Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My Little Pumpkin

As a special Halloween treat, here's a picture of my little pumpkin, tootling around Covent Garden this afternoon, and finding herself next to ... errr... a pumpkin. All 935 pounds of it - now that would make a serious soup. Or pie. Or lantern. Or all of them. You'll never know how much trouble I'll be in for putting this picture up online... but if you don't hear from me soon, assume the worst.
my little pumpkin

The Sportsman, Cliffsend

Today's random pictorial history is of The Sportsman pub at Cliffsend, halfway (more or less) between Ramsgate and Sandwich. No idea of date, but looks before turn of the century due to the lack of cars (pretty flimsy evidence, admittedly). Still, a nice crisp photo. Over 270 years old (1730s?), it is described as a typical road house pub, clearly placed to serve the traffic between Sandwich and Pegwell or Ramsgate.
The Sportsman

And in a typically non-sequitur type of link, from Sportsman to game, here's an amazing picture of a butchers in High Wycombe from Christmas 1937, proudly displaying the game birds and other assorted slaughtered flesh and fowl. Now THAT's what I call a shop display!
game birds at Butchers

For a third treat, back to our locality with another old image (from a less old Kent County Libraries postcard - I can't claim these are ALL genuine antique photos): this time of the donkey stand at Newgate Gapway, near Margate. The idea of a donkey stand being as familar then as a bus or taxi stand is today is very appealing.
donkey stand at Newgate Gapway

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Bay Boy Beats Bells

Chariots of FireChariots of Fire was a great film in its time, and one of the pivotal scenes was the Trinity College's Great Court run. The race requires participants to run round the 367-metre perimeter of the Great Court's narrow flagstone path before all 24 chimes of the Cambridge college's clock have rung at Midday.

Second-year economics undergraduate Sam Dobin finished the sprint in 42.77 seconds last week, inside the previous record of 43.1 seconds set by Olympic athlete Lord Burghley 80 years ago. The attempt is normally restricted to first-years, but apparently he was granted a special dispensation due to being ill in his first year and so unable to have a go. He seems better now though!

Sebastian Coe beat the record in tersm of time running, but it was disallowed as the clock had been wound the day before, so it chimed more quickly and he failed to beat the chimes, even though he ran faster. Shame. Ho ho.

And the point? Well Sam is from Herne Bay, so with that tenuous local connection we can all feel impressed at a near-local lad achieving something magnificently pointless but mildly interesting.

great court Trinity Cambridge

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Lost Treasures

This weekend's treat is a look at two of Ramsgate's lost treasures - not entirely lost perhaps, but certainly suffering from a lack of vision, money or willpower...

First, the Pavilion, here shown by night in a lovely image showing the pier (and obelisk, and even the toilet block) all lit up, and most importantly of course, throngs of people enjoying the amenities. The windows are now all blocked in, but this card shows just how it could be brought back to life given half a chance:
pavilion by night

The second card, from 1911, shows the elegant Hotel St Cloud, before half of it vanished. A lift down to the pier, delightful gardens in the foreground, and a little inset of the view of the harbour from the hotel. Who wouldn't want to stay there?! Note the small tents on the beach - are these poor folks' bathing machines? Or posh folks temporary beach huts, maybe rented from the hotel? Or just a wandering troop of scouts (a newish thing in 1911)? More information about the hotel and its history in this publication from Michael's Bookshop (of course)
Hotel St Cloud
I know it's a little sad always wishing we could turn the clock back to some mythical bygone era when everything was nicer, but then again . . .

Friday, October 26, 2007

Coolest thing ever! (For geeks only)

How's this for a human-computer interface! I want one. And just for starters, would you all get together and buy me an 8 foot monitor (sorry, multiplex display wall) for Christmas please.

And the Christmas present I am fully expecting (it's not even priced yet but the 72" was only $45,000 so this shouldn't be more than twice that):
monster Samsung plasma monitor
But this is only a monitor - you've then got to get it transparent and touch-reactive, and add some serious processor power so let's double that price again. Still, worth it to play around with maps in such a cool way. Or is it?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Little improvements that make sense - 1

This is the first in a new and enthralling series of rants - little things in life that could be changed just to make my life easier.

special delivery formRamsgate main post office - with all the problems post offices currently face, you'd think making life easier for customers would get some attention. Here's my main peeve - good location, nice staff, but not a single form available in the public area. You have to queue just to ask for a Special Delivery form or Passport Renewal or whatever, then fill it in and either rejoin the queue or (as I did yesterday with my four parcels) simply step back to the counter, feeling the enormous queue staring at me in fury as I looked like I had queue jumped.

Every other post office I've ever used has a rack of forms so you can fill them in before or while queuing. Not a biggie, but it would improve my life a little...

The Great Crusha Mystery

Gentle readers, I am bringing you news of a matter so important, it may cause a panic amongst seaside folk. Then again, it may not. Apparently, Crusha Lime-flavoured milkshake mix is no more. I know, world-shaking news.

Below is the letter to the Times on October 17th that alerted us to this catastrophe:

Lime CrushaSir, I am writing to mourn the passing of the Crusha lime milkshake. This is not a trivial regret.

Fifty years ago a milkshake was a very rare and wondrous treat, to be savoured slowly, through two straws, to the last noisy slurp of the frothy residue which clung to the sides of that unique glass. I can still remember as a child in the 1950s, perched on the high, chromium stool in the seaside café, the almost unbearable anticipation as the syrup, milk and ice-cream were whisked noisily to produce that marvellous nectar.

Now, lime milkshake is no more. When last it made a rare appearance on the shelves of my local supermarket, I bought six bottles, not knowing when next it would be available. I am down to my last 50cc. I cannot bear to use what remains, knowing that the sensory link with my childhood will be for ever lost. I will keep it always for a rare sniff and perhaps a tiny taste to take me back to a long lost, more innocent era.

GB, Chandlers Ford, Hants

However the Crusha web site proudly lists Lime among its current 8 flavours. So is the letter writer just unlucky that his local superstore has not ordered any? Has it really been withdrawn? Do any of you care?

A follow-up letter rather removes the excitement:

Sir, Reading about Crusha lime milkshake (letter, Oct 17) invoked an intense longing for the very same. However, having looked at its website, I not only find that lime is still available but a white chocolate one also. The mix of past and present, old long-forgotten things and technology, is delightfully eclectic. My task now today will be satisfying a craving that I did not know I had.

MRL, Brighton

So it seems I panicked over nothing, and I'm not sure I think it matters. Someone does, at least enough to find a bottle and put it on eBay!
Lime Crusha

Is there really a shortage or withdrawal (two conditions likely to cause panic in many local citizens)? Is just a repeat of the great Spangles, Aztec and Wispa panic? Did you know that Wispa is back, allegedly due to 'public demand'? The world of confectionery retailing and PR is a curious place - maybe the letter writer works for Crusha and needs to boost sales. Who knows. Who cares. You decide.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Sands of Time . . .

Ramsgate sands being shifted

Risking life and limb to bring you the latest breaking stories as they happen . . . well, ok, I was having a cup of tea at the beach cafe and noticed it was our turn for the big Tonka toy to pile up the sand for winter.

An excited crowd - well, us three and a few pigeons. It's like a building site, there's always something very therapeutic watching blokes working big machines, whether they are cranes, piledrivers or diggers. Today it's diggers.
Pigeosn watching Ramsgate sands being shifted

Perhaps the most boring pictures ever . . . but I like 'em, and news can't always be exciting. They were also lowering the slipway to receive a ship in the repair yard - I nearly filmed that too, but I came to my senses just in time.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Turner Contemporary - latest version

So the new vision for the design of the Turner Contemporary has been revealed. Still very modern - you'd expect nothing else from David Chipperfield of course - but at least it's not just a series of boxes, like previous designs. A nod to sailing ships perhaps, an echo of the hill and rooftops to its rear, whatever the architectural theory behind it, it looks striking and interesting: you would want to drive closer just to see what it was.

Let's hope the architect is as good at estimating, procurement and cost control as he is at design. If we can just get it built then at least we can start to see the benefits, even if they take a little longer than promised so breathlessly in all the publicity materials. But as a design, it gets the thumbs up from me.

Turner Contemporary, Margate

This quote from the press release that accompanied last night's launch at Margate Theatre: "Our building will look out to the sea, connect itself to the town and capture the same unique light that inspired Turner".

Monday, October 15, 2007

Struggling for the soul of the seaside

Are there any seaside towns safe from the developers and councils? A long article in today's Independent shows the threat currently faced by Whitstable - apparently in order to save the character of the world's oldest railway-built harbour, it is necessary to replace it with a superstore and, you guessed it, flats.

"Three multi-million-pound proposals have been supplied by developers. One envisages a mixture of holiday lets and a large supermarket, another foresees the replacement of the wooden shed currently hosting the fish market with a large glass and steel restaurant and the other, put forward by Kent brewer Shepherd Neame proposes a themed pub next to the cockle plant."

English Heritage are holding a conference this week on seaside heritage - 'Colourful Past, Bright Future': "we have lots of evidence to show that people and businesses flourish in places where local character and distinctiveness are being revived, often through physical renewal and reuse of historic buildings."


Margate, Ramsgate, Folkestone and Whitstable (amongst others) - their attraction? The historic nature of the architecture, seafront and harbours. The councils' solutions? Let the developers have their way. Aaaaaarrrrrrgh!

Igglepiggle - In the Night Garden

Does this rhyme sound familiar?

"Yes - my name is Igglepiggle,
Igglepiggle, wiggle, niggle, diggle!
Yes - my name is Igglepiggle,
Igglepiggle, wiggle, niggle, woo!"

If you have very young children watching the BBC's 'In the Night Garden' then this may be (a) delightful, (b) soothing or (c) driving you mad! Hugely popular, from Ragdoll, the same people that brought us Teletubbies, this series has caught the imagination of the toy makers (imagination being represented by pound signs, obviously) to such an extent that Igglepiggle is apparently the Number One Toy this Christmas. This means a guaranteed shortage, as it's caught the makers Hasbro slightly by surprise. So get your stock in now... And Upsy Daisy and the Tombliboos too.

I haven't actually become a toyshop, I'm just experimenting to see if just one post here can get me seen on Google for a highly competitive subject. I'll report back soon...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Seaside Postcard 20 - Gone Beachin'

Beach time comic postcard from Ramsgate

It's past mid-October, the clocks go back in a couple of weeks, and the rest of my lot are all down on the beach on this sunny Sunday afternoon. Lovely. Just as lovely is this card from 1913, sent to someone in Peckham, South-East London. I can't promise my lot are dressed quite as elegantly as these smart young ladies, but they'll be having just as much fun.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Seaside Postcard 19 - Gone Fishin'

fishing comic postcard from Ramsgate

In honour of our new wet fish shop, this card dates from 1913 and contains 12 photographic views of Ramsgate. I expect the fishing was a little easier then - no limits on catches, perhaps a harbour with a bit less sand, certainly more fish shops to supply in town.

Just as an example of how things change, here are the fishmongers listed in the 1957 Kelly's Directory, no less than 14 of them:

Clements Sidney Jsph, 5 the Centre, Newington
Goldfinch Wm, 22 Plains of Waterloo
Hall A & Co, 93 King Street
Ideal Fisheries, 20 Addington Street
Janes A H & Sons, 7 Southwood Road
Johnston Wm., 27 & 29 Margate Road
Lycett, Eric L, 105 Southwood Road
Moore R.W., 70 King Street
Munday Geo., 16 Grange Road
Nunn J.T. and Sons, 55 Albert Street, West Cliff
Tuttle, Stanley, 152 King Street
Whitwell L., 3 Bellevue Road, East Cliff
Williams, Geo. J., 105 High Street
Wright Wltr Wm & Son, 104 King Street

Nicely spread between the town centre and local shopping for local residents, this just shows how retail patterns have changed. And Yellow Pages now? Just the two - M & P Penn on Southwood Road and the new one, Eddie Gilbert's, 32 King Street. Maybe it's not all the fault of Tescos and their competitors - but maybe it is...

Friday, October 12, 2007

Let's hear it for Chloe

The Pride of Britain Awards - I find these normally a bit too saccharine, tearful and straightforward schmaltzy, even though all the award winners clearly deserve their praise and acknowledgement. At least Carol Vorderman is a bit less cheesy than Esther Rantzen. But looking past the cringe-making TV programme, there are real stories of inspiration, including Ramsgate girl Chloe Gambrill:

"Aged six, Chloe signed up for the fundraising race in memory of her grandmother Wendy Parrish who died of breast cancer the previous year, aged 56. Only weeks later Chloe was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, but still wanted to complete the race. She started chemotherapy and even underwent an operation three days before the event. Chloe collapsed with exhaustion during the race but was determined to cross the finishing line, which she did with the help of her family.

Chloe's mother Kelly told Cancer Research UK: "When she collapsed, she was devastated. She laid in my arms begging me not to make her go back to the ambulance. She had already collected the sponsorship money and didn't want to let anyone down. It seems like such a small amount but it was really important to her. She was very close to her nanny. She was a huge part of both of my children's lives and Chloe was going to do it for her come what may."

Since then Chloe has completed a sponsored swim to raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and ran the Race for Life again, raising £850."

You can read the full story here.

Three cheers for Chloe, happily in remission after 27 months of treatment. Sheer determination should be noticed now and again.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Art of the Unlikely

Tate ShibbolethI'm a big fun of unnecessarily large pieces of art (being unnecessarily large myself, I suppose), and the new installation at the Tate Modern has raised the expected questions of 'is it art?' and 'it's just a crack in the floor'. I think it's worth a peek, not too close to the edge though - even in the first day or two several people fell in... clearly performance added to installation equals publicity.

Representing the fractures in society seems a little bit too obvious, but that's why I'm not an artist. Half the fun is working our how they did it - is there a false floor, have they dug out the original Turbine Hall floor, is there actually a geological fault line running through the South Bank? You decide.

The work is called Shibboleth - this explanation is from the Tate's press release: "The word shibboleth commonly refers to a test of membership to or exclusion from a particular group or social class. Its meaning originates from an Old Testament story which describes the largest massacre recounted in The Bible. The Gileadites, having defeated the Ephraimites in battle, challenged any survivors to pronounce the word ‘shibboleth’. The Ephraimites were identified by their inability to form the discerning ‘sh’ sound and 42,000 were killed." You really didn't want to have a lisp in those days...

Doris Salcedo who created the crack did a fabulous work in Istanbul in 2003, called - excitingly - 1550 chairs - clearly drawing inspiration from the yard besides Scott's antiques in Bath Street, Margate (the picture below is the Istanbul installation, in case you've seen Scott's and can't tell the difference):

1500 Chairs in Istanbul

And whilst I'm on the subject of the Tate, "Maman" which was on the landing inside the Turbine Hall a while back is now outside - if you know an arachnophobe, this is sompletely kill or cure!

Maman at Tate

Now if we could just get the Turner Gallery debate past the shape, location and cost of the building and on to the potential excitement of the displays we might just be getting somewhere...

I feel a trip to London may be in my near future.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Herne Bay

A little bit off the isle, but only just, today's trip down memory lane is from a glas slide I got at a recent auction (the only Kent one in over 100 slides, sadly...). It shows Herne Bay in the 1880s or 1890s with the Dolphin Hotel in the foreground and the clocktower further back. Boats on the beach, as they are today, and loads of people just, well, standing there...

Herne Bay

Amongst the slides were a large collection on Western Australia, mostly gold mining in Kalgoorlie but also some farming life images. Here's my favourite, some well-behaved horses waiting and looking both ways at a railway crossing, because the sign tells them to...
Horses crossing
I expect these are all heading for eBay shortly, but they're nice to have and look at even for a short while...

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Dawn ramblings...

I try very hard to avoid serious comment here, on politics, economics and certainly sport, mostly because of my sceptico-cynical assumption that little I say or do will affect what THEY do anyway, and I can't imagine anyone else is interested in my opinions, but as I'm pointlessly awake at 6 am on a Sunday, I might as well let off a little steam.

ELECTION FEVER - very funny to see David Cameron ranting on the news last night about Gordon Brown "cancelling the election". Well not quite Dave, you can't cancel a decision that was never announced and you just got so caught up in the combination of Brown's apparent dithering and pretty obvious spinning and the inevitable poll bounce that follows a moderately successful conference that you thought you were in with a chance. Although Gordon Brown has come out of this looking a bit (a lot?) indecisive, and spinning just as dizzily as his predecessor he now knows several key Tory policies which he can either demolish or steal in the next few months. I expect everyone will be hopping up and down for a week or two, but then we'll be back to business as usual - and the idea that Gordon really needs a mandate is of course rubbish - at an election we elect MPs to represent a constituency, it's not a Presidential election system just yet (although Blair did his best to make it one, after the huge strides in that direction by Margaret Thatcher).

RUGBY - not normally a big fan, but the two matches yesterday, England-Australia and New Zealand-France were as exciting as you could possibly hope for. Damn. Now I'll have to watch the rest of the World Cup.

PROPERTY - house prices are finally starting to fall, mortgage lending is down 11% on the same period last year, HIPS has had some effect with fewer 3 and 4 bed properties coming on to the market, and repossessions are bound to increase as the end of two and three year deals sees a big bounce in monthly payments for many, and renting is officially cheaper than buying for the first time in many years. And yet the rush to build 2 bed flats across the whole of England seems unstoppable. I really want Margate's Sea Bathing Hospital and Ramsgate's Royal Crescent developments to succeed - lovely old buildings, nicely done up, and of course we should welcome the spending power of new residents, but surely there's a limit to the number of new flats that can be sold. Or is there?

LOCAL DEVELOPMENTS - ok, I'm a newcomer to Thanet (hey, it's been over a year now), but it's still a little depressing to see things apparently under threat all over the place. Unique local cinemas threatened by the forthcoming multiplex; harbourside cafe culture in Ramsgate threatened by a likely endless stream of construction traffic; grammar schools under threat without promising an obviously better solution; Dreamland under threat along with its cinema. The Up-side? Well local support for better alternatives is heartening, if they can just get past the apparently remorseless barriers of council and big business interests.

SOLUTIONS - oh that's easy. In no particular order (and no claims to originality for these of course): a combined heritage and modern amusement park for Dreamland with just enough housing around the edges to make it a viable development; site access to the Pleasurama (sorry Royal Sands) construction site through the old railway tunnel; West Cliff Hall returned to public use; Royal Pavilion also returned to the public for creative and cultural use, incorporating an indoor arts and crafts market, performance and gallery space, cafes on the terrace and windows you can look through - and a camera obscura on the terrace too; an initiative to bring in some quirky and mainstream retail to both Ramsgate and Margate to keep the town centres alive whilst allowing Westwood Cross to sell the boring stuff - peppercorn rents for a period to allow fledgling businesses to have a go and do for King Street (Ramsgate) and the High Street (both Margate and Ramsgate) what North Laine and Old High Street have done for Brighton and Folkestone; get Ramsgate town council up and running and pray TDC don't use all their powers (including the mighty power of indifference) to sabotage it; keep the post offices open if the subpostmasters (not the PO) think they're viable businesses; oh and dredge the harbour.

With the high speed rail line (and maybe those shiny new trains to service and maintain), all the jobs from that big greenhouse complex and the planned windfarm, not to mention the inhabitants of all the new flats, the Chinese tech employers on the industrial estate (haven't heard much about that recently) there should be some sort of financial inflow due in the next year or two - if we can just combine that with a lively and interesting cultural, architectural and retail environment then it'll be just luvverly.

That's that solved then. Still no sign of daylight. Sigh.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

The Big Cheese

Ramsgate's street market seemed particularly busy and buzzy today - the sunshine certainly helped, as did the presence outside the Halifax of a Franch van selling the loveliest cheeses available. The Pyrrenees Black is in the fridge, but it won't last long, and the Reblochon is already a goner. Yum. Let's hope they become a regular visitor - the lack of a town centre deli means that cheese buying is pretty much limited to Waitrose. And it is always fun to practice my French with someone waving a large knife . . .
French cheese van

Seaside Postcards 17 & 18 - The Seaside Effect

We've been here over a year now. She-who-must-be-adored would like to feel that she's the lady in the first postcard, but is terrified she might be the one in the second! She's neither of course (before I get in to too much trouble, as though I hadn't already). You decide how the chubby little darling in yesterday's card grew up. My money is on the second one...

Lady De Posh comic postcard from Ramsgate

And the awful possibility...
Putting on Weight comic postcard from Ramsgate

You decide.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Seaside Postcard 16 - Donkey Derby

Donkeys comic postcard from Ramsgate

Another classic postcard, sent in the late 1920s from Bertha to Vera in Wembley. A slightly manic smile on the face of the little girl, but maybe she's just overwhelmed with excitement to be in Ramsgate... And it's such a good place to make friends, after all.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Antiques Crisis

Ambling down Addington Street today we noticed that Granny's Attic was no longer open, and recalled being told it was up for development in to flats (there is a huge barn-like upper floor). This coupled with the recent Harbour Street Village closure means there's a serious lack of antique shops in Ramsgate. Apart from a couple up King Street and a couple more at the Plains of Waterloo end of Bellevue Road, I think that's it.

With all the luxury flats nearing completion at the bottom of Addington Street and in Royal Crescent, where will all the newcomers from London spend their time and money?

Either there's a huge gap in the market or there's not enough business to keep a shop viable. I wish I knew which it was. It'll make shopping for Christmas presents so much harder...

More bays

Another trip to the seaside today: Newgate & Queen's Promenades; Joss Bay; The Promenade, Westbrook. The last one in particular looks as busy as you could wish for, and everything looks brightly painted - I expect those were the days where stallowners painted everything every winter. I think we're on a 10 year repainting cycle nowadays...

Keeping Autumn at Bay

It's been a grey and miserable week, so I need cheering up with a few local views of Summer. So first up are three cards of local bays: the first two at Walpole Bay, the third card is Palm Bay. The most noticeable thing is of course the large platform constructions - "here's a nice bay, let's build a platform over most of it" seems to have been the idea.

Much as I love seaside architecture, piers and so on, I can't help thinking that the sandy beach is probably an improvement on these ones. Especially Palm Bay where it seems the entire beach was replaced by the great hulking contruction. Still, handy for tea and toilets, so shouldn't complain too much perhaps.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Post Offices: Full List of Closures "FOR CONSULTATION"

Finally, after hunting around the web for a couple of hours, the BBC has the full list - these are the Thanet ones (listed by constituency, which is how the Post Office lists them):

North Thanet
- Approach Road, 63 Approach Road, Margate
- Westbrook, 101 Canterbury Road, Margate
- Dane Road, 55 Upper Dane Road, Margate
- Minnis Road, 137 Minnis Road, Birchington
- High Street, 3 High Street, Herne Bay

South Thanet
- Grange Road, 34 Grange Road, Ramsgate
- Bellevue Road, 13 Bellevue Road, Ramsgate
- Cliff's End, Cliff's End Village Hall, Ramsgate

Kent County Council has launched a campaign to support the post office network in the face of the closures, with information, a petition and an impact questionnaire. Good.

Post Office Closures in Thanet?

post office logoWe all know how vital the post office is to a local community. Or do we? The Post Office is due to 'consult' on its planned closures, some 2,500 offices across the country, and including 58 of Kent's 363 offices. Those in Thanet come under the plan for Kent, obviously, and consultation takes place in October. Yes, this month. So for those who feel the need to protect this vital link for small businesses, the elderly, in fact anyone who uses their services, have a look at the Postwatch or Post Office web sites for details (you may have to search for News or Closures) - there's only about 6 weeks to have your say. The list of threatened branches is only due to be released today, so there's not a moment to lose if this is important to you...

And here's the full list from the BBC

According to this morning's local paper, Ramsgate stands to lose the post offices on Grange Road, Bellevue Road and at Cliffsend Village Hall, but I'm keeping an eye out for the definitive list on the Post Office web site. Or perhaps they have a cunning plan to launch the consultation without actually revealing which offices are listed for closure, which would match the style of a company that has been threatening subpostmasters to keep them quiet over the last few months...

Of course, like most people, I generally only use the post office to send things I can't fit in to a letter box (which is quite often given that I wheel and deal on eBay a bit). Stamps, foreign currency, benefit payments, pensions, banking saervices etc can all be got elsewhere; the TV Licence is now dealt with by someone else, and even Car Tax can be dealt with online.

So the solution? Use it or lose it. Support your local subpostmaster!

Post Office
Royal Mail
National Federation of Subpostmasters