Letters

Paper Chase

Clare Finney | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

"You can't cancel!" shrills the voice on the phone. "It's in the diary. That's final!" Though I'm hardly a model of reliability, it is my friend who flakes on our arrangements most, and I'm offended by the implication of her words. What does she mean 'I can't cancel'? Why does she care suddenly?

Last Letter Written Aboard Titanic Sells For Record Sum

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK

The last letter known to be written on the ill-fated Titanic sold for a world record £119,000 at auction today. The letter was penned by second cl...

Letter to My 10-year-old Self

Lucy Karsten | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Karsten

Firstly, congratulations on making it this far, what with your little sister hurling a metal bin at your head when you mocked her dolls and your even littler brother spending most of his time crawling about at the bottom of stairs, meaning that you've tripped over him and smashed your head on the marble floor more often than advisable.

Why Love Letters Belong on Paper

Sue Moorcroft | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Moorcroft

In the aftermath of the Second World War Tom had to return to his family after spending the duration in Polly's tiny rural village. Circumstances and parents didn't allow the young couple to meet for a year. It was their daily love letters on cheap lined paper torn from exercise books that kept their love alive.

The Second Coming of Letter Writing Is Upon Us

Daniel M. Cooke | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Cooke

In today's world everything is recorded. Every little thing is captured, monitored, kept and stored, but none of it is special, none of it is treasured and kept for a reason. So instead of traipsing through conversation and email histories to find those moments that matter just write a letter, and you will say more and it will mean more to the person that you are saying it to.

An Open Letter to My Bras

Sarah Kwong | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Kwong

Man, what a rollercoaster. You've known me since I was a kid, desperate to fill out a cup, any cup. ('Does an AAAA exist?') You were there, in your soft, first bra material, noble and strong, even when I was forcing tissue paper into your lungs, believing you weren't enough.

The Round Robin Re-Write

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

Dear friends, family and rivals, Merry Christmas! My fabulous family and I will be dominating the next A4 sheet of paper, more if I can think of enough ways to make unemployment sound smashing. Anything for you, cherubs.

An Audience of One - Why Letters Rock

Natasha Chowdory | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Chowdory

I put aside one Sunday every month to write letters to loved ones. Yup you read that right. I pick up a pen (usually a fountain pen or a very nice biro) and put said pen to paper and write full English sentences on said paper with the aforementioned pen. There isn't a piece of technology in sight. Well ok, when I Instagram what I'm doing to show off the fact that I still write letters to people.

Boy Writes Letter To Nasa Asking To Go To Mars...

Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK Tech

Those chaps at Nasa are a good bunch. Not only do they dedicate their lives to exploring the cosmos for the advancement of mankind but they also ta...

Inappropriate Correspondence: The Patronising Plan of the Tory Government.

Jacob Fritz | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Fritz

In what has been labelled as a step to encourage those from poorer backgrounds to attempt to attain places at highly ranked universities; it seems to me that the Conservative Government are effectively saying congratulations for achieving something that has been made considerably easier for the wealthy.

Forty Years of Amnesty International's Urgent Action

Kate Allen | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK
Kate Allen

The tenacity and forthrightness of Amnesty's founding members is truly remarkable and admirable. These were ordinary people with ordinary jobs, who appointed themselves as moonlighting human rights defenders. They picked up their pens and wrote to heads of state, demanding that they release prisoners.

Descartes' Dogs

Robert McNamee | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Robert McNamee

It is striking just how similar Descartes' theory on 'reflex' is to Pavlov's theory of 'conditioning'. Just as in Pavlov's conditioning experiment, performed two hundred and seventy one years after Descartes' letter outlines his theory of 'reflex', the two stimuli necessary for conditioning, the conditioned and unconditioned stimuli, are paired causing the 'planned conditional response'.

Is Saying Thank You Considered Rude?

James Emtage | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
James Emtage

One thing is for sure - saying thank you is a nice thing to do. It makes you feel good, and makes the receiver feel valued. We may not subscribe to the hand written parchments of old, with ruler straight lines and wafty words of gratitude penned from inky quills, but we do still subscribe to basics of liking to give and liking to be thanked.

RIP HMV: Is the Digital Age the Death of Personal Legacy?

Leila Monks | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Monks

When I imagine my own kids one day going through my "box" of memories I realise that there is no box. Even my inbox they won't have access to. Emails have replaced letters, pictures on facebook have replaced photographs, iTunes downloads have replaced CDs which in turn have replaced tapes and records - and then there's the Kindle.

Currygate

Harry Deansway | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Comedy
Harry Deansway

Any landlord who thinks a customer should be subjected to a roast potato curry whilst listening to a full Sterophonics album should be frog marched out of the hospitality industry and into a mental institution.

First-Class Move? Royal Mail Cut 6,500 Post Box Collections

PA | Posted 16.06.2012 | UK

Royal Mail cut nearly 6,500 post box collections last year, figures have revealed. The postal service also brought forward final collection times a...

Joe's Letters from WWII: Ten Fillings and the Browning Machine Gun

Helen Spencer | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Spencer

A bit of background This emotional journey will revisit the stories of my Uncle Joe once again. I hope you will enjoy them, and think of your family a...

Letters Home from WWII. High jinx and punishing parades

Helen Spencer | Posted 16.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Spencer

A bit of background This emotional journey will revisit the stories of my Uncle Joe once again. I hope you will enjoy them, and think of your family ...

Letters Home from WWII, Letter 5, Jan 1944

Helen Spencer | Posted 13.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Spencer

A bit of background This emotional journey will take in the stories of my Uncle Joe. I hope you will enjoy reading his letters (the original versions...

War Poet's Letters To Sell For £6,000

PA | Posted 04.05.2012 | Home

The papers of Second World War poet Richard (Dicky) Spender are expected to fetch up to £6,000 when they go under the hammer at Bonhams this month. ...

Christmas Is Over, Now Write Those Thank You Letters!

William Hanson | Posted 02.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
William Hanson

An alarming majority of people now eschew sending written thanks to their nearest and dearest who have spent their hard earned money on presents. Some will half-heartedly try to express their thanks by sending a thank you text or email. I can't imagine doing such a thing. I am coming out in hives as I write. That said, I suppose they are better than nothing.

Letters to the Tooth Fairy

Mammasaurus | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK
Mammasaurus

Back in 'the day' you could get away with smuggling a 20 pence piece under your childs pillow when their tooth fell out, I'm guessing nowadays it's a bit different...