Anyway, this means I was away on Good Friday when the postman tried to deliver a parcel. He very kindly dropped a card through the letterbox telling me this and this afternoon I finally got down to the sorting office to pick it up. It turned out to be a Bluetooth wireless keyboard and mouse from those nice people at Microsoft.
However, I was very disturbed to see that the package had been posted on March 2 2005. There is nothing to indicate which post office it was sent from but I'm assuming it was from Dublin. That's 23 days it took to get from one part of Dublin to another. Well, OK, let's be fair. Let's take out the weekends and St Patrick's Day Holiday. That still leaves 16 working days. And it wasn't cheap. The postage paid was €9.50
Now, I know what you're thinking. Maybe the person sending it didn't stick on enough stamps. Well, there's nothing written on the parcel to indicate there was insufficient postage. And in fact there were no stamps either. Instead, there was an An Post coupon. The kind you get when you hand your parcel to the Post Office clerk to weigh and they then print out the coupon with the correct postage on it.
Time for some privatisation, methinks.