Things that can take longer to be delivered than expected.

Last Updated: April 14th, 2021

We keep banging on about the strange times we’re living in, but it’s true – the entire world has been shut down now for what seems like a lifetime and as such, we’ve all had to take our collective foot off the accelerator and accept a slightly slower pace of life as a consequence. 

That includes wine deliveries too. But we’ll get to that.

First, we thought it might be fun to check out a few things that can take slightly longer than normal to be delivered:

A baby 

No one knows how long it will take for a baby to be delivered. The average time is roughly 8 hours. But it can take anywhere from half an hour up to 75 days (as recorded by a lady in Poland). 

But when your baby does finally make its appearance, the purply pink, vernix-covered, screaming child is (almost) always going to make your day. 

A speech 

The longest speech ever delivered in front of the UN security council was set in 1957 by V.K. Krishna Menon, at just over 8 hours. He was defending India’s claim over the disputed territory of Kashmir at the time. 

But you probably won’t care hugely about that right now, so let’s amend this one slightly and say the impending speech from Downing Street announcing that lockdown is lifted. 

This already feels like an eternity, but when that speech is delivered, boy will it be met with glad tidings.

A cricket ball 

Usually delivered at a vast rate of knots, a cricket ball bowled during a match between Pakistan and New Zealand in 1992, by Aaqib Javed, was delivered so slowly, at just 24.85 mph, it meant that the batsman, Mark Greatbatch, couldn’t score any runs and was bowled out. 

(This one’s only really relevant if you’re into cricket, and support India. And yes, it’s slightly grasping at straws, but you get where we’re going with this… things that are normally delivered quickly are taking longer than normal to get there…) 

A letter 

If you’re excited about the prospect of the lockdown being lifted so you can go out to parties again, join the club. Excited doesn’t even begin to cover how we feel about the prospect of socialising with anyone other than immediate family, and the cat, again. 

So spare a thought for poor Percy who must have spent his entire life thinking he’d been NFIed from Buffy’s Boxing Day Party in 1919. 

What on earth are we on about? 

The Royal Mail may be quite an institution, but we all know they don’t have their sh*t together all of the time. A fact that became quite apparent in 2008 when Janet Barrett, owner of a guest house in Weymouth, Dorset, took delivery of Buffy’s invitation intended for Percy, some 89 years after it had been posted. #awkward

Your order from Pull The Cork 

OK, this won’t take 89 years to be delivered, but right now (and until we change couriers next week – we’re switching to DPD) it might take a little longer. So please bear with us as we work hard to get your order to you ASAP. 

As everyone has been adjusting to a new kind of normal, here at PTC we’ve had to figure out how to keep delivering your wine amid the chaos, as quickly as humanly possible. 

So thank you for your ongoing patience. 

We are pleased to say we have found a solution, and next day delivery will recommence as of the end of the month again

But right now it’s just not physically possible to guarantee it. Huge apologies for this, but hopefully you’ll understand that there are some things out with our control. 

Please bear with us. We’ll be back to normal (quick) deliveries very soon. 

For the time being, we are able to offer customers in South & West London a 2 day lead time for your wine delivery. For everyone else, if you want your booze for a particular date, ORDER IT AT LEAST 4 DAYS IN ADVANCE to be on the safe side. 

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