My first email? [<img

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 Among my weirdest emails ever? As something of an aside, I think

this remains of the weirdest emails I’ve ever received: From: Estates Sent: 2013 Subject: Death, Dying and Disposal Conference Short title: Delivery of Coffins to Jennie Lee Building for the Death, Dying and Disposal Conference. Type of work taking place: Unloading of coffin and memorial exhibits to Jennie Lee Nexus, ground floor, from lorry parked on Walton Hall Drive – 8am Thursday 5 September 2013. Loading of coffins to lorry parked on Walton Hall Drive 10am Monday 9th September 2013. Areas affected: Walton Hall Drive leading to Walton Hall and Jennie Lee Nexus. Date work commences: 8am Thursday 5th September 2013. Date of completion: 11am Monday 9th September 2013. Date of notice: Tuesday 3rd September 2013. Who affected: Staff, Contractors and Visitors using Jennie Lee Building and Walton Hall Drive. Alternative arrangements: Staff are reminded to comply with any signage, barriers or other instructions issued whilst work is in progress. Accessible routes:  All areas accessible. Specific health & safety precautions: Please comply with any directions, signals and signage and do not cross any barriers. Details: On Thursday 5th September a number of coffins will be delivered to Jennie Lee Nexus for an exhibition.  The delivery lorry will park on Walton Hall Drive on the Jennie Lee Nexus side. On Monday 9th September 2013 they will be collected by lorry from Jennie Lee Nexus. OU colleagues are welcome to visit the two exhibitions.  Please see attached for further details.


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