I had to go to the Post Office this morning.

It’s an odd sort of place, Shirley Post Office. It’s one of those places where all human life is on display – well, most human life anyway. There’s a distinct lack of that subset of human life known as “people who work in post offices”, which means there’s plenty of time to study the surroundings. There’s a stamp dispenser with no stamps, a photocopier with no paper, and at least one customer – the one in the queue behind me – with no marbles.

The biggest surprise of all, however, was the copyright notice on the wall. Apparently, “The words ‘Royal Mail’, the cruciform logo, and the colour red, are registered trademarks of the Royal Mail”.

The colour red??????

In other news, I’ve just been watching “Robin Hood”. I know this series hasn’t gone down too well with the viewing public, although I reckon it’s truer to what any real Robin Hood would’ve been like, than anything that’s gone before. Nottingham doesn’t seem to have changed much, either. But Maid Marian practising tai chi?

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