History UsefulNotes / BritishPostalAndTelephoneSystem

21st May '16 9:50:45 PM erforce
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** A later campaign involves Ray Parker Jr. and a re-written version of the theme tune to ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.

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** A later campaign involves Ray Parker Jr. and a re-written version of the theme tune to ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}''.
28th Oct '15 10:53:38 AM sabremeister
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Mail these days is characterised not only by class and weight, but also by size. If your envelope is above a certain thickness or size, it may be a Large Letter or a Parcel. Handy measuring guides are provided to people at homes and in post offices to help.

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Mail these days is characterised not only by class and weight, but also by size. If your envelope is above a certain thickness or size, it may be a Large Letter or a Parcel.Packet. Handy measuring guides are provided to people at homes and in post offices to help.
3rd Jun '15 2:14:28 AM Trialman
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** Their current campaign involves Ray Parker Jr. and a re-written version of the theme tune to ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.

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** Their current A later campaign involves Ray Parker Jr. and a re-written version of the theme tune to ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.



** Actually, 911 does work, having been introduced fairly recently due to studies showing some people had [[EaglelandOsmosis obviously been watching too much American television.]]

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** Actually, 911 does work, having been introduced fairly recently later than the other numbers due to studies showing some people had [[EaglelandOsmosis obviously been watching too much American television.]]



** Because this number is still new and begins with '1' (which normally leads into premium numbers such as the directory enquiry numbers above) it tends to be, rather amusingly, barred by many phone lines with restrictions, as most people haven't thought to make an exception to this particular number. This can lead to rather frustrating searches for the local constabulary number, which normally involves translating the international number back into a local number and then sitting through a recorded message suggesting that you use '101' before finally being connected.

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** Because this number is still new and begins with '1' (which normally leads into premium numbers such as the directory enquiry numbers above) it tends to be, rather amusingly, barred by many phone lines with restrictions, as most many people haven't thought didn't think to make an exception to this particular number. This can lead to rather frustrating searches for the local constabulary number, which normally involves translating the international number back into a local number and then sitting through a recorded message suggesting that you use '101' before finally being connected.
28th Oct '14 4:18:10 PM LongLiveHumour
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Probably the most famous postcode area is "W12" (Shepherd's Bush and White City in London) as this is where TheBBC Television Centre is located, and for generations people have been hearing "send a stamped address envelope to (something, something) London W12" on BBC programmes asking you to write in. This is parodied in ''TopGear'' where the presenters pretend to show a CowboyBebopAtHisComputer understanding of the Internet by asking people to email them at "Top Gear @ BBC Dot Internet Dot Website Slash...London W12."

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Probably the most famous postcode area is "W12" (Shepherd's Bush and White City in London) as this is where TheBBC Creator/TheBBC Television Centre is located, and for generations people have been hearing "send a stamped address envelope to (something, something) London W12" on BBC programmes asking you to write in. This is parodied in ''TopGear'' where the presenters pretend to show a CowboyBebopAtHisComputer understanding of the Internet by asking people to email them at "Top Gear @ BBC Dot Internet Dot Website Slash...London W12."
9th May '14 12:56:14 AM Pigeon_
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** Which has the amusing result that dialling 01234567890 will indeed connect you to someone who wishes it didn't.


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0843 numbers are used by telephone spammers. If your landline has Caller ID and it shows an incoming call from an 0843 number, don't answer it.
7th May '14 5:08:39 AM LongLiveHumour
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* 028- all of StrokeCountry

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* 028- all of StrokeCountry[[UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland StrokeCountry]]
4th Nov '13 2:27:01 PM nombretomado
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''TheBill'' tends to use 020 7515/7511 XXXX for numbers in Sun Hill.

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''TheBill'' ''Series/TheBill'' tends to use 020 7515/7511 XXXX for numbers in Sun Hill.
23rd Jul '13 2:48:05 PM Kinitawowi
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Most British phone numbers are 11 digits. They all begin with 0, with the other digits for local calls and other numbers.

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Most British phone numbers are 11 digits.digits [[note]]the most notable exception may be the 8-digit 0800 1111, used by Childline[[/note]]. They all begin with 0, with the other digits for local calls and other numbers.
23rd Jul '13 1:59:10 PM DriftingSkies
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Postboxes are red, and come in a variety of shapes with the collection times printed on them. In more rural areas, they are sometimes embedded into walls. They all have "E II R" on the front of them for "Elizabeth II Regina" [[hottip:!:except in Scotland as the current Queen Elizabeth is the first to reign over Scotland with that name, the other predated (and was the cause of) the union of the crowns]]. There are still some about with "G VI R" for "George VI Rex" from when George VI was king (1936-52), and a few even older - you can occasionally even see VR for "Victoria Regina".

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Postboxes are red, and come in a variety of shapes with the collection times printed on them. In more rural areas, they are sometimes embedded into walls. They all have "E II R" on the front of them for "Elizabeth II Regina" [[hottip:!:except [[note]]except in Scotland as the current Queen Elizabeth is the first to reign over Scotland with that name, the other predated (and was the cause of) the union of the crowns]].crowns[[/note]]. There are still some about with "G VI R" for "George VI Rex" from when George VI was king (1936-52), and a few even older - you can occasionally even see VR for "Victoria Regina".



The UK Office of Communications recommends the area code 01632 (0632 was formerly used by the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, hence 63 NE, before it outgrew the available numbers [[hottip:*:Newcastle's area code was changed to 091 in the 1980s and is currently 0191]]) for fictional telephone numbers, and most large cities reserve a range of numbers (usually beginning with 4960) for location-specific fictitious telephone numbers. There actually is an 01555 area code, for Lanark in Scotland.

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The UK Office of Communications recommends the area code 01632 (0632 was formerly used by the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, hence 63 NE, before it outgrew the available numbers [[hottip:*:Newcastle's [[note]]Newcastle's area code was changed to 091 in the 1980s and is currently 0191]]) 0191[[/note]]) for fictional telephone numbers, and most large cities reserve a range of numbers (usually beginning with 4960) for location-specific fictitious telephone numbers. There actually is an 01555 area code, for Lanark in Scotland.
7th Jun '13 11:55:05 AM SkArcher
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* 111 will put you through to 'NHS 111' non-emergency medical queries service (formerly known as NHS direct).
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