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Month: June 2007

Funny: Silly Men

Men erecting bollardsHere’s a quick funny picture I’ve been sent. It’s a one where a couple of men are just “planting” road bollards to prevent people parking where they shouldn’t be.

However, it appears that whoever parked their van didn’t quite think things through. As the subject of the email I received this from said: “Great job with the new bollards lads, now… how are you getting home??”

Jaffa Cake Advert Song Revisited

Many thanks are due to Jo for the words of the Jaffa Cake Advert Song which went like:

Jaffa, Jaffa, Jaffa, Jaffa
Now listen general public for goodness sakes
my family they go crazy for these jaffa cakes,
like when I’m bouncing little baby on my knee,
the first words that he speak were ‘they’re orangey’,

My wife she say I’m crazy need to see a shrink,
he prescribed two a day with a nice hot drink,
it’s the spongey bit for granny she lose all control,
I can’t see it myself cos I like a fig roll.

If you are still reading this Jo, let me know which Amazon you’ll prefer to receive a voucher for (.uk, .com or other) and I’ll arrange for one to be sent to you.

Another £5 to anyone who can find a copy of the video online OR can find/upload an episode of the BBC’s Galloping Galaxies….

Free Directory Enquiries

Continuing on my theme of free phone thingies (ok, this is only the second post out of what looks like to be two), I just thought I’d let people know that they can get free UK directory enquiries. Yes, apart from the BT Online DQ service and services such as, you can also get free directory enquiries over the telephone. Just call 0800 118 3733 (aka 0800 118 FREE) and listen to the short advertisement and then just ask the nice automated service for the number you require. It’s operated by 118118 so your mileage may vary….

“Free” UK Speaking Clock

Did you know that in the UK you can get the latest time by calling 123 from most landlines – you’ll be put through to a speaking clock known officially as “Timeline”, but unofficially in the UK as “Tim the talking clock” (historically it was on the number 846 – TIM). It’s been available since July 24 1936 and is meant to be accurate within five thousandths of a second and has been sponsored by Accurist Watches since 1986 (see BT press release for details). You can sometimes reach it directly via the number 8081 as well.

Anyway, that’s usually charged by BT at 30p per minute: which is quite expensive. But did you know you could call The Telecommunications Heritage Group on 0845 092 8081 to listen to the time (and that should be charged at “local” rates, or via TelephonesUK on 0871 789 3642 at national rate (10p per minute) or – if you actually have free 01 or 02 calls in your calling plan – you can actually hear the latest time for free via 01352 83 8081 (if you don’t have a calling plan, it’ll be normal 01 rates).

The non-BT options use the voice of Pat Simmons who provided the voice to the official version between 1963 and 1985.