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Since we're sort of on the topic of movies, have you ever seen "Il Postino" (aka, The Postman)? The movie might be over 20 years old, but it's a magical one, featuring a postman as the central character. Timeout's synopsis is pretty spot on:

Il Postino poster
"When, in 1952, the exiled Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda (Noiret) takes up residence in a house on a quiet little island off the Neapolitan coast, the fan mail he receives is so copious that the postmaster hires Mario (Troisi), the none too bright son of a local fisherman, to deliver the celebrity's mail. At first, Mario is simply star-struck by Neruda, who responds with understandable wariness to the postman's gauche attempts at conversation; soon, however, he's teaching Mario about metaphors, and when the postman falls for Beatrice (Cucinotta), a lovely but rather aloof barmaid, the poet agrees to try to help him win her with words. Inspired by an incident in Neruda's life, the story's engaging blend of easy humour and sunny romance takes hold from the start and never lets go. Much of its seductive charm derives from the excellence of the leads: Noiret does his gruff but malleable turn to perfection, while Troisi (who died soon after filming finished) exudes a simplicity of heart, mind and soul that never seems excessively sentimental. Mercifully, Radford avoids making the small peasant community too glamorously Arcadian. Old-fashioned it may be, but it knocks the spots off pap like Cinema Paradiso."

And here's the trailer, if you'd like to have a look:

So that's our suggestion for your weekend entertainment! Do you have other mail-themed movies we should check out? Let us know in the comments!

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We saw this delightful video on Ilona's (aka MissiveMaven)'s blog and just had to share it. Hurray for cats and mail!

Now wasn't that a 13-minute break well spent? 🐈 📮!

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It's no secret we're big fans of the behind-the-scenes part of postal delivery (see here, here or here). Russell (aka SonOfBilly) from New Zealand, spotted this love of ours and sent us this video by New Zealand Post:

That put a huge smile on our faces! Samson's enthusiasm is contagious, and pretty much a mirror of our own delight when we see these videos. Keep them coming! 😊

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Late last year, Deutsche Post and Berlin's Museum for Communications launched a video competition themed "Why do we still write letters?", where people could post videos explaining the charm of written mail. They got over 400 video submissions, which you can see on their YouTube channel. They're sweet, touching stories of why we still put pen to paper to write to to each other.

We only heard about the competition once it was over, but were happily surprised to find a video about Postcrossing among the entries! Have a look:

Johannes (aka joze-post) made this charming video, which does a great job of portraying the randomness of Postcrossing. He didn't win the competition... but he stole our hearts with the cheerful music and fun details about some of the postcards. Well done Johannes! :)

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Earlier this week, RTÉ (Ireland's national broadcaster) aired part two of a six-part documentary about the Dublin's General Post Office. The series, told in weekly episodes, revolves around the iconic building and includes stories from many of the people who use it on a daily basis. Here's the synopsis:

"Best known as the headquarters of the 1916 Rising, the GPO has been at the heart of Irish life for 200 years. Inside the GPO goes behind the scenes at Ireland's busiest post office; home to 950 staff, a microcosm of Irish society, and caretaker of letters, parcels, hopes and stories."

Well... postcrossers do visit post offices rather often, so it's only natural that a group of enthusiastic Irish postcrossers were picked to be featured on the documentary!

Inside the GPO

Sitting down in a café with their stamps and postcards, Nora (aka ned44440), John (aka jr11577), Claudia (aka chrissybaby) and Kodzos (aka kodzos) braved the cameras and did an excellent job representing the Irish Postcrossing community. Well done guys!

Inside the GPO

You can see the segment (until April 21st) at http://www.rte.ie/player/is/show/inside-the-gpo-30003923/10549881. This is the second part of this series — the first one can be seen here.
If you like it so far, do follow RTÉ's website for the next episodes!

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