The Anonymous Widower

Graham Miller Doesn’t Exist Any More

Yesterday, I got a letter from the Inland Revenue and it used the name I have on my passport, which I’ve used since I met my late wife in 1967.

As Hackney Council have also finally got round to changing my name on the Electoral Roll, the only place that Graham Miller exists now is with junk mailers and cold callers, who bought it off a list from an old Electoral Roll.

So I can now bin all mail addressed to Graham and be rude or humorous to cold callers who ask for Graham, in addition to those who ask to speak to Mrs. Miller.

Incidentally, it should be a criminal offence to ask for someone who has died in a cold call.

March 24, 2015 - Posted by | World |


  1. I agree it should be illegal, but the call centres wouldn’t necessarily know that someone was dead. The Christie did a fundraising mail-shot, outsourced to some company who had massive mailing lists. And inevitably, some arrived on the mat of people who had died there as well as people whose relative had died there. It was rumoured that in once case a family arrived home from being with their relative when they died to find the letter there.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | March 24, 2015 | Reply

  2. Obviously, mistakes will happen, but I get at least five pieces of junk mail addressed to Graham a month and most is from the usual suspects of estate agents, mobile p[hone companies and junk food establishments.

    Wiuth modern automated systems, it would be quite easy to put an unsubscribe card in each mail-shot. I’m sure that in the case of the Christie they could have designed something that worked, was ethical and didn’t cost a fortune.

    Comment by AnonW | March 24, 2015 | Reply

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