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    Posted on Jan 11, 2014

    Someone Sent A Letter To "The Independent" Written On A Piece Of Ham

    There are letters to the editor and then there are letters to the editor.

    Newspapers are used to getting SPAM comments, but never before has a letter been partially written on HAM. The Independent was also sent a slice of bread for good measure.

    We have a winner!! The most bizarre letter ever received @theipaper Anyone else had ham through the post?

    Rhodri Jones

    @jonesrhodri

    We have a winner!! The most bizarre letter ever received @theipaper Anyone else had ham through the post?

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    But there is a long tradition of corresponding with newspapers. It was what people did before Twitter existed.

    @psmith Northern Echo had a regular who sent scraps of paper with 30-40 word comments on the news. Like twitter ahead of its time.

    Phil Lambell

    @PhilLambell

    @psmith Northern Echo had a regular who sent scraps of paper with 30-40 word comments on the news. Like twitter ahead of its time.

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    Some people write letters so obsessively they become like old friends. Old, angry friends.

    @psmith we have someone who sends us missives every week, and who uses a ruler below their pen to write. It looks a bit terrifying.

    Alison Gow

    @alisongow

    @psmith we have someone who sends us missives every week, and who uses a ruler below their pen to write. It looks a bit terrifying.

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    Letters are good way to judge the public mood. You do a serious story, they send you sexy poems.

    @psmith In response to an article on cross-border taxation we received a self-published book of erotic poetry from a nice trans lady.

    Simon Elliott

    @simeonides

    @psmith In response to an article on cross-border taxation we received a self-published book of erotic poetry from a nice trans lady.

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    Or things about knickers.

    .@psmith when I worked on Birmingham papers we received a letter every week which always without fail referenced the word 'knickers'

    Kathryn Richards

    @KatRichsays

    .@psmith when I worked on Birmingham papers we received a letter every week which always without fail referenced the word 'knickers'

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    There is no limit to how long they can be.

    @julesmattsson @psmith This lady writes to us about Barnet FC fairly often but she really went all out with this one

    Daniel O'Brien

    @danobrien26

    @julesmattsson @psmith This lady writes to us about Barnet FC fairly often but she really went all out with this one

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    Serious letter writers branch out into faxes too. Extra points are given for the use of unusual stationery.

    @psmith not just the locals, we get a weekly fax at the same time with a different incomprehensible message on a car mechanic's letterhead

    Jules Mattsson@julesmattsson

    @psmith not just the locals, we get a weekly fax at the same time with a different incomprehensible message on a car mechanic's letterhead

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    Or purple ink.

    @psmith Doing PR for Foster's/Paul Hogan, I had a 20pp (purple-ink) letter threatening him with a choking-gas-vapour-gun.

    can-do comms

    @NickCanDo

    @psmith Doing PR for Foster's/Paul Hogan, I had a 20pp (purple-ink) letter threatening him with a choking-gas-vapour-gun.

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    You do get the occasional smart-arse.

    Then there's the open letter, highlighting important, pressing issues in the community, like NHS cuts, fire station closures... and biscuits.

    For some reason, people think that every newspaper has a gardening editor or an architecture correspondent (pro tip: they don't).

    A letter for our 'Gardening Editor'. I think the sender may have a skewed sense of the size of the @HarbMail team

    Ian O'Pray

    @IanOPray

    A letter for our 'Gardening Editor'. I think the sender may have a skewed sense of the size of the @HarbMail team

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    Readers see newspapers as a public service - it's the organ for their community. If you need info now, why not call and ask?

    @psmith When I was at the Sheffield Star a bloke rang me to ask if he could make it out to get his pension & back before it rained #tangent

    Neil Sharman

    @Sharmani

    @psmith When I was at the Sheffield Star a bloke rang me to ask if he could make it out to get his pension & back before it rained #tangent

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    And TV people get letters too of course.

    @psmith used to process the letters for the Home and Away UK fan club. One person wrote to every member of the cast, every week.

    Jonathan Gladwin

    @MrPew

    @psmith used to process the letters for the Home and Away UK fan club. One person wrote to every member of the cast, every week.

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    @psmith following on a similar theme Coronation St used to receive new glasses and cash for Jack Duckworth to replace his pair

    Jonathan Gladwin

    @MrPew

    @psmith following on a similar theme Coronation St used to receive new glasses and cash for Jack Duckworth to replace his pair

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    Poor old Jack.

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