The vagaries of the Royal Mail have struck me down twice, this month.
On the 2nd of April, having filled in the 11-page form and enclosing my cheque for 20 quid, I posted off my application to have my Amateur Radio license renewed. I was told it would take about 5 working days for it to arrive.
On the 3rd of April, I logged on to the Royal Mail website and ordered a presentation pack of the Dr Who 50th Anniversary stamps (because I’m a bit nerdy). I paid for them online and was told it would take 5 working days for them to arrive.
So, yesterday, when there was still no sign of any license amongst the bills and junk that Postman Mick merrily stuffed through the letterbox, I phoned OFCOM. “Oh, we posted that last week”, said the girl on the other end of the phone, “On the 8th of April. It must have got lost in the post. Tell you what, I’ll email it to you”.
Sure enough, 2 minutes later, a pdf dropped into my Inbox, stating that I was now legally allowed to wrought havoc on the airwaves.
Today, with no sign of any stamps amongst the brown envelopes and pizza delivery leaflets lying on the doormat, I phoned Royal Mail to find out what was happening. The very friendly Scottish chap on the phone took my details and then said “Och, we seem to have made a bit of a boo-boo, laddie. Sorry ’bout that. You’ll have had your tea, of course?”
It seems that whilst they had my order on the system, no-one had actually bothered to deal with it. But, he has dealt with it now and apparently I will have them in 5 working days.
It’s a pity he can’t email them.
And also: cheques! Who still uses them, nowadays? It took me a while to find my chequebook – in order to pay for my radio license – as I use it so little nowadays.
My current chequebook has just four cheques torn out of it and the stubs detail the following:
No. 126 – Parking Fine in Stevenage – £30.00 – Oct 2007
No. 127 – Amelia’s Passport Renewal – £46.00 – Jan 2008
No. 128 – Cine to DVD Services – £150.00 – Oct 2009
No. 129 – OFCOM Radio License – £20.00 – Apr 2013
That’s how little I use it.
Chequebooks: not quite keeping up with the times… a bit like Royal Mail.