History UsefulNotes / BritishPostalAndTelephoneSystem

16th Aug '17 8:55:48 AM LentilSandEater
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To call into the United Kingdom, use its international code 44, but omit the first zero.
* (The zero is really an escape code, signalling that what comes next is not a local number; as if North American area codes were considered to all begin with 1.)

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To call into the United Kingdom, use its international code 44, but omit the first zero.
* (The
zero. The zero is really an escape code, signalling that what comes next is not a local number; as if North American area codes were considered to all begin with 1.)
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* 01234 - Bedford
** Which has the amusing result that dialling 01234567890 will indeed connect you to someone who wishes it didn't.

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* 01234 - Bedford
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Bedford. Which has the amusing result that dialling 01234567890 will indeed connect you to someone who wishes it didn't.



* 020- London (or most of that area).
** London's phone code has altered a fair bit. Until 1990 it was 01. It was then split into 071 (Inner London) and 081 (Outer London). 1994 saw them become 0171 and 0181. In 2001, these numbers were merged to become the new 020 code (to increase capacity), with 0171 numbers becoming 020 7 and 0181 becoming 020 8. However, many people still write them as 0207 and 0208, which caused confusion when 0203 numbers arrived.

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* 020- London (or most of that area).
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area). London's phone code has altered a fair bit. Until 1990 it was 01. It was then split into 071 (Inner London) and 081 (Outer London). 1994 saw them become 0171 and 0181. In 2001, these numbers were merged to become the new 020 code (to increase capacity), with 0171 numbers becoming 020 7 and 0181 becoming 020 8. However, many people still write them as 0207 and 0208, which caused confusion when 0203 numbers arrived.
21st Jan '17 7:33:06 AM faunas
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* 999 is the emergency number; Europe in general uses 112; North America, however, uses 911.
** 112 works in Britain as well, though, but 911 doesn't.
** Actually, 911 does work, having been introduced later than the other numbers due to studies showing some people had [[EaglelandOsmosis obviously been watching too much American television.]]
** All three will work off of mobile phones, as most software manufacturers program this feature in so the phones will work across more than one nation.
* 101 is used in some areas as a non-emergency Police number. This has yet to be taken nationwide, however.
** Because this number 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 many people didn't think to make an exception to this particular number. This 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.
* 111 will put you through to 'NHS 111' non-emergency medical queries service (formerly known as NHS direct).

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999 is the emergency number; Europe in general uses 112; North America, however, uses 911.
** * 112 works in Britain as well, though, but 911 doesn't.
** * Actually, 911 does work, having been introduced later than the other numbers due to studies showing some people had [[EaglelandOsmosis obviously been watching too much American television.]]
** * All three will work off of mobile phones, as most software manufacturers program this feature in so the phones will work across more than one nation.
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nation.

101 is used in some areas as a non-emergency Police number. This has yet to be taken nationwide, however.
** * Because this number 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 many people didn't think to make an exception to this particular number. This 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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connected.

111 will put you through to 'NHS 111' non-emergency medical queries service (formerly known as NHS direct).
23rd Sep '16 1:23:44 PM Kitchen90
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Anyone who watched ''Film/HarryPotter'' will know there's no post on Sunday.

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Anyone who watched ''Film/HarryPotter'' is a fan of the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series will know there's no post on Sunday.
Sunday. There is also no post on Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Bank Holidays.
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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Added DiffLines:

** 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.
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