Philobiblon: I don't know how posties keep their fingers

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I don't know how posties keep their fingers

Spent a couple of hours leafletting for the Greens this afternoon and learnt several things:

* Many people must never come home drunk, because if they did their front steps would surely kill them.

* A row of houses with raised ground floors - eight or ten steps up - don't look like that big a deal, until you start climbing them one by one.

* Many people have astonishingly small letterboxes, and flaps with bulldog-strength springs, so it is a miracle posties don't lose their fingers in them.

* I did see a real example of a flat from hell - an astonishingly filthy kitchen - no window glass at all (all of the other windows in the flat were boarded up). I did put a leaflet through the door, but have to admit to fleeing when someone approached it...

What was this all for? A talk by Paul Ingram, a defence analyst, former Green Party councillor and co-leader of Oxford City Council, speaking on "The Need for Green Politics Today" on Sunday, 29 January 4.30-5.30pm at Holly Lodge Community Centre, 30 Makepeace Avenue N6 6HL. Just in case you happen to be in the area ...

6 Comments:

Blogger Elayne said...

Postman Nat, Postman Nat, Postman Nat and her little green... flyers...

1/26/2006 08:47:00 pm  
Blogger Kate said...

Did you encounter any of those small dogs that hurl themselves at the inside of the door in a surprisingly scary fashion?

1/26/2006 10:11:00 pm  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

No, although I did see the smallest (couldn't have been more than 6 inches at the shoulder), and fattest, little terrier I've ever seen. The owner was letting it out for a wee, so of course I didn't say that ....

1/26/2006 10:38:00 pm  
Blogger Penny L. Richards said...

So I'm thinking there aren't a lot of canvassers using wheelchairs in your neighborhood....

1/26/2006 11:07:00 pm  
Anonymous barb said...

You fled because the kitchen was dirty? How did you know? Because the window had no glass? They're obviously oppressed by the [economic] violence inherentin the system, then. They should definitely have a flyer! Go back! Go back!! lol

1/27/2006 03:48:00 am  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

I did leave a leaflet, but I just didn't fancy a conversation. It was one of those places that make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.

And no Penny, unfortunately most of London is extraordinarily wheelchair- unfriendly (the Victorians did like their steps - an easy way of constructing hierarchies I suppose), although the authorities are making efforts in terms of public facilities - particularly bus transport.

1/27/2006 09:38:00 am  

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