One gloomy parlour game is to take a bet on what much loved service will no longer exist in ten or twenty years. We might have rightly predicted the demise of the telegram a few decades ago; or the second postal delivery; or even (to bring it more up to date) the local video rental shop. To be honest even the first postal delivery isn't what it was (at least once a week we get someone else's mail... so where is ours going?)
One common answer to the "on the way out" question would now finger the more or less daily milk delivery (ours isn't quite daily, but near enough). How many other countries in the world (and yes I'm expecting an answer here, please) put a bottle on you doorstep most days a week?
This is where I move to PR mode.
We used to get a delivery from Dairy Crest (now rebranded as Milk n More). For some reason I cannot recall we moved to a local independent, Plumb's Dairy. And we now have a new milkperson by the name of Alison.
The truth is that we have never actually met Alison (as I suspect she zooms by at around 5.00 am). But she leaves regular notes, as well as order form for logs, kindling etc etc. And we feel we know her quite well already.
Her last note said she was hoiping to be nominated for the milkman of the year award. So if any of you guys around Cambridge also have Alison please vote for her.
I used to think I had bonded with my postie. But now I havent got the foggiest clue who he or she is; and she or he seems to have quite a problem getting the right mail in the right box. But I have bonded with the invisible Alison, who leaves nice notes.. and delivers the milk to the right doorstep; and has a good line in kindlimg and logs.
Long may she last.