to think that almost 14 years after

(151 Posts)
FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:27:25

the area code for London changed to 020, there seems to be a ridiculous number of total idiots people who still can't get it right?

The code is NOT 0207 or 0208 FFS, it is 020 followed by an 8 digit telephone number. For example, my number starts 020 3xxx xxxx, where the fuck is the 7 or 8 in that then? If I want to dial a number within London I will dial 7xxx xxxx, 3xxx xxxx or 8xxx xxxx. The 020 is irrelevant you inefficient twats

I have seen four, FOUR, brand new shops/restaurants this morning whose twattishness have ordered sign writers to do the 0207/0208 thing. Why? What's so fucking difficult.

AIBU to think they're all idiots?

AIBU to get the RAGE?*

* this one I know I am, but I will continue to do so I fear.

NorbertDentressangle Mon 29-Apr-13 13:30:31

<backs out carefully>

TheWave Mon 29-Apr-13 13:30:42

YANBU. This really annoys me too. Has always done so. It is not logical to speak it or write it that way.

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:32:57

Norbert, you only need to back out if you're guilty grin. I'm pretty tame usually. I've just had the most ridiculous phone call trying to give my number and the stupid person at the end of the line would NOT believe I didn't have the 7 or 8, hence my rage.

TheWave, thank you, I'm glad it's not just me.

TheWave Mon 29-Apr-13 13:34:25

Just practice it. 020 lalalala lalalala.

Bit like the kg lb nonsense tho. It's been g and kg for all of their lives for everyone up to say the age of 55? Journalists I am looking at you particularly.

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:36:13

Don't get me started on that one too!

I, when asked for my number, like to baffle the thickos by leaving the 020 off, that really throws them grin

NorbertDentressangle Mon 29-Apr-13 13:37:29

No, not guilty! Honest.

Its just the combination of your user name and your rant was a bit scary and I didn't feel qualified to comment as I've not had any experience of London nos. TBH! grin

Fenton Mon 29-Apr-13 13:37:55

Ah, I get it, so your dialing code is 0203 then?


FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:38:24


I'm soft really, honest!

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:39:01

<shoots Fenton>

<amends lists of friends>

Fenton Mon 29-Apr-13 13:40:12

This will make you feel calmer, - especially point 8.


FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:43:44

<covers wound and re adds to list>

Fenton Mon 29-Apr-13 13:45:18


and this

In fact, I'm wondering whether you are the author..

0203 Numbers

In the UK, an 0203 number is a normal landline phone number within the London (020) area code.

Any UK number beginning with 020 is a London number. The '020' area code at the beginning is optional if you're dialling from one London 020 landline phone to another.

0203, 0207, 0208 or 020?

There is no 0203 area code. London has a single city-wide area code of 020, used with eight-digit local numbers.

The correct way to write a number beginning '0203' is (020) 3xxx xxxx, as this clearly distinguishes the optional 020 area code from the eight digit local phone number. (Why this matters...)

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:47:37

Yes, I could have quite easily written that! I must confess to snorting with a degree of derision when I see yet another new sign go up with it done incorrectly, especially when it's an estate agent one. You'd think they'd know, but they don't. Idiots.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 13:55:39

I didn't realise you could leave off the 020 bit if you were calling someone in the same area as you blush I'm going to try that later. [sadperson]

I don't know why I didn't realise that. I'm old enough to remember 01 for London and you could do that then.

AmberLeaf Mon 29-Apr-13 13:55:45

I know that that is the correct way, my head it is wrong!

If I say my number I say...'0208...XXX XXXX'

Can't help it sorry!

I think it is because that was how I said my number before they introduced all the 7 and 8 business.

When they started all that, it was not a 7 or 8 added to the front of your number.

I sometimes see signs still up with 071 XXX XXXX or 081 XXX XXXX, I think that's pretty bad!

AmberLeaf Mon 29-Apr-13 13:58:24

or was it 0181---0171, in fact I think it may have been both.

BTW I don't like those 0203 numbers, I can't tell where people are geographically from them, unlike with the 7-8 numbers [inner-outer London]

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:58:40

Thats the spirit limited.

Amber I am terribly disappointed in you. Though you get half a mark for the 0171/0181 criticism.

kim147 Mon 29-Apr-13 14:00:07

Does this affect people who don't live in London grin
It must bug you if you live there.

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 14:01:24

Yes! This has annoyed me for years.

Especially on sighs in shops in LONDON where you think they would know.

And when people say the number wrong and say 0208 or 0207 instead of 020 PAUSE and then the rest of the number.

I am so glad I am not alone in my sad and pointless ranting (even more sad and pointless for me as I don't even live in London).

I saw a sign some time ago with 01. I also remember the BT ads with Maureen LIpman when they changed the numbers and had to educate the populace. <loser>

MyNameIsAnAnagram Mon 29-Apr-13 14:01:45

Yanbu. I live in a city with a 4 digit code, then most of the numbers start with 2. But mine doesn't, it starts with a 3, the amount of people who just cannot get that into their heads is so annoying!

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 14:02:50

I like to grapple with new technology fts. It staves off Alzheimer's.

There's a shop near me with an 071 number on its sign. Maybe it's a lucky charm and they're scared that that if they replace it they'll go bust.

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 14:03:08

The numbers changed to 0171 and 0181 in 1995. 0171 was central London, and those areas immediately south of the river - Battersea, Waterloo etc. Then I did indeed have to use the 0181 code to ring London pretenders wink, and people would pay BT to have an 0171 number if they lived in Clapham, for example!

Today it is to unusual for an 020 7xxx xxxx number to be given to a line that is not in the inner London ring, though the 020 3xxx xxxx is now the usual number for a new line, to confuse people like you grin

GrandPoohBah Mon 29-Apr-13 14:03:23

Agreed. It makes me angry too, it's really not rocket science.

But I dislike the 3xxx xxxx numbers as well, for the same reason as above - you can't tell where it is.

my number is 020 3xxx xxxx

No one ever believes me. They keep saying "so its 0208 3xxx xxxx

no. no it is NOT. Theres no 8. Theres no 7

it is 020 3

I know this because it IS MY FUCKING NUMBER.

lynniep Mon 29-Apr-13 14:04:17

LOL. This would give me the rage too! Except that I don't live in London anymore so I don't have to get all cross about it smile

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 14:04:39

No Kim it doesn't!

Gerrof thank fuck for people like you I say!

Funnily enough I saw an 01 sign the other day. It looked well odd after all these years.

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 14:06:31

Tantrums I love you too. I'm a 3xxx xxxx number too. I may have said 'I know my own fucking number' once or a dozen times after losing my patience.

Me too, me too! I hate it! I thought I was the only one who noticed.
I take great pleasure in leaving off the 020 when I dial a London number.

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 14:07:16

Haha did people really pay BT to have an 071 number?

I remember that was the premise of the BT ad - people would get all snooty if they realised that they lived in an 081 suburban outer London area rather than the 071 central London area.

AmberLeaf Mon 29-Apr-13 14:10:04

Thing is, if yousay your number to a London person you may say...8XXX XXXX, but if you say it to a non local person [channels royston vasey] then you say the 020 bit just DOES NOT flow to pause between the 020 bit, it just doesn't!

I know I am technically wrong, but to me its like gateux is spelled like that...but you say gattow IYSWIM.

When did it change to 071-081?

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 14:18:37

1990 it changed to 071/081
1995 to 0171/0181
1999 to 020

Yes Getorf, they absolutely did. My late ex-husband's cousin lived just off Clapham Common Southside and was devastated (seriously, I shit you not) and paid for the 071 number. I know of a fair few that did.

But gateaux is French plural for cakes, gateau is the singular. The French rarely finish off the sound of the word as it's spelled, and in Spanish you pronounce pretty much everything IYKWIM.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 14:21:43

I remember they changed the codes from 071 and 081 to 0171 and 0181 really quickly.

A very anal colleague was beyond angry at this because he had to buy new pages for his diary and rewrite all the addresses in his exquisite black fountain pen handwriting.

He couldn't bring himself to tippex over like everyone else. He had other issues like having cleaning spray and wipes for his desk and phone and he used to spend a fortune at the dry cleaners. Weirdly for a neat freak, he used to go to prostitutes too and he liked the obvious ones.

All I'm saying is that you can take this phone number thing too far...

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 14:23:53

getorf lots of Hampstead is 020 8... Some people there insisted on being 071

Trill Mon 29-Apr-13 14:24:57

I think YAB silly

Nobody says "my number is 891 999081, do they? Even though we all know that mobile numbers begin with 07.

I do remember 0181 811 8181 grin

(please don't call that number, I have no idea who it is)

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 14:27:43

lol at people from Clapham and Hampstead paying extra, I wouldn't be surprised if BT had created that advert to drum up that snobbish feeling. grin

I can't believe it was 1990. I can remember that advert like it was yesterday (why, god, why? Why can't I remember important things?). I was 12.

It does make me laugh that those people with shop signs still saying 01 have not bothered changing those signs for 24 years. grin

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 14:27:52

Ooh, I see the 071 and 081 codes lasted five years. I thought it changed much more quickly than that.

The other thing Mr Neatfreak used to do was memorise dialling codes for areas of the country. So if someone mentioned Nuneaton he'd shout: 'Nuneaton? That's 0...'

It's a life skill but not much of one.

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 14:27:55

Yes Trills, but I'm talking about dialling numbers within London. To dial any mobile one HAS to start with 07, wherever one is.

0181 811 8181 was Saturday Superstore. The postcode for comps was W12 8QT. Stuck in our heads forever!

Trill Mon 29-Apr-13 14:28:25

Maybe I misunderstood there - it looked like you were saying that there was not need to write the "02" part at all... and that sign writers should just write the numbers that come after 02.

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 14:28:33

OOOH don't get me started on people who say mobile numbers wrong.

it is 07989 123 456

NOT 0798 9123 456 or any other variant.

Trill Mon 29-Apr-13 14:28:56

I thought 0181 811 8181 was Live and Kicking

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 14:29:07

Ha Getorf - I posted something on FB earlier saying that 1990 was actually only ten years ago! EVERYONE has agreed with me so I'm right grin

Trill Mon 29-Apr-13 14:29:23

I agree GetOrf - I can't remember numbers unless you tell them to me in the right pattern.

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 14:30:38

Going Live, that's right. But it was also Saturday Superstore and Swap Shop as well.

No Trills, I mean the signs written 0207 xxx xxxx are WRONG.

Trill Mon 29-Apr-13 14:31:13

One day someone is going to get a missed call from an unknown number, google it, and end up here.

Sorry person-from-the-future - we are just making up numbers to illustrate the correct way to say a phone number. We don't know who called you.

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 14:32:04


GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 14:32:37

It was MUCH better in the age of Mitfords.

You could just say Kensington 856 and people could judge where you lived with ease.

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 14:33:07

Zackly Getorf.

Trill Mon 29-Apr-13 14:33:23

I don't know my landline number. Nobody does. We only have it because the internet insisted.

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 14:33:39

1990 was only 10 years ago.

And then you do the sums and think oh fuck...

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 14:34:36

I have got a really cool landline number, really easy to remember, but we never use it and the phone plugged in it is always turned off.

Who uses landlines nowadays apart from older folk?

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 14:34:50


I have never used that word before in my life.

I thought it was 01??? northern person

Tee2072 Mon 29-Apr-13 14:39:46

I had the opposite problem when I moved to Belfast.

All Belfast numbers start with 90 but I wasn't told that.

When I started as a PA people would say 'it's Belfast, 23 4567' and I didn't know I had to dial the 90. I couldn't figure out why none of my calls were going through until I mentioned I thought there was something wrong with our phones at work and it was explained to me.

Lisburn is, I think, 92, in case anyone is wondering.

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 14:39:50

Folk? FOLK? You're meant to be younger than me FGS!

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 14:44:24


I have never used that word before.

I blame Joanna Trollope.

LemonEmmaP Mon 29-Apr-13 14:44:24

I've got 0181 811 8055 stuck in my head - what was that for?

Anyway, I share your rage. When the 020 numbers came in in 2000, our phone number already had loads of 8s in it, so we had all sorts of problems with people unable to understand our new number. It took the form of 020 88X8 8Y88, which was easiest said as 020 88X 88Y 88. I know that's not the 'right' way to say it, but it was just so much simpler!

Just to add to the mix, the local dry cleaners' number was 020 88X8 88Y8, and we used to have all sorts of fun and games trying to explain to the caller that they had the right numbers but in the wrong order.

Solution - we moved.

AmberLeaf Mon 29-Apr-13 14:47:05

Yes, my cake analogy was shit.

I remember the 811 8181 number! I remeber it when it was 01 811 8181!

The thing about people paying more for 0171 numbers is funny, over my neck of the woods, if you had a 0171 number, it meant you lived in the 'ghetto' part! and 0181 was definitely more desirable.

I find the saying mobile numbers much more annoying, I say them 07939 then XXX XXX NOT 07939 XX XX XX

Fenton Mon 29-Apr-13 14:48:45

My Dad still answers the phone not with 'hello' but 'town-4 digit number'

In fact when we lived in The Seaside Town With A Bad Name he just used to just say the number, but when we moved to The Naice Parish to the West of The Seaside Town (let's call it Pagwatch) he insisted on answering with his very best telephone voice "Pagwatch 9843"

such a snob grin

zoobaby Mon 29-Apr-13 14:51:04

Doesn't the 3 signify that you're signed with a provider using VOIP? Or your phone is digital or something? At least that's how it was explained when my work switched over. When speaking with most people we NEVER leave the 020 off and tend to phrase it as 0203 xxx rather than 020 3xxx because then you avoid the 5 min conversation about you missing digits off, or surely it's really 0207 3.

Ho-hum. Them's the breaks.

zoobaby Mon 29-Apr-13 14:53:54

So, I humbly apologise that my work is perpetuating this.

BreatheandFlyAway Mon 29-Apr-13 15:08:05

What I can't understand is, given that 020 is the general prefix for London followed by 8 digit numbers, why the hell we couldn't have got 01 back as the prefix at that stage?

Why 020?!? Why not 01 3567 6543? (Eg) then there'd be no anguish and confusion for the 3ers as everyone would know, from clear historical context, that 01 was a prefix.

And we'd have 01 back! I still mourn it sad 020 in my view has no soul, no character and no history!

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 15:12:28

The thing about 1990...

I was in a meeting, in 1999, so only a few years ago wink, where we had to come up with candidates for Man (Person) of the Millennium.

Someone blurted out: 'I know. Jesus.'

He was quite senior. We underlings shuffled for a while until someone said he might want to rethink it. The most senior person in the room said: 'Yeah, maybe we shouldn't bring religion into it.'

More shuffling until the person said he meant that Jesus was from the millennium before. And then the most senior people, who all earned a lot more than us, were shocked to discover that there were indeed other millennia, yea going back unto the dawn of time...

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 15:14:39

Oh dear Limited, that's quite sad (in a teenspeak way).

Breathe, I have a feeling that someone from BT did actually say when we changed for the 3rd time, that really hey should have done that in the first place and kept the 01.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 15:18:54

Oi. I used my landline only a few minutes ago. It is also a cool number but I prefer the word trendy because I am too old for cool.

btw saying cool marks you out as old but a bit younger than me.

I watched a 70-odd year old film recently and an actress used the word 'ridic' for ridiculous, which was probably very cool and trendy in the world of the horse-drawn omnibus.

It might be all the go again because I've heard young people today using it but I don't hear that well any more so I could be wrong.

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 15:21:13

And did you knock off the 020, that is all I am concerned about!?

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 15:23:00

Oh my lord limited.

I actually don't like 02 numbers (not just London, Southampton and Cardiff and other places I can't remember). They look Wrong.

I also don't like 011 number. Bristol's dialling code (0117) looks rubbish.

Trill Mon 29-Apr-13 15:24:01

If I were to dial your number from my mobile, I would need to dial the 020 part, even if I were right outside your door.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 15:24:02

Fenton my MIL does that. She also lives in a seaside town. It has a Butlins but it's still naice if you keep away from that end grin

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 15:24:45

I remember watching a period drama (Jude the Obscure) and Kate Winslet said 'oh stop intellectualising' when she was stark bollock naked.

Anyway the whole cinema laughed, I am not sure at her saying such an anachronistic word or saying it with her boobs out when next to Christopher Ecclestone.

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 15:25:57

Seaside towns have their own little dramas and snobberies. Where I come from (Ilfracombe) we generally loathed the village next door (Combe Martin) without knowing why. Probably to do with some smuggling scandal from the late 1700s.

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 15:27:22

I say 'groove' or (worse) 'groove armada' to mean something trendy and it winds my daughter up. Good.

I don't actually say the word trendy though. That is nearly as bad as the word snazzy. And Leslie Crowther (RIP) said that word on the Price is Right.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 15:27:27

They called me. Embarrassingly I've just realised that I didn't press the red button when I finished the call so it tied up their phone (it did, didn't it?). That is such an old lady thing to do.

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 15:29:42

Trills, yes of course you would as is the case when I have to dial any number that doesn't have the same area code/is a mobile number.

Limited - yep, my teens say ridic (well the girls do). Apparently if something is cool or trendy it can be described as sick. But sick also means awesome. I get a translation for these things every once in a while.

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 15:30:55

GetOrf - the whole bloody point of having children is to piss them off/wind them up when they become teenagers. I have found that the ages of 14-16 are best for this. DD3 is screwed when her time comes.

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 15:32:41

bad things are also 'cat' in teenland.

And other hideous words which I refuse to remember but which make me shout 'don't USE that word'

And she takes the piss out of me for saying the word ghastly, ffs.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 15:32:57

Snazzy grin. And slacks. I used to be embarrassed to use the word 'disco' but felt a bit of a fraud saying 'club'. I felt a fraud saying 'gig' as well and used to talk about going to Jam concerts.

Luckily, advanced age has put paid to that dilemma.

I think now would be the appropriate time to confess I sent off for the Which? Guide to Smart Phones the other day.

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 15:33:08

Yes, dd is 17 now and doesn't get half as wound up by me as she used to sad

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 15:35:40

I ignore them a lot of the time and refuse to reply to any text that has text speak in it. That totally fucks them off. I love it.

I hear you with disco, but do so gig. I'd keep the Which? One quiet though...

notsoyoniface Mon 29-Apr-13 15:35:49

Oh dear, I had to give a London number to someone today and did the 0208 then the number blush but where I live the area code is 0118 so it's kind of habitual to say a phone number like that. I must have sounded like a right wally.

Fenton Mon 29-Apr-13 15:35:55

limitedperiod ours has a Butlins too, should I be on the look out for your MiL? grin

EarnestDullard Mon 29-Apr-13 15:36:11

I remember when the number to call for Going Live changed from 081 811 8181 to 0181 811 8181. Or was it Live and Kicking by then?

I have an 0207 number. I've lived in London 6 years but I have no idea which part is what so I just reel off the whole thing if asked. Didn't realise I might be working people up into a rage by doing so grin

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 29-Apr-13 15:38:50

Well I don't care because I never call anyone in London grin

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 15:39:32

Yes, Earnest, but NOW you know.

I don't reply to any texts that have "txt spk" in it.

Actually ds1 has text me 3 times today saying Ftbl @ 4. Can u pik me up 6? Kl yh?

I have not replied. Mainly because I have only the vaguest idea what it means. But also because I have said 400 times if you text me use actual words. So looks like he will be taking the bus.

I hate the word "butters" and "peng"
And loads of others that I don't want to remember.
Although I have found the best way to stop the teenage children saying it, is to use the words very loudly in front of their friends.

Sick, innit blud.

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 15:45:06

PENG oh god that word is awful.

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 15:45:56

Do you know what I found out?

One of dd's friends text 'cheers hun xx' at the end of a text to her.

DD didn't understand my rage whatsoever.

Trill Mon 29-Apr-13 15:46:46

YA still BU if you expect business signs to miss off the 020 because, as GetOrf says, who uses landlines? Everyone uses mobiles, so everyone will need to dial the 020 part. Except those "older folk", who will probably look up numbers in the Yellow Pages anyway.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 15:48:18

Fenton she walks briskly (very good word for her) with a stick and is very aggressive with it, so if you are in the same town you've probably been whacked on the ankles for dawdling.

When she visits she always gets a bit tipsy and reminisces about places in Soho in the '50s that have been turned into gay bars. One night she was drunkenly telling the manager of a bar that she'd been coming there 50 years. He was far too polite to say it had been going 'only' about 35.

pigsDOfly Mon 29-Apr-13 15:49:45

Bloody hell GetOrf, that's a bit harsh about telephone numbers having names in the time of the Mitfords. Ok I'm pretty old but I can remember them all having names.

If you look at the letters on your phone, you will see that the numbers of most codes correspond to the first three letters of the name of the area they cover. Just thought I'd add that in case anyone hadn't noticed.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 15:50:51

who uses landlines? Everyone uses mobiles, so everyone will need to dial the 020 part. Except those "older folk", who will probably look up numbers in the Yellow Pages anyway.

<<Gently weeps into lace-edged hanky>>

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 29-Apr-13 15:51:18

I use a landline blush.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 15:52:39

Quite so pigs

I feel the need to assert myself and demand respect for my advanced age. And a seat.

pigsDOfly Mon 29-Apr-13 15:53:49

Oh and I use my landline for most calls as it's much cheaper than using my mobile. And no I don't look up numbers in the Yellow Pages. Bloody cheek!

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 15:54:06

What is peng and kl yh?

GrandPoohBah Mon 29-Apr-13 15:56:26

I used my landline earlier. I'm 27. So there.

Also, 'innit blud' is teenspeak from when I was a teen - so, like, ten years ago, yeah?

I love the idea that 071 numbers were the elite. The closest place to where I grew up with an 071 number was Peckham grin (the far nicer Dulwich is 081).

Peckham cinema's telephone number used to be 071 772 1010, by the way. That's the number stuck in my head...

pigsDOfly Mon 29-Apr-13 15:56:53

Thank god there's someone else on here who needs to sit down Limited. I was beginning to think I was the oldest person on the planet. <sobs>

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 16:04:14

bloody hell pigs did they really have the exchange names in phone numbers that recently. I thought it had died out in the 50s (or summat).

I really, really want to be Evangeline Elliot swooshing into a room and picking up a candlestick phone and breathing 'Mayfair 783' or whatever.

Kl yh means cool, yeah apparently

Peng is an attractive person.

Innit blud is how my ds1 likes to finish every sentence. The phrase is banned from my house.

ScarlettInSpace Mon 29-Apr-13 16:10:59

Same issue in Leeds,

The area code changed from 0532 to 0113, and all the 6 digit numbers got a 2 added to the front, so we had 11 digit numbers like the rest of the country.

I get sooooooooooooooooo mad when even now, shops put (01132) xxxxxx on their signs/leaflets etc. Just try ringing the 6 digits from another leeds landline and see if you get connected YOU WON'T hmm

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 16:12:26

Thanks. And butters?

I used to say marijooarna until I realised people thought I was being serious. Because obviously they didn't have drugs when I was young.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 16:15:52

I've used 'blud' before. And I like to call the police 'dem Babylon' just to see the looks of disgust and bewilderment on spotty young faces.


pigsDOfly Mon 29-Apr-13 16:42:43

I think they started changing in the 70's GetOrf. According to Wikipedia London numbers went all numbered in the mid 60's but I'm sure they were still being used in the early 70's. Not sure what Wikipedia is on about really.

AnneEyhtMeyer Mon 29-Apr-13 16:46:43

01 811 8055 was Swap Shop & Saturday Superstore.

01 811 8181 was Going Live

Bramshott Mon 29-Apr-13 16:58:23

Ooh, a whole telephone numbers thread!!

We have a five digit number (rural exchange) and I spend my whole life saying to people "it's a short number" but secretly I'm rather proud!

Does anyone else remember local dialling codes? So to dial the next-door exchange you'd not us the four-digit 0234 number, but a two digit random one like 96??

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 17:12:06

Everyone at school used to watch Swap Shop so we all saw when a boy in my class got through.

The odds against it must have been huge but his dad was very rich and they had a phone with redial. We'd only just got a phone envy. We weren't poor but there was quite a startling divide at my school.

Anyway, come Monday when he was trying to boast, every single one of us claimed to have been helping our mums with the tidying up grin

Those of us who lived in London before 1990, when the London code was still just '01' still think of the following 3 digits as the ones which identify which area of London you are ringing. ie, '349' or '346' for Finchley, '203' for Hendon, etc. Hence we still remember phone numbers as '0208' (Outer London) '349' (Finchley) '9999' (Hairdresser).

Does that make sense? confused

Lovecat Mon 29-Apr-13 17:26:52

There is a hairdressers near where I live with the most fabulous 50's signage on it saying

Victor Hair Artist Val 3333

(a park called Valentines Park is nearby so I assume it takes the code from that)

It always cheers me up when I see it.

In fact I just googled it and here it is smile

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 17:34:36

I befriended a one-eared squirrel in Valentines Park lovecat. If it's the same one, that is. Ilford.

Actually, I bet the verminous little rodent was just using me for bread. We didn't have peanuts in them days.

pigsDOfly Mon 29-Apr-13 17:35:45

I'm so old, the first telephone we had when I was a child didn't even had a dial on it. You just picked up the receiver and the operator would come on the line and say 'number please'?

We also had some weird system with a 'shared line' which meant you shared your line with another person in the street (made the rental cheaper), but if they were on the phone when you picked up your receiver you could listen to their conversation and vise versa obviously.

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 17:36:10

That's fantastic lovecat grin

I also know someone on a rural exchange who had a 5 digit telephone number until very recently. They were FURIOUS when it changed to 6 digits.

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 17:36:44

<wide eyed>

How old are you pigs?


limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 17:44:32

Right, let's get her, pigs. We might be slow but that lulls them into false sense of security.

DolomitesDonkey Mon 29-Apr-13 17:51:44

Oh it's like that bit where Carrie Bradshaw is mean to Jennifer Hudson because she can't get her a manhattan number.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 17:52:22

The only phone without a dial I remember was in the original Manhunter when the jailed Hannibal Lecter used it with a bit of silver paper and his superior intellect to outwit the FBI.

You may have been a foetus when it was made in 1986 GetOrf. I have just two things to say to you. Fava beans and a nice chianti. Ffffff-mmm.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 17:54:28

Used to collect silver paper for blind dogs. It wasn't really silver, was it?

<<used to be all green fields around here>>

miemohrs Mon 29-Apr-13 18:00:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

complexnumber Mon 29-Apr-13 18:02:39

"I get sooooooooooooooooo mad when even now, shops put (01132) xxxxxx on their signs/leaflets etc. Just try ringing the 6 digits from another leeds landline and see if you get connected YOU WON'T"

I'm sorry, but I just have an image of an MNer in Leeds, spotting a 01132 number on a shop, and then ringing it... then exploding with rage because it did not connect!

Then walking on until the next shop with a 01132 number and repeating the process, exploding with rage yet again! etc etc.

tallulah Mon 29-Apr-13 18:19:07

I am almost 50. The UK of my youth was very much using imperial. My dad filled up the car in gallons. My mum taught me to cook with ounces and to sew in inches.

School taught us in metric to prepare us for the future and stupidly someone decided not to bother teaching imperial. All that led to for a lot of us was the idea that metric was for maths and imperial was for normal life.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 18:20:03

bramshott my MIL still quotes Seaside Town+four digit number proudly.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 18:27:17

I remember us going decimal in 1971 but I still ask for a pound of potatoes.

We are the lost generation

<sobs again>

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 18:42:54

I LOVE the original Manhunter. Thingy Cox was a better Hannibal Lecter. And that lovely looking bloke who ended up in CSI was great.

I also love the Leeds telephone number rages grin

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 18:44:43

I can't think in metric despite born in 1978 (ha!) and only ever being taught in kilos and kilometres.

I think in miles and pounds and ounces. If someone tells me their weight in kilograms I haven't got a clue what they are on about. That said, I can only think in Celsius, older people who go 'ooh it was in the 70s today' confuse me.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 18:53:09

In 1978 I was dithering over whether calling them Jam concerts marked me out as being hopelessly outer London.

Yes, I was.

Flosshilde Mon 29-Apr-13 19:09:41

My BIL says Town [number] when he answers the phone. He is 38. This is however just one of many ways in which his behaviour is more akin to someone in their 80s.

Flosshilde Mon 29-Apr-13 19:13:44

And Gerrof I am exactly the same with metric vs imperial. I was born in 1979. Apart from metres / cm which I have to use for my job.

HoneyDragon Mon 29-Apr-13 19:31:49

Getorf according to Mnet you have said folk on at least 5 other occasions.

<<puts stalking spread sheet away>>

FuckThisShit UADNBU

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 19:47:51

Oh dear GetOrf saying folk is he slippery slope you know.

Excellent work HoneyDragon

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 20:21:39

Fuck OFF honeydragon.

I bet that my use of folk was in particular contexts, as in old folks home for limited or talking about being made to do folk dancing at school.

I've got my eye on you, missy <beady side eye>

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 20:22:16

<goes off to fucking well CHECK THIS SHIT OUT> grin

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 20:25:04

Bloody hell. Some of the were about old folks homes but twice I used the word folk in normal conversation (once on a thread about indigo children fgs, one on a thread about shearings coaching holidays).

All of which is sober proof that I do talk far, far too much shite on mumsnet sad

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 20:33:28

What on earth were you doing on a coaching holiday thread? I am actually getting rather concerned!

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 20:39:02

I have just read the thread properly, it is not about shearings hols but is a jokey thread about older mums. It was quite funny but I can't remember it at all, but ended up with a load of lightbulb jokes. grin

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Mon 29-Apr-13 20:39:14

For anyone from outside London, who is still used to 01XXX XXX XXX numbers, it will be standard to say 0208X XXX XXX, or 0207X XXX XXX, or 0203X XXX XXX.

I would see it as 'looking' WRONG if I tried to write a London number down in the way you are saying.

It wouldn't 'look' right on my list of numbers, for starters, and it would not be as easily memorable for me either.

So I for one will continue to say that my Uncle's number is written as 0208X XXX XXX.

<<Blows raspberry>>

YoniBottsBumgina Mon 29-Apr-13 20:46:37

I live near Coventry which has the code 024,however every single Coventry number I have ever encountered is always 024 76XX XXXX.

Makes me wonder why they don't just have the whole 02476! But then I'm a heathen from an area with 5, 6 digit numbers and never knew there was anything else...

ProphetOfDoom Mon 29-Apr-13 20:51:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I genuinely didn't realise it became 020 so recently! I didn't have any reason to call anyone in London until about 1999 anyway (I'm 29, but live in Essex) so I thought it had been that for longer!

I do remember when 081 811 8181 became 0181 811 8181 sounded really wrong for ages! (I now have that stuck in my head).

I have however now lived in London and I lived in an area which had a few 020 3 numbers...before that I had no clue they weren't 0207 or 0208 grin

On the subject of "peng" - when I was younger it was a term used to describe really good cocaine, so imagine my confusion when I heard a load of 12-13 year olds using it with wild abandon!

janey223 Mon 29-Apr-13 20:59:30

I miss being 020 7, 020 3 has plagued me for 2 years since I changed to sky hmmhmm

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 29-Apr-13 21:04:46

I love schmaltzings dad and grandfather and Scarlett's peng cocaine grin

Trill Mon 29-Apr-13 21:11:58

older people who go 'ooh it was in the 70s today' confuse me.

I agree.

Is that good?

Are you saying it was nice?

What is the correct reaction?

Should I be shocked?

Is that, er, warm for this time of year?

Or should I say something about swallows migrating?

pigsDOfly Mon 29-Apr-13 21:27:56

Ok GetOrf. Yes I'll admit I'm 30 years older than you (but lovely with it). I however rarely say folks, and I most definitely would not take part in a Shearings Coaching Holiday thread. What were you thinking!

HoneyDragon Mon 29-Apr-13 21:29:52

I've said folk at least 11 times. I assume tht makes me older than you Getorf?

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 21:29:57

Scarlet, that's brilliant! I know people do things younger these days it seems, but peng coke at 12 is probably pushing it!

WellJustCallHimDave Mon 29-Apr-13 21:30:06

It's pounds and ounces. It's inches and feet. The phone in my Grandparents' London home was answered with "New Cross 5123".

And after all these years I still can't remember that my parents' number is 020 7XXX XXXX and not 0207!

pigsDOfly Mon 29-Apr-13 21:31:11

Ok GetOrf. Yes I'll admit I'm 30 years older than you (but I'm lovely with it). I however rarely say folks, and I most definitely would not take part in a Shearings Coaching Holiday thread.

FuckThisShit Mon 29-Apr-13 21:32:48

Everyone is older than GetOrf Honey. She is infuriatingly young and beautiful and everything gorgeous. Tbh I don't know why I even like her.

Yeah, the whole weather thing fucks me off. When it's deep winter everyone is ooooh aaaaahh it's minus 5; come the summer it's wow! It's a scorcher and it's over 90. WHY why do we do one end of the scale in Fahrenheit and one in Celsius?

Trill Mon 29-Apr-13 21:38:55

I don't know pigs, I take part in all sorts of threads about things where I wouldn't take part in the actual thing itself.

pigsDOfly Mon 29-Apr-13 21:41:18

Grrrr. Posted twice with slightly different versions as it was wiped first time. Stupid internet playing up. I'm not losing my marbles, honest.

pigsDOfly Mon 29-Apr-13 21:43:08

I should hope not Trill. Especially if you took part in the one about chastity belts on here recently.

limitedperiodonly Mon 29-Apr-13 22:25:21

It's folk, not folks;
My mother loves coach trips and I have been spectacularly travel sick in most of England's premier beauty spots;
You are losing it goml grin

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