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Issue 18/2005, July 21 2005 (No. 192)
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I know a man who delivers papers in big West German city. He told me how he does his job in the early morning. I recorded his report which I pusblish here.

Nowadays one can get a vast amount of news via internet from servers from all over the world. The subscriber doesn't pick up his printed newspaper at the publishing house or at the newspaper kiosk. A newspaper deliverer throws the newspaper into the letterbox early in the morning. I am a paperman.
 
I use several aids to do my job: my bicycle, two panniers and a trailer. In one pannier is my little tool bag and my rainwear.

 

A bicycle with two panniers and a trailer
 
At half past three in the morning I arrive at a filling station, where I pick up my packages of newspapers. I take the packages to my bicycle. I cut the bands, which hold the papers together. I take off the polythene sheet, which shelters the papers from rain. Bands, polythene sheets and cover sheets are rubbish. I put my work gloves and most of the papers into the trailer. Then I shut the trailer.
 
Now I take a look at the cover sheet of the smallest package. On this cover sheet there is a list. All changes of the subscriptions are listed. I copy out those informations into my list of all subscribers. At last I put several issues of national newspapers into a pannier. Then I ride to the road, where I distribute the papers.  
 

Useful things for a paper man: work gloves, a knife, a ball pen and the list of all subscribers
 
Before I start to distribute, I put on the gloves. The gloves protect my hands from sharp edges of mail box slots and door mail slots. In winter they protect them from cold. I cut off the tips of the right glove.So I can better feel for the papers in the dark.
 

The inside of the work gloves
 
The gloves are tattered and full of holes. The inside is as black as night. The printing ink left its mark. I distribute about fifty thousand papers a year.

About the different noises a paper man hears, while he is doing his job.
 
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Thursday, July 29 2005


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