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  1. The worldwide decline can be attributed - the postal service.

    An occasional Grumpy Old Man Missive:

    As a regular user of the postal services over the last fifty or so years, I've noticed that as countries improve, so their postal services decline.

    When we lived in the UK we had amazing speed and efficiency, but they only delivered on alternate days and if you weren't home at precisely the time they wanted to deliver, you had to schlep to the nearest postal services centre, which invariably occupied the cheapest building on some dodgy ...
  2. The importance of a comfortable chair.

    An Occasional Grumpy Old Man Missive:

    I have noticed a trend: as you get on in life, your ability to be comfortably seated is significantly reduced.

    When I was two, I could hunker down on my heels. At three, happily sit on my granddad's bony knee. At four, a tree branch or jutting-out rock was a perfectly acceptable perch.

    In my adolescence I spent nearly 8 hours a day on a plywood-seated tubular-steel school chair, to think nothing of the hours spent on a ...
  3. Getting close to the point of being nearly 'bloody annoyed', actually

    An Occasional Grumpy Old Man Missive:

    Which, for someone of post-war middle-class British extraction with a history of discussing and moaning about the weather, politicians, the French and the shambles that is British Rugby and Australian cricket, is pretty close to being the actual limit.

    It really comes down to one simple issue: Why is science fiction associated with fantasy - As in 'Science Fiction and Fantasy' - in every bookshop and online vendor, in libraries and ...
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