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But I think it’s probably more to do with the fact that they are in my experience extremely user-unfriendly

Posted on 13 August 2010

But I think it’s probably more to do with the fact that they are, in my experience, extremely user-unfriendly. Perhaps it’s something to do with the fact that they lack the gee-whizz attraction of web pages. In effect, they are just newsletters that you receive by e-mail. The advantage, though, is that they cost the distributors virtually nothing in production and distribution, and that recipients only need an e-mail address rather than a web browser to use them. Suddenly, newsletters on any subject under the sun have become economically viable. And, as you’d expect, there are mailing lists that cover everything from Babylon 5 to cryogenics.It’s a pity, perhaps, that mailing lists have never really taken off in the way that, say, the web has. It’s just rather nice to know that somebody else wants to acknowledge that you’re out thereIf you haven’t come across mailing lists before (and that’s hardly surprising – they’re not the most user-friendly aspect of the Internet), they are exactly what their name suggests.

It really doesn’t matter that you’re corresponding with a computer, or that you are effectively receiving junk e-mail. Like it or loath it, there seems to be no way of avoiding junk mail, even on the internet

I’m going out on a limb here, but I have a suspicion that junk mail, like airline food, is one of that select group of things about which people moan, but secretly rather like.
Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I have a soft spot for Internet mailing lists. I didn’t have it for very long because it did run into so many problems. I was living in Streatham (south London) at the time and I think it just got left by the side of the road in the end.Jenny Agutter will be appearing in the Christmas production of `Peter Pan’ at the Royal National Theatre, London She was speaking to Louise Jury.. There was one occasion when I was going somewhere and I can’t remember why but Germaine Greer was in the car.

She’s quite a tall lady and she’d sort of folded herself in.We were going down into an underpass and the car wasn’t really working, but fortunately it picked up again when we went up the other side. You learnt all these tricks.With that car it was terribly important to park it on hills facing downhill, because you knew you would get some impetus to get going. This wire would come off the battery and it was happening all the time and I would have to get out and go and hit it.And people were always having to push-start me. I’ve had some good ones, but a run of really bad ones as well.The Fiat was constantly breaking down. It was little, about the smallest car you could get.
I can’t remember how much I would have paid for it – this was about 20 years ago – but it would probably have been about pounds 100 I always buy cars second-hand. And I bet it will still be running as sweetly in 50 years.Keith Gott 01420 544330 The Association of Rover Clubs – 0161 4568224..

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