Middle England should prepare to drop its trousers, bend over the table and accept the painful truth that if anything in this Sceptred Isle was ever sacred, it isn't any more. As of the end of British Summer Time on Sunday, BT's famous speaking clock will be voiced by Tinker Bell - the result of a "sponsorship deal with Disney" …
That is all.
...that the voice of Tinker Bell is not going to be a sultry, husky velvet voiced siren?
...could have saved a fortune on those 'special' numbers !!
At least its not Mickey
or that bloody Donald Duck.
Who calls that number any way these days?
Where do I sign up to complain?
I need to compose a "disappointed" letter
Angry of Middle England
. . .at the third stroke . . .
Many years ago as a rookie techie at Broadcasting House, during a time when TIM was reportedly giving some trouble, I was given the task of monitoring it _all night_ on a pair of headphones. How I survived even the "dulcet tones" without going completely mad I'll never know. Maybe I did go completely mad. Pat Simmons never dropped a millisecond, but I learnt to recite TIM off line with astonishing accuracy.
Tinker Bell? What have we come to . . . .?
Paris 'cos she's got the time for anyone.
Anyone else remember "at the third stroke, the time sponsored by Accurist will be..."
All together now
I dont believe in Fairies...
This isn't April, is it? Could BT be like the computerised Holly and be unable to wait the necessary months with a red hot jape like this under their belt?
people still call the speaking clock?
That is all.
Waste of money on Disney's part.
Does anyone actually have a use for the speaking clock any more?
Is it April 1st already?
I thought Christmas came next, then more chocolate in the shape of eggs.
I happened to dial 123 the other day
I needed to reset my clocks after a power outage, so phoned 123 and thought how nice the voice was, even with 'Accurest' attached to every 10 second call. I suppose Disney is just another form of advertising, but one wonders if anybody at BT takes any pride in their work any more, or if everything us up for sale.
Paris, because, next to BT, even she has her standards.
Does anyone in the country still use the speaking clock? I can't think of a single situation where I'd need to.
Personally I preferred...
... Kenny Everett's version which had Cleo Rocos in Dominatrix gear doing the "At the third stroke" voice, then lashing KE three times to make him say "Bip, bip, bip!"
Joke right? April Fools early?
Well BT had so much money left over after the Phorm debacle, now they haven't got to go to court, I suppose they had time and money to wine and dine Disney execs!
You see the once in a blue moon I want the speaking clock, is usually somewhere very busy and very noisy. Trying to discern the time from bleedin' Tinkerbell, on a mobile, while in a noisy computer room, setting my NTP servers, that will be a barrel of laughs!
"and not to punt some bloody speaking fairy flick"
do I sence a little anooince there? maby you should relax a bit and watch a film? might I sugest .....o hell with it I was trying to be funny but I just coudent be bothered any more it is just not worth it ......*bang*
The time *sponsored* by ...
The speaking clock has had commercial sponsorship for some time. This is just the next logical step. The rot set in a long time ago!
Now that the speaking clock is sponsored, does that mean the 30p cost will be reduced?
Didn't think so...
Dear God Save Us All
Hands up everyone who has used the speaking clock.
I have an idea
If we all say, together "I don't believe in Faries, I don't believe in Faries" over and over, will Tinker Bell fuck off and die?
Just a thought
that Tesco didn't get there first!!!
It does get used!
Actually use it at least once a month. The last voice change I called it literally minutes after it had been switched, unaware there was any plan to.
Gets used to set physical clocks, or as an easy to dial line test number. Also to wind up coworkers by forwarding it on.
I was watching it last week - what on earth is all this fuss about Fiona Bruce anyway? - and they had some horologist chappie on with the old speaking clock which he claimed stopped on the day Pat Simmons died. Completely irrlevant I know but still almost interesting.
Anyway, Disney eh? Tsk, So let me get this straight. We have a cartoon fairy that we have to pay to listen to, and they expect us to believe every word they are saying.
Reminds me of Peter Mandelson.
One small detail
Tinkerbell has spoken before - I distictly remember Julia roberts as Tinkerbell in Hook talking and trying to seduce Peter. I quick search on wikipedia suggests that she has spoken in several different film adaptations - just not in the original book.
You can guess why I'm posting this anonymously though. :)
Get a watch...
...that sets itself to the standard time signal. Or a phone that synchs with the network's clock... Or even set your watch to the pips on R4 once a week, or once a month.
Far from not speaking, Tinkerbell in the book is noted for her rudeness and foul language. Her first words are "You silly ass" and she doesn't get any politer. I salute any company bringing sweary fairies to the nation's telephones.
Paris, obviously, because she is the Tinkerbell of today!
I suspect your new colleagues got you good and proper on that one.
Scene: The Pub, somewhere close to Broadcasting House
Two experienced techies are on their third pints
Bob: Ere, you'll never guess what I've got that new kid doing.
Terry: What's that, then?
Bob: I've only got him listening to the speaking clock all night long.
Terry: Heh, heh...how'd you manage that then?
Bob: Told him it was giving "periodic, untraceable problems", didn't I?
Terry: One born every minute, innit? Another round?
Bob: Don't mind if I do...
And on topic - truly, the glories of privatization are many and wondrous.
Is there a website I can look at?
NTP and MSF
I have a clock that tracks MSF (or DCF if it can't get MSF), plus I have various computers that sync to network time, so I haven't needed the speaking clock for several years.
Sara Mendes da Costa?
With that typically Brazilian name, she'd better be careful when taking the tube in London. Or something.
Ever tried the website?
www.accurist123.com seems to be voiced by Catherine Tate.
"At ve fird stroke, ve time wiw be, yeah, innit, like..."
At least it's a North American voice (as hideous as that is) and not one (as one might expect from BT) sourced in a sub-continent far, far away ...
Hello, this is Derek, with hopings you are seeking the time in a correct manner ... pip ... pip ... piiiiiip.
You mean that damn squeak isn't going to be permanent? Thank God!!!