royal Mail can be such a joke sometimes...

Royal Mail quite often prints messages on cancellations, usually advertising different services or reminding people to write the postcode on their mail. I had no idea what this was about, so I had to check out what this "10:10" means. Apparently it's an environmental project where individuals and organisations are trying to achieve a 10% cut in the UK’s carbon emissions in 2010. I wonder how it's going to work... Surely airmail isn't the most environmental thing to be around, but then there would be no international mail (or it would take weeks or even months to arrive), which would be devastating news for postcrossers (and lots of other people as well - you just can't use email all the time!).

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