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Going Postal II

10:24 UK time, Monday, 15 October 2007

The postal service still has a long way to go before it clears its backlog, a post-strike Magazine experiment suggests.

Five days after 10 postcards were sent first-class in west London to volunteers living across the UK, only five have so far found their way on to their doormats.

postcards_mag203.gifIt was the far-flung places that were the early successes. The first card arrived in Oban, western Scotland, on Friday morning, then three postcards arrived on Saturday and one on Monday, which suggests some headway is being made into the 60 millions items that piled up during the two 48-hour strikes.

The second recipient was Alan Meban, from Belfast, who provides photographic evidence (above) that mail is crossing the Irish Sea.

"Your card eventually arrived this morning," he said on Saturday. "The postman skipped down the street pretty snappy with armfuls of mail - otherwise he might have got to take the picture.

"So instead, you'll have to make do with a 'typical' East Belfast view up the long drive to Stormont."

The other lucky recipients were, in order, Emma Parker (above with daughter Daisy) in Cambridgeshire, Sarah Williams in Cardiff and Ali Press in Cornwall.

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