In Croydon, we have been distributing flyers to houses in different streets for various campaigns this year: the Labour Party pre-election and election day propaganda -publicity on the day of the election is possible here-, the promotion of a local park so as not to lose it as a common space -this is a threat here as well-, the attempt to encourage beautiful front gardens by the local community.
This led to our observations on South London front doors and letter boxes. The new aluminum doors are designed to trap your hand and push the brochures back simultaneously. The old smaller size boxes require creativity in folding, the ones at the bottom of the doors offer the possibility of exercise. In particular the opening and closing mechanisms of metal gates are full of mystery.
There is still a tradition of sending written communications, letters and greeting cards in this country. This difference between UK and my country is an important indicator for other comparisons. I come from a culture that switched to virtual media directly from oral culture. A country where there are no mailboxes or holes, unopened letters that not have been accumulated in a relatively close place to the house door, people who have shown another address as a residence do not ask them about their letters “Do you have a letter to me”?