I am not talking about waving the Stars and Stripes from the nearest rooftop or supporting any action which the President of the United States wants to take, I am talking about standing shoulder to shoulder and offering our help and support. September 11 was an attack on the western world and who knows what other targets the Al Qaeda network is drawing up. S11 was a black day for the western world. America is a long way off geographically but in every other aspect it is very close. And we shouldn't forget that.
Snail mail and postcards
I can beat C. Andrew (who complained about the late delivery of his postcards in this week's Bulletin). We visited Port Pollenca in July/August this year and sent 8 postcards. The first 3 arrived on Saturday. The rest are still missing in action. Furthermore 3 of 6 postcards sent from Menorca two years ago have still not arrived. And we in Britain criticise the British Postal System!
A solution for your holiday postcard woes
In reply to the letter from C. Andrew re: the late arrival of holiday postcards, I cannot tell him why this happens. However, I can supply a tried and tested solution.
Buy postcard size envelopes, pop the postcard inside, address and post. The postcard will now travel letterpost. It may not look as pretty when it hits the doormat, but it will arrive before you do. Oh and there's one other advantage. The postman can't read what you've been up to on your hols.
Support for the Post Office
I must admit that I have noticed a real improvement in the postal service over recent months and I am receiving letters from the UK much quicker.