When I showed an advert of my local Post Office in my post, Does your post office open everyday?, last week, I didn’t expect the post to be ‘a hit’.
Somehow, one reader — just one, Ruby, asked me some difficult questions, such as: “Is it a Queen Victoria post box?” Good grief! How would I have known?
I made a special trip to Hursley post office and wrote a new post, Visit England’s village post office in Hursley. Ruby (sex unknown, I’ll refer Ruby as a ‘she’) now confirmed that the Hursley post box is a GR post box. She wrote:
“Ah, I see that it is a GR post box – that’s George V. George VI postboxes have “VI” between the “G” and “R”. The letters (when cast into the metal) are italicised, whereas George V are straighter.”……
Ruby sent me an email with 4 attachments of British post boxes, of different eras. One normal looking Edward VII is green – but why is it green? Ruby throws this question to you.
She also shared this interesting picture:
She wrote: “Once upon a time (well, not that long ago – I can remember them) the AA and RAC also used to provide phone boxes. Members had a key (the same key fitted AA and RAC boxes) and I think inside was a standard pay phone, a first aid kit – and maybe the phone number of the nearest AA depot.”
My interaction with Ruby brings me to think about the blogger-reader relationship. For example, I’ve known Ruby as a mathematician, who’s passionate about church bell ringing and saving life as a first-aider, and she can also work out world’s economics in a shower, but I’ve never realised she’s so geeky about post boxes too. What a revelation!
The web is full of wonderfully interesting geeky people, who’re unique, focused and enthusiastic. Being a geek used to carry a negative connotation. Being a geek implies that you are rather sad and pathetic and you’re socially inadequate. You may also become a mass murderer like Adam Lanza in Sandy Hook.
However, I’ve found many interesting geeks online. I’m one of them. My friends tease me as an origami geek. I received harmless comments like “Why don’t you just get a life?”
“I tat. My 95 year old grandmother-in-law taught me almost 20 years ago. Tatting is 17th century lace making based upon island and coastal women looking for something to do besides fixing fishing nets for the men of the village. ” By Lorelle, quote from The Search for like minds
Before reading her post, I knew nothing about tatting. Now I’m fascinated by it, though my fingers will be all over the place if I try tatting.
Similarly, I also learnt about keeping free-range chickens from the owner of neverimitate. I learnt about pure joy and origami tips from Leyla Torres. I like the passion of Sharechair, who writes “Everyday technology for everyday folks”, from iPad, iPhones to Kindle. slpmartin, the poet, shares his passion of poetry beautifully in words and sounds in his blog, Read Between the Minds. These bloggers are inspiring. Their joy is addictive.
Blogging about your favourite hobby is fun. It engages people. Let people know you a bit better today. Share your geeky side. Share your hobby – popular one, naughty one, odd one or an embarrassing one. It’s time to ‘come out’.
Blog Exercises: Blog Your Hobby (by Lorelle VanFossen)
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