The heading of this blog should now say ‘no longer in Fürth’, unfortunately. But I will get round to that one day, I hope.
1. In the UK you can order postage stamps online from various places, but only Royal Mail can send you 88p stamps – the standard for the EU. Another service refers to these stamps as ‘weird and wonderful’ denominations.
In Upminster, you can definitely buy one 78p plus two 5p. This is in the main (sub-) post office.
2. It costs only about 25 euros to have post sent on by Deutsche Post for a year, but Deutsche Post does not recognize postcodes that are longer than 5 digits. Thus the first half of the UK postcode is isolated and identified by them as ‘Länderkürzel’. The county appears straight after my name, the house number after the street. This would all be OK if only the postcode were there. However, after a phone call they have ‘fudged it’ by putting the postcode after the town name – which of course is where it should be anyway.
No wonder the service is so cheap – it is self-annihilating.