Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Jesus & Mo on Newsnight

Did you catch Newsnight this week? The Author of the Jesus & Mo cartoon was interviewed by Jeremy Paxman.



Prior to this, the Author made his thoughts known regarding the censorship imposed by Channel 4.
"This will be obscure to you if you don’t know the backstory. Last night, Channel 4 News did a piece on the Maajid Nawaz/J&M controversy. They showed the comic, but censored Mo – thus playing to the worst stereotype of Muslims as violent fanatics, pushing liberal Muslims “further into a ditch” (Nawaz), betraying the principles of journalism in a democracy, and providing fuel for true anti-Muslim bigots.
Nice work, Channel 4 News."























Jesus & Mo
Jesus & Mo greeting cards  at Cool Cards


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Postman Pat: The Movie

(pronounce in a deep, gruff, american accent)
"Postman Pat: The Movie"

Pat gets seduced by the lure of fame and fortune.


video


"The 3D animated film will see Stephen Mangan voice the beloved cartoon character as he enters a TV talent show competition. Ronan Keating will provide the singing voice for Pat.

Speaking to Digital Spy at the recent Sky Arts South Bank Awards, Mangan admitted that he hopes the movie will take Pat to "the dark side".

"What can I say about Postman Pat?" he said. "One of the most iconic cartoon characters ever, and also one of the nicest.

"Being nice for an hour and a half is not that interesting, so we take Pat to the dark side. He gets seduced by the lure of fame and fortune.

"He even falls out with Jess. That's all I'm saying, don't tell the kids!"

David Tennant, Jim Broadbent and Rupert Grint also feature in the voice cast for Postman Pat: The Movie, which will be released in UK cinemas on May 23."

iMDB - Postman Pat - The Movie

Monday, 3 February 2014

Vinegar Valentines

Who knew that Vinegar Valentines was a thing? And why are Hallmark not milking it?

The Collectors Weekly have a great piece on these forgotten gems of anti-sentiment, entitled Happy Valentine's Day, I Hate You.


































The Collectors Weekly - Happy Valentine's Day, I Hate You


Sunday, 2 February 2014

Exclusive - Uncooked Valentines

Available only from Cool Cards, a wonderfully snarky range of Uncooked Valentine's Cards:


























View these, and more, at Cool Cards


Friday, 31 January 2014

WW1 - 12 million letters a week

World War One: How did 12 million letters a week reach soldiers?














A remarkable and humbling account:

During World War One up to 12 million letters a week were delivered to soldiers, many on the front line. The wartime post was a remarkable operation, writes ex-postman and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

When a soldier on the Western Front wrote to a London newspaper in 1915 saying he was lonely and would appreciate receiving some mail the response was immediate.
The newspaper published his name and regiment and within weeks he'd received 3,000 letters, 98 large parcels and three mailbags full of smaller packages.

Had that soldier had the time to respond to every letter he could have done. Wherever he was fighting, his reply would have been delivered back to Britain within a day or two of posting.

How the General Post Office (GPO) maintained such an efficient postal service to soldiers and sailors during World War One is a story of remarkable ingenuity and amazing courage.

The imperative was clear from the start. Ever since the establishment of the Penny Post in 1840, the ability to communicate by letter reliably and cheaply had become a public expectation.
For fighting soldiers it was essential to morale and the British Army knew that. It considered delivering letters to the front as important as delivering rations and ammunition.

The Boer War of 1899 had established an expectation among soldiers that they would be able to stay in touch with those at home but the logistics of doing so in WW1 provided a challenge on an unprecedented scale.

The GPO was already a huge operation before war broke out in 1914. It employed over 250,000 people and had a revenue of £32m, making it the biggest economic enterprise in Britain and the largest single employer of labour in the world, according to the British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA).

But at its peak during the war it was dealing with an extra 12 million letters and a million parcels being sent to soldiers each week.

Continues at BBC News



Mailman Battles Angry Cat

First dogs, now cats. What next?

 

It's like we've always said:
"Do not meddle
in the affairs of
CATS
For they are subtle
And will piss on
your computer"


Cat card image from our Lettered greeting card range


 

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Jesus & Mo supported by Nick Clegg

You'll recall our recent post concerning the death threats made against Maajid Nawaz, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, for posting this innocuous Jesus & Mo image?























The free speech petition in support of Maajid would appear to have made some impact with the Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg:
"I very much recognise and respect that the visual depiction of the Prophet Muhammad is regarded as deeply offensive and distressing to you and many other Muslims in the UK and beyond. But I recognise too that there are also Muslims, including devout ones, who take a different view.

However, the Liberal Democrats are a party of respect, tolerance and individual liberty. We fundamentally believe in freedom of expression in an open, liberal and free society and therefore strongly defend Maajid’s right to express his views. Maajid was commenting on a recent BBC programme which covered this issue and wanted to make the point that as a Muslim he did not regard depiction of the Prophet Muhammad as being offensive.

It is my understanding that Maajid has made it clear that he therefore tweeted in order to contribute to a live debate rather than out of any intention to deliberately offend, and that his tweet reflects his genuinely and sincerely held religious views. I hope that those who take a different view would respect his right and sincerity in doing so. I’m sure it goes without saying that the death threats and threats of violence Maajid has received are totally unacceptable, and I’m sure you will join me in whole-heartedly condemning them."

The Jesus & Mo author also had this to say:























Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Jesus & Mo spark death threats

Hey, how ya doin?

Hope that greeting doesn't offend you... because it seems to have offended some and they're not happy. Not happy as in death-threat not happy.

You know the Jesus & Mo cartoon strip which has been around since 2005? And you know our Jesus & Mo cards? Well Maajid Nawaz, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Killburn, posted an innocuous 'Jesus and Mo' cartoon on his Twitter timeline and stated that he, as a Muslim, was not offended by the content.

His tweet followed a BBC Big Questions programme in which the cartoons were discussed and Maajid Nawaz was included as a studio guest. The cartoon depicts Jesus and Mo saying 'Hey' and 'How ya doin'" to each other.

https://twitter.com/MaajidNawaz/status/422342223460855809






















"On January 12th, Maajid Nawaz, Liberal Democrat PPC for Hampstead and Killburn, posted an innocuous 'Jesus and Mo' cartoon on his Twitter timeline and stated that he, as a Muslim, was not offended by the content. This followed a BBC Big Questions programme in which the cartoons were discussed and Maajid Nawaz was included as a studio guest. The cartoon depicts Jesus and Mo saying 'Hey' and 'How ya doin'" to each other.

Islamists and political opponents have now mounted a campaign against Maajid Nawaz, resulting in numerous threats to his life. We note that this, rather than being based on legitimate concerns of Muslims, is a political campaign spear-headed by a group of Islamist reactionaries with a track record of promoting extremism. They are seeeking to use Muslim communities in order to whip up hatred against a liberal and secular Muslim. We are concerned that this campaign will also be used by anti-Muslim extremists as evidence of Muslim intolerance and incompatibility with liberal values which could, in turn, fuel anti-Muslim bigotry.

We note with concern that this attempt to silence Maajid Nawaz is fuelled by Liberal Democrats party member Mohammed Shafiq. Freedom of expression is essential to the functioning of a liberal democracy, and a core value of the Liberal Democratic party. The agitation of a party member against a designated Prospective Parliamentary Candidate is antithetical to these core values."

This is clearly a matter of freedom of speech and has to be challenged. Please petition Nick Clegg and give full support to LibDem PPC Maajid Nawaz and take disciplinary action against party member Mohammed Shafiq by signing this Change.org petition organised by Chris Moos.

Watch the BBC Big Questions programme on YouTube "Should human rights always outweigh religious rights?" - skip to around the 53 minute mark for the relevant piece.

Read more at the National Secular Society

Please sign the petition 


Sunday, 12 January 2014

Bob Mankoff selects his favourite New Yorker cartoons

New for 2014. We hope soon to have a range of The New Yorker greeting cards, but in the meantime please enjoy these gems as chosen by Bob Mankoff, the The New Yorkers cartoon editor.
























Don't go away. There's more.

More of Bobs favourite cartoons here

A TED Talk: Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon

And from TedEd: Inside a cartoonist’s world - Liza Donnelly









Saturday, 4 January 2014

Stamps - 60 years of children’s TV

Some of the most popular shows from over 60 years of children’s television are celebrated with 12 much-loved characters featured on a new set of Special Stamps

Characters in the issue are Andy Pandy, Ivor the Engine, Dougal - from The Magic Roundabout, Windy Miller - from Camberwick Green, Mr Benn, Great Uncle Bulgaria - from The Wombles, Bagpuss, Paddington Bear, Postman Pat, Bob the Builder, Peppa Pig and Shaun the Sheep

Each decade since the 1950s is represented in this stamp issue

2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Bagpuss appearing on television

Stamps are designed so each character ‘breaks out’ of the border


 

ANDY PANDY


“Andy Pandy’s coming to play, la-la-la-la-la-la!” Devised by Freda Lingstrom and Maria Bird, Andy Pandy was first screened live in summer 1950 during the BBC’s For the Very Young slot. Subsequent episodes were filmed to enable repeat broadcasts and became central to the Watch with Mother segment from 1953.
Narrator Vera McKechnie addressed string puppets Andy Pandy, Teddy and Looby Loo directly, and encouraged young viewers to sing and dance along with the music and songs. After the original filmed episodes had become too damaged to be broadcast, in 1970 13 brand-new colour programmes were recorded.

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IVOR THE ENGINE

Developed for ITV by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, Ivor the Engine told the story of small steam train working on a remote line in the “top left-hand corner of Wales”. Narrated by Postgate, in his best Under Milk Wood voice, the show used charmingly rudimentary techniques to animate illustrations of Ivor and driver Jones the Steam. While Ivor would perambulate along the rails making a pleasing “pssh-te-cuff” sound, Vernon Elliott, a classical bassoonist, provided the accompanying music.
A total of 32 episodes were made between 1959 and 1964, and a further 40 were commissioned in colour by the BBC in 1975.


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THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT

In the early 1960s, French animator Serge Danot created an innovative stop-motion series, Le Manège Enchanté. British animator Ivor Wood joined Danot to work on the original episodes. Set in a magical park, it featured a dog named Pollux and his friends. Pollus was Wood’s invention, First broadcast in 1964, the unique programme soon caught the attention of TV executives in the UK.

BBC Head of Children’s Programming Doreen Stephens was charmed by the feel of the series, but felt the script needed changes. Eric Thompson, who was brought in to redub it, wrote and narrated entirely new stories around the visual elements. The Magic Roundabout debuted on British TV in 1965, with Pollux renamed Dougal, and was an immediate hit.


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CAMBERWICK GREEN

Created by Gordon Murray, Camberwick Green featured stories about the folk of a picturesque rural village in the county of Trumptonshire. Thirteen 15-minute episodes were filmed in colour and narrated by the Play School presenter Brian Cant.
First broadcast in 1966, each episode began with a rhyme: “Here is a box, a musical box, wound up and ready to play. But this box can hide a secret inside. Can you guess what is in it today?” The featured character – perhaps Windy Miller, Dr Mopp or Mrs Honeyman – would then be revealed. Accompanying songs were composed by classical guitarist Freddie Phillips.



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MR BENN

It all began in Festing Road, Putney, where author and illustrator David McKee lived. He used the street as the inspiration for Festive Road, the home of Mr Benn. First published in book form in the late 1960s, Mr Benn the TV series followed in 1971.
Each episode saw our hero visit a fancy-dress shop where, “as if by magic”, the shopkeeper would appear. Dressed in his chosen costume, Mr Benn would leave the changing room and end up in an unusual location – a knight’s armour, for example, led to an encounter with a dragon, while a caveman outfit took him to the Stone Age and a spaceman costume took him to outer space.



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THE WOMBLES

Created by Elisabeth Beresford in a series of books starting in 1968, the Wombles are conical-faced creatures that live in a burrow under Wimbledon Common and spend their days collecting and recycling rubbish. They arrived on our screens in a series of 60 short instalments first airing in 1973. Using stop-motion models directed by Ivor Wood and the perky narration of Bernard Cribbins, the show introduced us to, among others, the exotic Madame Cholet and wise old Great Uncle Bulgaria.
‘The Wombling Song’, the show’s catchy theme tune, gave rise to The Wombles pop group, which, with a little vocal help from songwriter Mike Batt, had many hits.




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BAGPUSS
Another unique creation from Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, Bagpuss was a pink, striped, “saggy old cloth cat” who first appeared in 1974.
The series was set in a lost-and-found shop where Bagpuss would come to life on delivery of a discarded, broken item from young girl Emily. He and his friends – including six mice, banjo-playing toad Gabriel, rag doll Madeleine and woodpecker bookend Professor Yaffle – would then weave songs and stories around the object while it was repaired. With the restored item placed in the shop window for its owner to collect, Bagpuss would give a contented yawn and settle back down to sleep.
- See more at: http://www.royalmailgroup.com/much-loved-characters-children%E2%80%99s-televison-celebrated-royal-mail-stamp-issue#sthash.dfQhxlcQ.dpufBAGPUSS


BAGPUSS

Another unique creation from Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, Bagpuss was a pink, striped, “saggy old cloth cat” who first appeared in 1974.
The series was set in a lost-and-found shop where Bagpuss would come to life on delivery of a discarded, broken item from young girl Emily. He and his friends – including six mice, banjo-playing toad Gabriel, rag doll Madeleine and woodpecker bookend Professor Yaffle – would then weave songs and stories around the object while it was repaired. With the restored item placed in the shop window for its owner to collect, Bagpuss would give a contented yawn and settle back down to sleep.



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PADDINGTON BEAR

A Bear Called Paddington, written by Michael Bond, was first published in 1958. In 1975, the TV series directed by Ivor Wood and narrated by Michael Hordern was a mix of Paddington as stop-motion puppet animation and 2D illustration for all the other characters and backgrounds.
In the first episode, Mr and Mrs Brown meet the marmalade-loving bear from Darkest Peru and take him home, naming him after the London railway station where he was found. Paddington is the classic innocent abroad, a kind bear, well-meaning and polite, who is unaware of the obstacles and imminent catastrophes so evident to everyone else – but things always turn out fine for Paddington in the end.

 

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POSTMAN PAT

Postman Pat is the longest running animated series on the BBC and everyone knows the words to the theme tune. In each stop-frame episode, Pat makes his deliveries in the idyllic village of Greendale. Whilst he often gets distracted by the locals including farmer Alf Thompson, handyman Ted Glen, postmistress Mrs Goggins and various sheep, with his trusty sidekick Jess the Black and White Cat, Pat always makes his delivery. Pat encourages sense of community spirit, bringing out the good neighbour in all of us. You can always count on Postman Pat!
Ivor Wood collaborated with writer John Cunliffe to bring his Postman Pat stories to our screens in 1981. Originally narrated by Ken Barrie, Lewis MacLeod more recently took over as the voice of Pat. Pat’s famous red postal van was joined by a fleet of new vehicles in 2008 when his route was extended to include the bustling town of Pencaster.

 

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BOB THE BUILDER

Can he fix it? Yes, he can! Making his debut in 1998, Bob the Builder was the brainchild of former Muppets designer Keith Chapman. As the world’s favourite builder, Bob’s ability to take on any project promotes a can-do attitude of positivity and the benefits of working together, as sung in his chart-topping theme tune. Bob is ably assisted by his ‘Can-Do Crew’ of Scoop, Muck, Dizzy, Roley and Lofty, as well as his business partner Wendy.

 


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PEPPA PIG

Peppa is a lovable, cheeky little piggy who lives with her little brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa’s favourite things include playing games, dressing up, days out and, most of all, jumping in muddy puddles. After Lily Snowden-Fine and Cecily Bloom, Harley Bird was the third person to provide Peppa’s vocals, and in 2011 she won Best Performer at the BAFTA Children’s Awards. The show sees its 10-year anniversary in 2014 and Peppa will be wearing her golden boots to celebrate.

 

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SHAUN THE SHEEP

First appearing in Nick Park’s Oscar-winning 1995 Wallace and Gromit film A Close Shave, Shaun the Sheep graduated to his own TV series in 2007. Shaun is a sheep who doesn’t follow the flock – in fact, he leads them into all sorts of scrapes and scraps, turning peace at Mossybottom Farm into mayhem in the meadow. Shaun and his pals run rings around their poor sheepdog Bitzer, as he does his best to stop the Farmer from finding out what’s going on behind his back. A Shaun the Sheep movie is currently in production.

 




The stamps are available from 7th January online and from 10,000 Post Offices throughout the UK




THE WOMBLES
Created by Elisabeth Beresford in a series of books starting in 1968, the Wombles are conical-faced creatures that live in a burrow under Wimbledon Common and spend their days collecting and recycling rubbish. They arrived on our screens in a series of 60 short instalments first airing in 1973. Using stop-motion models directed by Ivor Wood and the perky narration of Bernard Cribbins, the show introduced us to, among others, the exotic Madame Cholet and wise old Great Uncle Bulgaria.
‘The Wombling Song’, the show’s catchy theme tune, gave rise to The Wombles pop group, which, with a little vocal help from songwriter Mike Batt, had many hits.
- See more at: http://www.royalmailgroup.com/much-loved-characters-children%E2%80%99s-televison-celebrated-royal-mail-stamp-issue#sthash.dfQhxlcQ.dpuf
THE WOMBLES
Created by Elisabeth Beresford in a series of books starting in 1968, the Wombles are conical-faced creatures that live in a burrow under Wimbledon Common and spend their days collecting and recycling rubbish. They arrived on our screens in a series of 60 short instalments first airing in 1973. Using stop-motion models directed by Ivor Wood and the perky narration of Bernard Cribbins, the show introduced us to, among others, the exotic Madame Cholet and wise old Great Uncle Bulgaria.
‘The Wombling Song’, the show’s catchy theme tune, gave rise to The Wombles pop group, which, with a little vocal help from songwriter Mike Batt, had many hits.
- See more at: http://www.royalmailgroup.com/much-loved-characters-children%E2%80%99s-televison-celebrated-royal-mail-stamp-issue#sthash.dfQhxlcQ.dpuf
ANDY PANDY
“Andy Pandy’s coming to play, la-la-la-la-la-la!” Devised by Freda Lingstrom and Maria Bird, Andy Pandy was first screened live in summer 1950 during the BBC’s For the Very Young slot. Subsequent episodes were filmed to enable repeat broadcasts and became central to the Watch with Mother segment from 1953.
Narrator Vera McKechnie addressed string puppets Andy Pandy, Teddy and Looby Loo directly, and encouraged young viewers to sing and dance along with the music and songs. After the original filmed episodes had become too damaged to be broadcast, in 1970 13 brand-new colour programmes were recorded.
- See more at: http://www.royalmailgroup.com/much-loved-characters-children%E2%80%99s-televison-celebrated-royal-mail-stamp-issue#sthash.dfQhxlcQ.dpuf
ANDY PANDY
“Andy Pandy’s coming to play, la-la-la-la-la-la!” Devised by Freda Lingstrom and Maria Bird, Andy Pandy was first screened live in summer 1950 during the BBC’s For the Very Young slot. Subsequent episodes were filmed to enable repeat broadcasts and became central to the Watch with Mother segment from 1953.
Narrator Vera McKechnie addressed string puppets Andy Pandy, Teddy and Looby Loo directly, and encouraged young viewers to sing and dance along with the music and songs. After the original filmed episodes had become too damaged to be broadcast, in 1970 13 brand-new colour programmes were recorded.
- See more at: http://www.royalmailgroup.com/much-loved-characters-children%E2%80%99s-televison-celebrated-royal-mail-stamp-issue#sthash.dfQhxlcQ.dpuf
ANDY PANDY
“Andy Pandy’s coming to play, la-la-la-la-la-la!” Devised by Freda Lingstrom and Maria Bird, Andy Pandy was first screened live in summer 1950 during the BBC’s For the Very Young slot. Subsequent episodes were filmed to enable repeat broadcasts and became central to the Watch with Mother segment from 1953.
Narrator Vera McKechnie addressed string puppets Andy Pandy, Teddy and Looby Loo directly, and encouraged young viewers to sing and dance along with the music and songs. After the original filmed episodes had become too damaged to be broadcast, in 1970 13 brand-new colour programmes were recorded.
- See more at: http://www.royalmailgroup.com/much-loved-characters-children%E2%80%99s-televison-celebrated-royal-mail-stamp-issue#sthash.dfQhxlcQ.dpuf

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Postie Hero - R. Ramachandra Rao

Postie hero R. Ramachandra Rao, we salute you!
"In an ample demonstration of the fact that love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries, Mr. Rao has been making all out efforts to reach out to the poor and the needy in his small way.














postman Ramachandra Rao (in blue coat) at Gandhinagar post office in Vijayawada


"After office hours, Mr. Rao made good use of his free time on Friday evening by going around the areas of Old Government General Hospital, Old Bus Stand, Railway Station, Eluru Locks and cinema halls and pavements that attract a large number of the homeless.

“Of the 80 needy women identified, at least 15 of them were pregnant,” he said adding that he gave them coupons and asked them to gather at the post office the next morning.
 "On Saturday morning, people in the vicinity of the Gandhinagar Post Office witnessed distribution of bed sheets, bread and fruits to street urchins and the homeless by officials of the Department of Posts.

"Contrary to the perception that such programmes are sponsored by a government department or an NGO, this distribution was sponsored by the postman of the Gandhinagar Post Office R. Ramachandra Rao.
Continues at The Hindu


Saturday, 28 December 2013

74 year old Postman Gran

 Anna Petukhova, we salute you!

"Anna Petukhov is probably the most unusual postman in the Kaluga region. She alone serves 11 villages – its plot extends for tens of kilometers. Parcels, letters, pensions, receipts and even products 73-year-old employee of the post office “Torbeevo” Maloyaroslavetsky district brings on his small jeep. For most customers, it is the only link with the outside world. ”We are also enters winter, spring and autumn mud – autobench ambulance and do not pass, the authorities do not drive. Only one I can get.”















"Anna became a postman in 1995, came as retired. ”Oh, how I tried to persuade as requested. Consent. Yes, I myself can not idle, I’ll former milkmaid. If I do not work, then go crazy, get to Bushmanovku.” (Psychiatric Regional Hospital in the town of Kaluga region Bushmanovka.) Please mail allocated pensioner bike but ride it was only possible in the summer, while the roads are dry, and stole it quickly. Then Petukhov own money bought a scooter – “ditched his grandson.” And two years ago the Moscow-law bought her ATV, 190 thousand rubles laid out as a pretty penny. ”He brought it as I waved her hands at once: no, I will not ride on such a dear, still smash. And in general, people laughed at me – that old uchudili, say. But then, what to do, began to learn to ride. Padala, jumped on potholes. From bruises did not come! And now I am the master, where it is necessary to give Gazkom where necessary – quieter meal. On such a machine never stuck it like a dog – jumping, jumping out of any hole. Though the case, and I stuck. Ushuruhalas, wheels can not see. But then a second as included, jumped out, pulled on the field, covered in mud. Came to the nearest village, screaming, “Nadia, come out, to wash me!"














 "A human ridicule Anna feared nothing. Very shy at first, cursed children: “At least you bought a quad bike black and then the red for three kilometers to see, ashamed,” wore sunglasses to on the road do not know. But then when I realized how her customers are happy to see, even on a bike, though a red jalopy, calmed down. After all, for some of her visits – a matter of life. ”Here I Kiryukhina village – there is one Grandma Olga Egorovna, lives at home with stool goes, based on her. Products She brings summer cottager, neighbor. A winter? If I do not come, then it has no pension, no bread will not. “ - And who of us doplyuhaetsya the regional center for the pension? - The conversation comes pensioner Maria Vasilyeva. She stopped at the house postwoman to treat her cat dry food Barsika. Village not only to Anna Alexandrovna with all reverence for Barsika universal respect also applies. – Or take a receipt for the light. Annie brings them to us, and how to pay? Well it is again necessary to go somewhere. So we give her money, she goes for paying our light. It is not required, but where to go? We very much regret it. Know how much she pay extra for delivery receipts?18 rubles! That’s so important for people who help the elderly. Whoever came up with this abuse, I used it all the face broke his stick.
“On the petrol does not give”This Anufrievna Maria came up with a couple of months ago to write a letter to the governor – to mark the selfless work of the village postman Petukhova. The letter was signed six retirees from the village Slyadneva. As a result, Anna Alexandrovna awarded.Presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation from the governor for his long and dedicated work, double blanket sheep and seven pieces of roses. ”At the petrol was not given! – Lamenting owner certificates. – And I only need a week to 20 liters. Neither form breech I do not have any bags to put down the newspaper. Vaughn gave backpack grandson-in-law gave a quad bike and a mini-sink for him Russian family friend help “.














"In backpack fuchsia Anna adds newspapers – “Lechebnik”, “News”, registered letters, receipts. Outputs from the garage ATV: “Before, in my youth, I was a horse, but this is much more convenient transportation. Feed is not necessary, less fuss. Summer I have it all without goryushko and freezes in the winter, it is necessary to pull zavodilovku – well, that’s his shoelace on the belly, dergalka. I already know when you want to pump up the wheel when the seat should Sima and wiring to connect to it to charge. And after work, I always wash it in the garage so dirty set – never, God forbid. care for him, as the child. “ Safety Anna also observes.Most importantly – do not stop along the way, no matter what happens. ”Often, people ran out into the road, hands rastopyrivat:” Stop! Annie, Carpool “I do not brake, even his own, though a stranger. With me money.” Most biker postman afraid robbery.Therefore, when it receives a pension, trying everything at once and razvezti no more to worry: “Then take me, and there will be nothing.” Before work Anna does not have breakfast, so as not seasick. Hungry leaves from the yard – and forward to the evening “ride through the mud.” On particularly dangerous sections of it like a cowboy, stands up in the saddle, and another at the entrance to the village of zooms – food, they say, dear, welcome. On the deserted streets signal is heard and who can perfectly – comes out.Rimma Sidorova, albeit with difficulty walking on ailing legs, but still she gets to the road – take a newspaper, talk, ask what’s new on the “mainland.” There is no electricity in the morning, the TV does not work, bored. ”Write to our postman gave medal war veteran – says Rima G.. – Then it will be an increase in pay.” Anna looks away in embarrassment: “Oh, come on, what are you.” Then clearly declares: “By law, – 460 rubles. Firewood and free.” Generally, Anna Petukhov proud of his work. And for those who forget about the importance of her work, is not shy to remind you: “Here is gone – howl.” But no one is offended. Cover-then nothing. So it is. Howl.Previously, on a site that caters to Anna, worked four postman. Now she was alone. And the post office “Torbeevo” small staff: Petukhov and her boss. ”If I resign, then close the mail. And I resign only if finally get old or if the ATV will not walk I can not walk. Everybody knows. So wish me health, and he, ATVs – to no damage.”














 “Kaka such love?”
- Previously we had large villages. In Slyadneva was 140 houses, there were dancing, the club was, and now 20 permanent residents will not be typed. So I have yet, of course, not so much. In Mitinke one pensioner in Lopatin – five in Mokrische – two in Lower Hills – three. One grandmother left in Russia, no grandfathers. ”Women tenacious – explains it odnofamilitsa Hope Petukhov, to which Anna went right into the house. – Although all unfortunates.” Postwoman agree – no happy women in Russia: “There is nothing good I’d ever seen. Starving after the war, lived-experienced anyhow. She got married – sorry for him, he took pity on me, okay? But the man turned out to be unlucky, cruel. Died okay. second husband drank all of the house passed. I gave him money to go to his mother went to Siberia, and he got to Moscow, all there to walk around and go back. itself with it came a train ticket bought, planted – and all cross. Solo raised three children, two girls and now live. Here they all right, so I’m glad. “ About love women refuse to talk. ”Kaka such love? – Hope Nikitichna sighs, too, by the way, the former postwoman. – We seen her? Affection We have not heard, all matrix peremat. It’s in your cities there … Well asked! It remains something of two meters to the cemetery. ”














 "Thinking women, however, report that now, perhaps, the best time of their lives. Children Attached, husbands and in-laws at the churchyard, and they are their own mistresses in their deserted villages. ”Good live alone – explains Anna Petukhov. – Nobody commands, one should not be afraid. Vehicles, its bathhouse, vegetable and potatoes. Nobody now not hungry. I have a pension 7000 but almost the same salary. What’s wrong? Tea with Never sand, cutlets do what they like! There are problems, but all – thank God. I was even afraid of fire because there is nobody to take my place … Oh, close the door, he immediately fired oven!. “ In the hut hot carpet in the house, the portraits on the walls and old children’s toys in the closet. Two friends-postwoman sit on the bed and laughing as a young man. All of them nicely: yes pension, cats, newspapers with a television program. They neither of whom are now independent and finally understood what freedom is. Want to – sit on a red quad bike and will be borne by all Russian pits, ditches on, over the abyss fly wherever he wants. Still medal Alexandrovna – and generally fine."



























Source: Zarsas by Imroz Alam