Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

In Case of Emergency


Dial 333,333,333


I’m sure the  mathematical amongst you could spend many happy hours coming up with (almost) endless permutations to achieve 999 out of buttons 1,2 and 3, but I doubt it would get you a response time that’s within government targets, it’s just a numbers game.

We spotted this back in May near St David’s in South Wales, I’d forgotten to post it.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

10 thoughts on “In Case of Emergency

  1. Oooh thats a weird phone
    It wouldnt last long in certain parts around here.
    Nice picture uphill

  2. Perhaps it’s a Whimsy of the World?

    Or a test. I could get distracted from the emergency trying to figure out what was being tested.

    Back in 1946 these were the instructions to our Township residents:

    In case of fire, call “Ellsworth 11-F-13″. This is the fire chief, John DeYoung’s phone number for day or night. If no answer, then call Ass’t. fire chief, Hans DeYoung, at “Ellsworth 11-F-31″. Do not call collect. Tell the operator that this is a fire call and she will clear or cut off any busy line during the emergency. DO NOT call Paul Woll or Klooster’s Implement Co.

  3. Well, that’s a head scratcher. We have emergency phones, but I’ve never stopped to look at one. I’m going to have to now. 🙂

  4. Well spotted.
    You say the photo was taken in Wales, that accounts for the sign. If you had looked at the other side of the sign you would have seen the correct instructions written in Welsh 🙂

  5. LOL, I know where you are coming from on that one!
    My father when confronted by a bar full of Welsh men, who suddenly switched to their native tongue the moment an English man walked through the door(I’m pretty sure they weren’t the sort of pubs women went to)he would always speak to them in Swahili, I’m not sure it got him a beer any quicker but he made his point!

  6. We do that on purpose in Wales – if you are truly local you will know which nosy neighbour to ring instead anyway :o)

  7. A friend of mine spoke Welsh, if there is a proper Welsh word for it, she knew it. Her father was a Welsh Nationalist (Though not a rabid one) and had not spoken English for many years. We had the pub scenario, I ordered in English, and they all started talking in Welsh (Badly, apparently) My friend stood on a chair an harangued them in perfect Welsh, using words I suspect few of them knew! It was hilarious.

  8. The last word, in any language, is always satisfying!

  9. Saw this and immediately thought of you (although the picture on line doesn’t show the one that reminded me! It’s in the paper paper though)

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