Christmas Comes Early.

At the end of last week I received my first Christmas present. It was sent by my wife’s sister and her husband who say our Post Office will be working a four day week at that time and will be under considerable strain. It reminded me of friends in the United States who don’t know if they’ll even have a Post Office at that time. I’m afraid I don’t understand the wanton destruction of the very fabric of society by the current regime unless it’s to privatise the Postal Services for personal profit.

It strikes me that there are more and more repressive regimes in the World at a time when the world should be more free with so much cooperation between the various states. Are free and fair elections to be a thing of the past as more dictators spring into being?

This week brings news of a different sort. The Boroughs of Conwy, Denbighshire and my own Flintshire are under lockdown again which comprises a goodly chunk of North Wales. I shouldn’t use the word Draconian where health issues are concerned but this seems to be worse than last time. Up to £1000 fine for unnecessary travel which means my brother is unable to visit at the weekends. Apart from the aspect of company for us both it means he can’t take me shopping for the bulk of my food and to a lesser extent we can’t enjoy the pleasure of having lunch out. It also means that despite my beautiful daughter (and son in law) living about 15 miles away over the border in England will not be able to travel to see me and therefore will also be unable to do my shopping for me as they so often (kindly) do. Yes, people will point out that I can have certain of the big shopping stores make home deliveries but events in the past indicate that I may not be sure of the end dates of goods brought and how mid boggling some substitutes can be. After recent health scares I have to be very careful with diet.

Anyway, I have now made a start on my Christmas shopping in case our Post Office can’t cope with the pressure at that time. My relatives near and far can now expect parcels well in advance of the time so they have presents to open on Christmas morning and Santa can do a smaller route and dodge the swingeing fines for unnecessary travel if he gets caught crossing our borders. I can only hope that this killer virus is in retreat by then and the world has a vaccine made freely available by all our Governments. You can’t decide who lives and dies according to how much money they have.

I wish Joy of the season to one and all.


About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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6 Responses to Christmas Comes Early.

  1. jilldennison says:

    I’ve heard of Christmas in July, but never before in September!

    The destruction of the USPS is an attempt on the part of the current ‘person’ in the White House to add even more chaos to an already chaotic election, and to disenfranchise voters, particularly voters who have the good sense to vote by mail rather than expose themselves and their families to a killer virus by standing in line for hours at the polls.

    I am devastated to hear about your additional lockdown and, while I understand trying to slow the spread of the virus and protect people, especially people like yourself who are especially vulnerable, I cannot fathom how they would not at least allow your daughter to do your shopping and bring your groceries! That is taking the lockdown one step too far, and I hope whoever came up with that brilliant idea chokes on a turnip!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I hope this lockdown won’t last six months as the last one did. Sigh.

    I can’t imagine it will be a very “merry” or “joyous” holiday for any this year, given the pandemic and the state of the world, but Feliz Navidad anyway. Sigh.

    Cwtch Mawr

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m just writing the last verse to Christmas in September. The record should be in the shops about February. I understand the reasons for the destruction of USPS and I’m disgusted by the level of revenge Trump has taken for a refusal to go against policy with Amazon and Jeff Bezos. The USPS is a National Institution and should be treated as such for all the people as well as for the smooth running of Government. During this time people should be allowed to vote by mail rather than risk the violence of Trumpites waiting at the polls too.
      The new lockdown must be borne in order to stem the run of the virus if possible. I’ll try to bear it with a laugh, ha I never thought of myself as vulnerable until fairly recently. It would be great if an allowance could be made for Yvonne to deliver my shopping but to be fair she already does enough on my behalf and should recover her life. I also hope it won’t be a 6 month lockdown so Mike can visit again.
      Any holiday is what we can make of it and if I get lonely or depressed there’s always the bird to give the bird to.

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      • jilldennison says:

        Awesome news about the recording! So tell me, will you be the one singing?

        I know you understand … we’ve discussed it before. Like you, I am appalled, but these past couple of weeks, there have been a few court rulings to stop the shenanigans of Trump & Postmaster DeJoy, and I have seen an improvement in our mail delivery. It’s not enough, of course, but it’s good to see the Courts ruling for our right and our National Institution.

        Yes, please do keep bearing it with a laugh, and let’s hope it’s for only a matter of weeks this time instead of months. Silly man … you ARE a large part of Yvonne’s life and I’m betting she will find a way to bring your groceries, if she has to borrow my broomstick and fly them over!


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      • davidprosser says:

        Hmmm, I don’t think anyone could call it singing.

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  2. inavukic says:

    Times much like a modern version of “The Lion i Winter”!? How much can the people take is becoming an ever more frequently question buzzing in many minds. It is becoming intolerable! At least you can send parcels David, for me from Australia to send it’s a no go deal as Aust Post has shut the door to several countries where my family and friends are: no post out, no post in! Absolute dictatorship right there. Be well and I hope the shopping gets done one way or another ❤

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    • davidprosser says:

      Sometimes looking at ‘The People’ I wonder why they’re so willing to keep taking. There has to be a limit before they break. Yes, so far I can still send parcels but I suppose it’s possible that we may place restrictions on some places too. The Post Office is a state institution and easy to manipulate. My shopping is gathering pace via the internet as lockdown means I can’t get out to any decent shopping destinations.
      Be well, be Happy.
      Massive Hugs


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