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Time travel? Alternate universe?

I started a randomly-checked out library book yesterday and the first few pages are so exciting! I suspect that it is a book about time travel or set in an alternate universe, although I don't think its author believes either of those things.

It's set sometime in the twenty-first century (someone says so). An American comes to visit an Englishman who is Lord of the Manor.

And guess how she lets him know what time her plane will be arriving? She sends a telegram!

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zcat_abroad
Sep. 2nd, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
We all know that there is no reception in English manor houses, the doors are all opened by butlers called Jeeves. Of course the only way to contact said house would be by telegram.

(Does anyone know how to send telegrams, anymore?)
owlfish
Sep. 2nd, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
There is a family of hereditary retainers, yes. Of course.

(By webpage, I think. Which is to say, the name still gets used. Western Union was a telegraph company, now better known for money transfer. But their webpage still says they do telegraphs too. As do various other countries, all of which probably limit just which countries they are willing to do hand-delivery to.)
gillpolack
Sep. 2nd, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
You type faster than me!

My offer of the U of T place was by telegram, I think.
gillpolack
Sep. 2nd, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
I used to know how to send telegrams. One picked up the phone. The last telegram I actually received, however, was in the 80s, so I no longer even know if there is a telegram number.

Technically, however, if telegrams still exist, one could text a telegram into existence. It could be printed and delivered in one of those rather fragile envelopes and the butler could get wildly excited abouta visitor.
lil_shepherd
Sep. 3rd, 2011 06:40 am (UTC)
I believe this is what happens (at least in the UK, though I suspect they are delivered by the postperson), but it is now done online, and not by phone. Telegrams are, apparently, just used for congratulations because, hey, it's traditional!