OK, it was funny for a couple of days: ’017 ... oh no! I mean
0207 ... God, I just haven’t got the hang of these new numbers yet, ho
ho ho.’ We all did it, and it was nice - a little bit of bonding before
getting down to business. But for God’s sake!
The numbers changed three months ago but several times each day I get a
message from dimwit Dave or simple Simon: ’Hi, yeah, can you call me
back? My number’s (0207) 261xxx.’ NO IT FUCKING ISN’T!
Call me a pedantic tosser, but wasn’t the idea behind the new codes to
increase the number of lines while simultaneously making it easier for
everyone in London calling someone else in London to get through?
Listen idiots. The code is 020, although if you’re calling from
somewhere in London you can omit that bit. Your personal number now has
either a seven or an eight appended to the beginning of your old seven
digit number, depending on whether you are located in the old 0171 or
0181 area. Thus, Dave, your number is (020) 7261xxx.
Now, I know it’s a small detail but how can these sales guys expect me
to entrust them with large chunks of my client’s budget when they don’t
even know their own phone numbers? I’m hardly Mr Technology but I’ve
mastered it. I suggest you do the same.
Got something to rant about?
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