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A postcode at last

Compiled by SUBHASH JEYAN

TRISTAN DA CUNHA: Governor Mike Hetley with the first parcel. PHOTO: AP

TRISTAN DA CUNHA: Governor Mike Hetley with the first parcel. PHOTO: AP  

Tristan Da Cunha, the world's most remote inhabited island and an Overseas Territory of Britain, has a peculiar problem: Internet Bargains. Few online shopping firms would post goods to the island because it didn't have a postcode. The lack of a postcode has also led to letters bound for the volcanic island going astray, a situation perhaps exacerbated by the capital being called Edinburgh. But now Royal Mail has helped Tristan Da Cunha's 276 inhabitants move into the 21st Century by assigning the island its first postcode: TDCU 1ZZ. Mike Hentley, the island's governor, became the first resident to receive an internet order — a book about the history of the island from Amazon — by using the new postcode. Even with the postcode, delivering a package to the island will be a slow process as it is 2,800 miles from Cape Town by boat.