I don’t know about you, but I sometime long for the days when we’d hear the rattle of milk bottles at around 4.30am in the morning. Of course we wouldn’t get up, we’d just blissfully turn over to sleep for another couple of hours knowing that it was only the milkman delivering fresh, creamy milk from the dairy to our doorstep.
The milkman was an institution in the small villages I grew up in. A spectre like figure whom you rarely saw, and who might be wrongly accused of being your father – as in: “You have such green eyes, and nobody in your family has green eyes. You must be the milkman’s daughter.”
It has me now envisioning Benny Hill’s raucous burlesque sketches on TV, and of course Ernie, who drove the fastest milkcart in the West. Do you remember that song?
If you want a giggle, you can check out the UTube Video Here.
And I used to like having the daily papers delivered too, back in the days when they were the only news source you were likely to get, other than the six or ten o’clock news (in black and white) on TV.
Ahh, the memories.
These days it’s all online subscriptions isn’t it?
Subscribe to this, sign up for that, and enrol for the other (and come to think of it, I hope you’ve all signed up for the Lifestyle Fifty newsletter! Top right in the sidebar puleese 🙂 )
Cue for Big Thanks to the lovely Lifestyle Fifty readers who email me to say they enjoy the LF Newsletters, especially C who recently wrote, “… Some things come to my inbox Jo and I wonder why I subscribe to so many newsletters and clothing sales and such frivolous things. Then I read a newsletter like this one (that I nearly deleted cos I’m ‘busy’) and I think – THAT’S WHY. Beautifully written and really made me pause and think …”
Things like that really do make my bloggie days worthwhile 🙂
Newsletter’s I enjoy
We live in a world where we give out our emails willy nilly and if you’re anything like me you end up with an inbox stuffed full of content you don’t really want or need anymore. [And gosh, doesn’t it take ages to unsubscribe to sites when you finally get around to it?]
Then there are things I really dislike about real-life subscriptions … as in Magazine Subscriptions.
On the loo or at the Dentist’s?
Okay so now I’m going to sound really mean spirited.
You see I love to give annual magazine subscriptions to family and friends who enjoy reading print publications. I know I still enjoy reading magazines … especially when I’m on the loo or in the dentist’s waiting room. Yes, too much information, but seriously, those are my favourite times for flicking through a magazine 😉
What I hate is being conned by the marketers. You know: “Subscribe for a year and we’ll send you this *insert AmazingFreeNeverEverAvailableAgain free gift*. I’m a sucker for these type of things and so I sign up and get the subscription along with the free gift sent to the recipient in question.
What I fail to read is the small print: “We will subtract X amount on X day annually until you cancel in writing.”
Err, so this doesn’t automatically stop after a year then?
No. You have to remember to do something. Like cancel the bank debit.
Hey Ho, I assume I’ve only signed up for one year! I’ve been caught out a couple of times, and wondered a year later who on earth is taking money from my credit card, and wasted God only knows how long ringing the bank and trying to find out where and to whom the green backs have gone, before a bank employee patiently informs me, and I end up red in the face.
It was much easier in the days of the rattling dairy truck.
Yep, old Ernie the milkman might have had a sinful reputation, but at least you knew where your money went and whose daughter you were.
Do you subscribe to magazines or online newsletters? Which do you like and why?