I just got notification that my Nokia 8850 has been dispatched, along with the tracking identifier so I can work out where it is, and what’s happening to it.
Currently it’s in Hong Kong, awaiting international departure; I’d hope that it will make it to the UK by the weekend, clear customs on Monday, and perhaps arrive here just before the postal strike starts on Thursday next week. But that rather depends on whether it runs into the backlog of parcels that already exists in London from the existing one-day strikes that have been ongoing since mid-September.
If it does then I expect I won’t see it for quite a while.
Update 1: As of the 16th October, my Nokia 8850 is boarding a plane for the UK and leaving Hong Kong behind.