During the last 60 years the cost of sending a letter has increased considerably and at the beginning of this year the cost of a second class stamp was 36p. (I don't buy first class stamps so have no idea what the cost of those was.) And remember, since we "went decimal", that tuppence ha'penny of my teenage years had become just one "new" penny so the cost of sending a letter had increased by 360% in about 60 years. And still the Royal Mail operated at a loss. They tried cutting out the second delivery of the day. They cut the number of collections from post boxes, especially the later ones. No matter what they did, they couldn't stop losing money. So, from April this year the cost of a second class stamp was increased to 50p, a rise of more than 40%! That makes the cost of sending a letter ten bob, half a nicker! I accept that 50p is probably cheap compared to the 1d back in the 1840s but nonetheless people think it excessive. No wonder people are resorting more and more to texts and emails. The Royal Mail, it seems to me, will be making even greater losses in the future.
~~~~~It doesn't often happen but yesterday there were no cows on Scare Hill and no sheep in the field round the Chattri so I was able to walk to and beyond the memorial. The side of Scare Hill is one of the few places affording a view right up the Standean valley. This picture, however, was not taken yesterday.