The Holidays are a busy time for everybody; including The Traveling Hen. For this, I blame Daniel Kalder and his e book ‘Misplaced Cosmonaut’ ( reviewed by DT right here ). Having learn it a few years in the past, long before I had ever set foot in the Former Soviet Union, his description of the Kalymk capital conjured up pictures of an absurd wasteland on the unhappy periphery of Europe, trembling beneath the megalomania of a chess-loving, enemy-assassinating dictator whereas slowly disintegrating into the mud of the endless steppe surrounding it. I enjoyed the guide and its description of Kalymkia, and was intrigued by thought of a Buddhist enclave within Europe which was obsessed with chess and had nothing of any consequence to offer the world. Although then an armchair desolationist as yet uninitiated to the joys of travel in the fringes of the Soviet empire, the e book sparked my imagination and by no means faded from my reminiscence.
Way back, before electronic mail proliferated, the Publish Workplace launched postcode areas across the country. Uxbridge had UB, Croydon had CR, and Ilford had IG (as a result of among the names had been a bit weird). On this new collection for the new year I’ll be visiting all 242 London postcodes , in a randomly chosen order, and telling you all concerning the attention-grabbing areas they represent. Hopefully we’ll get by the whole lot by Christmas. In every location I’ll go to the site of the main put up workplace, try to trace down a mail-related location, and take a in-depth take a look at an attention-grabbing pillar field to verify its assortment occasions.
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