Posthaste Mr Postman!

I remain a loyal subscriber to Private Eye magazine. It lights up my day when I see a new issue has arrived in our mailbox. Like yesterday, for example:


There you have it: issue 1381 of 12 December 2014, arriving on 12 January 2015.

The postal service must really slow down at the end of the year. Based on the evidence I have, something is not quite right. 

What else was in my mailbox yesterday?


There you have it: issue 1383 of 9 January 2015, arriving on 12 January 2015.

So, one really late delivery, and one really quick delivery. Oh, and if you are paying attention, you will have noticed there is one missing delivery: where the hell is issue 1382? It has not turned up. Yet.


It appears from the mailing label that my issues are mailed in Hungary. So, whatever is going wrong may not be attributable in any way to the British postal service. It depends how the magazines get from the UK to Hungary. Maybe they are printed there?