Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Twitter For Gentlefolk : Postcard From Ottawa

One of the great delights of the Twitter For Gentlefolk project is that very real feeling of "place" you get from a postcard. Whereas Twitter messages arrive in uniform digital keystrokes from some sorting office in cyberspace, postcards come from real places and include real evidence of their journey. Pictures, stamps, postmarks : they all form a fascinating trail that leads to somewhere real, somewhere you can find on a map. And in the case of this weeks' Twitter for Gentlefolk postcard, that real place was Ottawa in Canada.

The postcard comes from the splendid Rosie, who lives in New Brunswick and whose wonderfully eclectic Blog - Ramblin' Rose - covers everything from photographs to family history, public speaking to arts and crafts. Her message to me is as follows:

Hello Alan,  Just dropping you a line to give you greetings from the capital city, Ottawa, Ontario. Having a wonderful visit with my step daughter and family. Rosie

My card to Rosie can be found on her Blog. Thanks to Rosie for taking part in the project : I can now add another line to my large world map on the back of my door : a line from Huddersfield to Ottawa.

15 comments:

  1. The HQ of one of the companies I worked for was in Ottawa (I do tend to work for a lot of Johnny Foreigner outfits).

    I remember sitting in an Irish pub just across the road from the building shown on the postcard, which I believe is their parliament.

    Nice city - very cheap compared to the UK. Damnably cold in winter though.

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  2. I'm sorry I'm behind on mine. Haven't got a scanner and lent my camera to the daughter but I will get it going. Love this one. Love the idea actually, it's lovely having something tangible in the mail.

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  3. I am glad the postcard reached its destination Alan, thank you for the kind words. I believe Chairman Bill that the building in question is the Chateau Laurier, I had high tea there with my step daughter a couple of visits ago, looks as magestic as the Parliament building though. (It must have been too much brew in the pub.....)

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  4. I've never been to Ottawa but would like to (I'd like to go anywhere really). My postcard is coming but I'm on vacation next week (Florida!) so I'll send it after that.

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  5. Another nice one
    You seem to be having lots of fun
    Do you pin them to your wall
    Must be getting rather ummmm tall

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  6. so cool man...i am putting mine out today...from my trip to NYC...

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  7. I'm guessing that, due to the success of this project, you've abandoned Twitter? I joined, only to discover your most recent message read...oh, hang on, there you are!

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  8. This is a fun and fascinating series!

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  9. Who'd ever have thought of Hudderfield being the hub of the world?!

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  10. I've really only explored the western provinces of Canada. I'd love to take a train across Canada.

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  11. What a gorgeous postcard! I'd love to visit Ottawa!

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  12. This is a great idea. Pen Pal Postcards.

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  13. I love your Twitter for Gentlefolk idea! Cute card you sent to Baino.

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  14. When we were assigned super mailboxes to pick up our letters and bills, the arrival of post lost the personal touch of the letter carrier. I only feel excited if I'm expecting a small parcel, something ordered on line. Twitter with pics is ok and time stamped too. It travels much faster too. but it doesn't do parcels.

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  15. Hello Alan, came over from Baino. Your card to her is lovely. Such a nice idea to send real postcards. After all, we are real people and not only alive in Blogworld.

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