Australia and England are first world countries. Why has our respective countries postal services fallen apart? Perhaps fault is in Australia.
We posted a birthday card to Bone Doctor from England a couple of weeks before her birthday. It arrived in time. We posted a birthday card to Sister, also in a timely manner but the last time I spoke to her, it had not arrived some 4 to 5 weeks later. We sent a postcard to Mother from England. As of last Thursday, again about 4 weeks later, it had not arrived.
Mother posted Sister a birthday card and weeks later it had not arrived, a distance of less than 100 kilometres.
I sent an A4 sized hard cardboard envelope to R's 3 year old great nephew containing three sheets of stickers and the postage was $12. When will it arrive in the UK via Australia Post, if ever?
Today some photos arrived by post from one of R's English cousins. The date stamp on the envelope was 13/08 and the arrival date 27/08. That is fairly standard as we have been used to but still, it is two weeks. Surely two days for sorting in England, two days for air travel and two days sorting here, maximum six days.
Yet, last week I ordered a new remote control for R's digital tv recorder from Sydney. He wears out the the 30 second forward skip button going through tv ads. It was a parcel in the hands of Australia Post. I ordered it on Wednesday and it arrived Friday. Great service.
But what has happened to our normal postal service?