Now admittedly I often stuff all their advertising material back into the postage-paid envelope and post it back to them, sometimes with a kindly
"No thank you, I thought you might like this back so that you can re-cycle it"
But even I had never thought of using their own envelope to post a brick back to them, thereby helping to increase the profits of the Post Office while depleting the coffers of the junk mailers.
The very idea of posting bricks to people reminded me of something that happened a good few years ago. When I was at university, I did actually mail a brick to a friend who lived less than a mile away . . . to cheer her up!
The idea came about because she was upset that her 21st birthday was coming up and she didn't think she would get any presents on the actual day. So I organised a solution to the problem. I found a nice clean new brick somewhere, painted it white and set about finding people to help pay for the mad and extravagant scheme.
I asked everyone I could find who knew her to pay 5 pence to sign the brick. The donations just covered the cost with a few coins to spare, and these were put in the holes in the brick so that it made a sort of jingling sound. At the time I think I remember that it cost just over £2 to post it to an address less than a mile away.
The man in the post office seemed to think I was mad - perhaps he was right. :)
Amazingly the photo survives to this day and although it is not perfect quality I was able to scan it.
Small note: I wonder whether Janet still has this?