How random of me.
I had lunch with friends today and then went to visit Weeza and Zerlina. Zerlina is walking very steadily now, but she's into everything. She isn't destructive and knows what she's not allowed to do, but she climbs over everything and teeters precariously on every edge available. The sitting room floor is wood, so it's quite nerve-wracking, seeing her clambering onto a chair and balancing on the side, ready to plummet backwards onto the floor. She is unbothered, even when she takes a tumble, however.
As I was walking out to the car after lunch, a small group was talking about the planned postal strikes. These ladies were all in their 70s or 80s, only a couple of them used to using the internet, but none of them was too bothered. It was agreed (assuming that it drags on for another month or two) that they love to receive Christmas cards (funnily enough, no one said how much the writing of them was appreciated) but they could all manage without, and would phone or email instead. They would send presents by mail order and let the companies work out how best to get them delivered. I've rarely seen quite a strike that is likely to backfire quite so much. Use of the postal service has, apparently, declined by 10% this year alone - I've a feeling that if it weren't for eBay, it would have gone down rather more. If mail order companies start to use courier services and find them satisfactory, they may well not go back to the Royal Mail (is it still called the Royal Mail, I wonder?). If we start receiving more business communications by email (my preferred medium already, unless I actually must file the papers) then it will become accepted practice. If we go a year without Christmas cards, will we all bother to go back to them, or will we realise how few are really important? We've asked our postmen here what they think, and they're against the strike. And we've got a week's statutory notice of the next one, on Thursday and Friday. So we've got time to make preparations.