16 sleeps

It’s a little bit scary but a lot more fun … Christmas present buying steps up today with some new specials from Spinifex Collections in Longreach. When you live this far out, you need something naughty and nice. Happy shopping to all our viewers!

Moving: box yourself in with this?

Many families move house at Christmas time and this professional removalist’s box is sure to come in handy. We had it professionally constructed to move 5 cubic metres of our furniture across half the country (Victoria to Outback Queensland) and now it’s ready for its next user. Only $300 to purchase and free pick-up in Longreach. The box — technically called a “lift van” — can be shipped by rail to you but the shipping will be extra. Phone John on 0413 004 138 or email now.

Australia Post gives up the hunt

AustPost gives upAustPost case closed

 

At 3:38pm today (Queensland time) we received these two emails … the first (left) apologises for Australia Post being unable to find Pip’s missing birthday present, which was logged in at the Longreach Post Office then not delivered in October; the second (right) arrived a split second later: “case closed”.

What happens now? We just resume normal life and wonder what the post office will lose next … and send all our Christmas presents by mail? — NOT! Contact us here, on FaceBook, Twitter or LinkedIn or by email if you have had a similar experience with your postal/”non-postal” service.

A gift from a shopkeeper — free postage for your Christmas presents

Dallas Scott of the Garden Shed in Longreach tells us she is delighted to offer free postage within Australia for Christmas gifts ordered before December 10th. Here’s a look at her latest specials. Thanks Dallas!

We support local business

Here’s an exclusive sneak preview of Christmas stock at Longreach’s Spinifex Collections, thanks to owner Sue Smith.

Delighted delighted delighted

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Delighted to announce the launch of a new anthology of creative writing from local writers in the Moorabool Shire, central Victoria, Australia. It represents the rich and diverse creative talent working in regional Victoria. The Moorabool Library Services and Moorabool Shire Council provided resources (=$$$ and in-kind support) to make this project possible. The anthology was edited by the Writers Craft committee, I handled final editing, design, production and publication through Strictly Liter@ry™.

Here are some of the pre-review reviews we cobbled together :-)

‘I keep this book by my bedside. Essential reading for budding dictators.’ Mao Tse Tung

‘Would have been handy on D-Day.’ Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

‘A Ripper read.’ Aaron Kosminski

‘These writers have obviously suffered for their art. Now you can, too.’ The Moorabool Literary Supplement

‘Who said the author was dead? They’re alive and working in Moorabool.’ Roland Barthes

‘Steal this book!’ Ned Kelly

‘Better in bed than Marc and Julius.’ Cleopatra

You can buy a printed copy here or an ebook version here or (naturally) a Kindle version here.

It’s a shipfront

Tony Abbot promises to shirt-front Putin …

My partner Pip says Russia has now SHIP-FRONTED Abbot

What do you think?

Now we’re getting media releases from Australia Post

141010 Media Release

Here’s a few pars of what we received this morning — note the accent on NSW and Victoria … never mind those of us who live elsewhere:

Media Release
For further information, please contact:
National Media Line
03 9106 6666
10 November 2014

Australia Post today officially opened its upgraded Sydney Parcel Facility, part of a $2 billion investment in capability across the country that will dramatically increase capacity in time for the Christmas rush.

The upgrade to the Chullora facility includes state-of-the-art equipment and technology that will double processing capacity, improve reliability, provide greater tracking and bolster employee safety.

A similar makeover at Australia Post’s Melbourne Parcel Facility at Sunshine West, will be unveiled later this week, meaning businesses and consumers will benefit from a doubling of capacity and significant capability uplift in Australia’s two biggest markets.

Australia Post Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Ahmed Fahour, said the world-class expansion of Sydney Parcel Facility was one of several key proof-points demonstrating Australia Post’s commitment to meeting the changing needs of customers.

… <blah blah blah>

“Each and every parcel that enters our network in New South Wales and Victoria will benefit from the extensive upgrade and investment we have made to our truly world-class parcel service in advance of the peak Christmas period.

“Last year we processed record parcel volumes over Christmas and we expect to do so again this year as more Australians shop online and rely on Australia Post to deliver their Christmas gifts. Residents, businesses and consumers can rest assured that we are ready and raring to go this Christmas,” added Mr Fahour.

Yep, he’s right … Christmas is coming and parcels will be at the forefront of our collective minds, won’t they?

Meanwhile we’ve received other mail concerning our disappearing parcel … here’s a new service which the owner says is trying to solve the problem of lost parcels … http://www.whereismyparcel.com … and one of our LinkedIn friends shared this news article from The Australian … if you can’t read it, it refers to the new parcel company Sendle.com which claims to be “post without the office”.

I can’t wait.

Latest on Australia Post failure to deliver

parcel

News from Australia Post yesterday … our parcel disappeared on October 21; it’s now November 9 and they have just launched an investigation. What if the parcel was “really important” … more than a (mere) birthday present? We are now hearing stories that many many parcels sent with Australia Post have gone missing. Is this a Titanic iceberg?

Digital delivery seems to work … not for solids, though

zombieSometimes people complain about the Outback that it’s hard to “get things in” from the Big Smoke. However, we get more of one thing out here in Longreach than in any other place we’ve lived previously … computer viruses and malware/ phantom programs like the one above. Scarcely a day goes past when some hacker somewhere in the world gets through my firewall and plants something, which I then have to track down and terminate.

Which on the face of it is ironic, since Good Old Australia Post still haven’t delivered our one little terrestrial non-digital parcel sent on Oct 16 and which arrived at the Longreach Post Office on October 21. All indications are that they have given up, What do we do now, when they can’t even continue to chase our complaint?

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