Sir, – Yesterday I phoned a company in Belfast to order a small item.
The man who took the order asked for my postcode, which I gave him. After a pause, he told me that he couldn’t find that postcode on his system.
I told him I lived in Dublin. He replied, “Dublin? And what country would that be in?”
“Ireland”, I said.
Again, there was a pause and in a puzzled voice he repeated, “Dublin, Ireland. Dublin, Ireland.”
So I said, “Yes, it’s a hundred miles south of Belfast.”
After another brief pause, he exclaimed, “Oh, do you mean Éire?” – Yours, etc,