# Friday, 29 June 2007

Due to a national postal strike there are currently no deliveries or collections within the UK. All mail received by PC2Paper during this time will be processed as normal but will be delayed during this period. Normal service will resume on Monday 2nd July, although delivery delays are still likely whilst Royal Mail work to clear the backlog. Mail to the USA, Canada and Europe remains will be delivered as normal.

posted on Friday, 29 June 2007 10:26:57 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Please note that because of severe flooding in the above mentioned areas there will be possible delays in mail delivery.

posted on Tuesday, 26 June 2007 18:50:54 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 23 June 2007

blogoftheweek This weeks PC2Paper Travel Blog Of the week is Food and City and was referred to us by one of our users. As soon as I entered this site I immediately liked it, Food and City is about food and unique experiences the first article I saw on the blog was precisely that!

The article Real Men Eat Tartar Steak was a concept I had a hard time getting used to. For those not in the know, Tartar Stake is effectively raw steak and if that wasn't enough for you it's topped with a raw egg! The article goes on to explain the fascinating history behind this dish and where it originated from and how honored the author was to be served this delicacy. There are also some tips if you are looking forward to trying it yourself, such as only going for the best quality meat to avoid bacteria.

This blog is sure to provide years of interesting culinary experiences from around the world, leaving you eagerly awaiting what other unusual experiences will be blogged about next.

posted on Saturday, 23 June 2007 22:12:21 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 21 June 2007

The postal union confirmed today that a national strike will take place on the Friday 29th June. The strike will last 24 hours and will be the first national strike since 1996. During the strike all mail will be processed by PC2Paper and posted within our usual guidelines. However, customer should expect delivery delays during this period.

posted on Thursday, 21 June 2007 17:08:10 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 20 June 2007

You might think that a pool is clean because you can smell the chlorine, but this can actually be a sign that its simply reacting with the bacteria in the water. A study on holiday swimming pools has shown that some are no cleaner than a toilet with one in four being identified as a health hazard. Pools often contain sweat, urine, mucas, saliva, dead skin and faecal matter and failure to clean them properly can cause stomach upsets and ear and eye infections. However, children or the elderly these mild infections can be more serious. You just might want to think twice before jumping into that pool.

posted on Wednesday, 20 June 2007 13:30:41 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 16 June 2007

blogoftheweek This weeks travel blog of the week is Nomad4Ever. There are certain sites out there that immediately give you the impression that they've been around for a while and are a constant source of good reading to many readers. Nomad4Ever is one of these sites. Its author, who quit his job as Director of a company decided to follow a nomadic life style backpacking in Asia. His moto "Life is what you make of it!" and "What are you waiting for?" sums it up nicely.

One of his blog entries I found interesting was Is a Nomadic Lifestyle for you?  It goes over all the luxury and digital assets you would usually have to give up when taking on this life style. Funny enough one of the things even nomads can't seem to do without is the good old trusty laptop. Mine's battered and covered in stickers from my past travels, I use it usually to reply and compose emails to friends and family and then send them when I am next able to get a WiFi connection or use GPRS.

This article made me reminisce on how when you're out and about back packing you don't really worry about fashion and gadgets, its all about taking what you need, trying to travel light and having a good time enjoying life's natural beauty.

posted on Saturday, 16 June 2007 17:46:07 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 15 June 2007

Mail to the US has been delayed by a day due to heavy storms in the area. Normal service has now been restored.

posted on Friday, 15 June 2007 10:25:19 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Whitehaven Maritime Festival is on this weekend. Several historic tall ships will be there including the Grand Turk, The Zebu and The Matthew of Bristol. The festival lasts for three days starting today and entry is free. There are also air displays featuring the red arrows as well as a display deaturing a Spitfire and a Hurrican as well as many other attractions. There are more details on whats on here.

posted on Friday, 15 June 2007 10:23:45 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 10 June 2007
blogoftheweek_thumb.gifI know there are a lot of travel sites out there, but the sites I find the most value are other peoples travel blogs. This weeks recommended travel blog is Nathan Richards ubertramp.com his site has a wealth of interesting articles about his travel experiences.

One of the articles on his site I found of particular interest was Avoiding the Shower Menace: Tips For Travelers not Inmates, the article talks about a particular travel menace I am only too familiar with ELECTRICS! Yes out of all the dangers in the travel books this one is not given the attention it deserves, too many times have I stopped at some out of the way hostel or local low cost hotel and almost suffered serious injury from the rather dodgy wiring on the so called power shower! Nathan offers some good advice here, I in particular don't go near any electrical's that don't look safe and try to avoid places like this. In my earlier years back packing I didn't have that option and many of us sometimes don't when we find ourselves in a new city in the middle of the night.

Many of our readers (primarily the backpackers among you) may have heard of Nathan before in travel magazines such as BudgetTravelOnline, Travelmag and BackPackers.com.

posted on Sunday, 10 June 2007 11:39:16 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 09 June 2007

There is an interesting article on the Times website showing how the cost of holidays abroad from the UK could go up because British Airways is increasing its fuel surcharge.

posted on Saturday, 09 June 2007 12:13:49 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 06 June 2007

Mail will be delayed in the Luton area due to a 24-hour strike which started this morning. Around 150,000 letters a day are handled by the Luton office.

posted on Wednesday, 06 June 2007 12:39:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 03 June 2007

If you are planning a trip to Ireland and like me find it hard to survive with no internet access you might want to visit Carlow. A project run by the council in partnership with E-net has introduced 24 hour wireless access to all of its main streets making it one of the first towns in the EU to offer open air web access.

posted on Sunday, 03 June 2007 11:41:55 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback