BRITAIN: Pigeons and Pirates

As early as 1557, Britain's mail carriers were complaining about their paltry wages. According to one sympathetic chronicler, in that "busy tyme of the warres they were not hable to lyve of Xlld [12 pence] by the daye, which in tyme of peace was their ordinary wages." Not until last week, however, did the country's long-suffering letter carriers finally get around to staging the first nationwide strike in the history of the British post office. Britain's distinctive red mailboxes were sealed with brown tape as most of the 230,000 members of the...

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