You Have Mail

Being the sad and lonely nerd that I am, I look forward eagerly to receiving emails from my many contacts around the world – well, South Derbyshire mostly. You may have noticed that I usually respond quickly if you are rash enough to email me. That’s because I sit here all day constantly checking my mailboxes to see if anyone has sent me a message. Well, they mean so much to me!

It has to be said though that some messages are more inspiring than others. And perhaps more to the point, others are less inspiring than some.

In my vain attempts to overcome the inevitable seasonal post-holiday depression that descends on so many of us at this time of the year, I fell to thinking about some of the least interesting emails that I had received during 2009. Well whatever turns you on, I say!

It didn’t take long though before I realised that I had forgotten them anyway so it would have involved quite a bit of research – and on this last day of a pretty dismal 2009 that was not an exercise that I was about to embark on.

And then, just today I had an email from my new friend Tim Copper. He’s a big noise at British Gas you know – “Director, Online”, no less. Well, it was signed by him, although I see he was using the address of one of his colleagues, Bill ( .

Surely this could be the one? The subject line had me gripped straight away. It said:

“Thank you for your meter reading.”

How I look forward to receiving messages! Whatever did I do before email?

What will the new year bring for you? Whatever it is, I hope it excites and delights you. Have a good one.

Bryan Smith
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Bryan is the editor of Ticknall Life community magazine. (For over 20 years.)

2 thoughts on “You Have Mail

  • 25 March 2020 at 12:59 am

    I am writing this from my home in New Zealand. Like everyone else worldwide I am trying to make sense of these surreal times. We are an isolated country yet this has caught up with us very easily, and we will be in complete lockdown from midnight tonight. Staying home, working from home , schooling from home, only supermarkets and emergency services and medical. basically seeing none but your immediate household companions.
    I was doodling on my computer and found Ticknall Life , and out of curiosity joined as it seems such a lovely place providing wide interests for its community and I do have a small connection to it.
    I was searching for my cousin Tricia Bricknell, and I found her on your site! Hadn’t lost her, as we are in contact by slow mail only, having lost her email. (This should be rectified soon)
    I have been receiving her handmade greeting cards all my life, and it was amazing to find her photo in your newsletter.
    You are doing a beautiful job for your community and it is a privilege to read about it today. I hope you and yours are safe and well.
    Many thanks
    Lesley Lee

    • 25 March 2020 at 1:58 pm

      Dear Lesley,
      I have read your email here. I have been trying to get in touch with you without success. Please contact me at my email address which Bryan will send to you. I really would like to be in touch.
      Love from Tricia.


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