‘A Christmas Tradition’ – Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 (1350)

Taking a place in the seasonal queue. A quiet and patient scenario in the spartan surroundings of a post office. The lunchtime customers hemmed in by tensa barriers, lest the etiquette of a line might be forgotten and an unseemly scrum breaks out (is the notion of queueing culturally heriditary?). An old school ritual of offering up hard copy goods to be stamped and/or franked. The mystery of weight and cost, deadlines and distance. Parcels bound for distant lands, or just a card for the Home Counties. A kind of annual Pavlovian exercise in the face of transformation and disappearance of Christmas past…


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