Sunday, 22 May 2011


Having recently posted a first class letter which took four working days to arrive at it's destination some fifteen miles away, I have been musing over whether to find an entrepreneur who might be interested in reviving the now long extinct 'Pony Express'.

The Pony Express you may recall, was a fast mail service from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, which operated from April 1860 to October 1861. Before the advent of the telegraph, it was the most direct means of east-west communication and was no doubt pretty useful in this period shortly before the American Civil War.

By my estimation, my letter would have been delivered some three days and twenty three hours earlier had it been sent via the pony's saddlebag.

One gentleman in Wrexham, North Wales, seems to have misunderstood the concept of the pony express having recently attempted to buy two train tickets, one for himself and one for his pony. When he was refused a ticket for the animal, he and the pony got into the lift and went down to the platform where they tried unsuccessfully to board the train.

Apparently, he later took the pony to hospital where he was again refused admittance. Presumably the pony was feeling a little hoarse.

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