This site shows you all the post related contingencies around the world that can result in your mail not being delivered –
Flooding of the Danube, strikes everywhere, the United Kingdom one is the best:
13 March 2013
United Kingdom – Disruption of mail traffic
Royal Mail Group has advised that since 11 March 2013, collection and delivery of all postal items in the following postcode areas will be subject to delay due to severe cold weather.
All postcodes beginning with BN
All postcodes beginning with AB51 and AB39
All postcodes beginning with EH, KY, FK and TD
KA26, KA18, G74, G75, G67, G68, G83, G84 and ML7–12
All postcodes beginning with IV and KW
All postcodes beginning with PH, DD and KY
CT5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20
TN23, 24,25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30
All postcodes beginning with ME
What is this, an announcement of tube breakdowns and serviced lines?
They think that putting it in a list makes it look like you should expect no better.
Unsurprisingly, the US has no such postal interruptions. Looks like their postman’s creed really works!:
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
I was checking out the SingPost site because one of my Amazon shipments is supposed to arrive today but I have no idea when. Amazon sadly cuts corners by routing my parcels to i-parcel as opposed to UPS or DHL, and i-parcel takes its time coming, has barely any tracking information apart from: “The parcel has arrived in destination country”, doesn’t let you know when the courier is out to deliver, and according to irate customers on hardwarezone, may falsely declare that they attempted delivery while nobody was home, thus forcing you to go down to the post office to collect it. Lecherich!
Let’s hope they arrive before my dad leaves the house. Despite retiring early, he has his hands full with volunteer work at a nearby hospital visiting the elderly, as well as counselling of one of my relatives who is depressed.