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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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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!