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Bluesteel705
21st Sep 2006, 16:18
Bit of a random question, but is it still possible to send a telegram in the UK? If so how does one go about doing this?


Cheers :ok:

AcroChik
21st Sep 2006, 16:23
Try:

http://www.itelegram.com/

http://www.sendtelegram.com/st/

tony draper
21st Sep 2006, 16:34
No telegram boys now is there? mate of mine became one, he got the sack for modifying the govener on his motor bike so it would go faster and for carrying a .25 walther in his belt.anybody who carries around summat as usless as a .25 deserves the sack.
:rolleyes:

G-CPTN
21st Sep 2006, 16:48
There was a (very) recent reunion of Telegram 'Boys'.
Apparently, they were usually aware of the contents, and adopted 'procedures' when the message informed of the death of a loved-one (as was typical during the War). They would knock NEXT door and see whether they could enlist the help of a MAN, if possible, to accompany them to support the 'widow'.

I recall when my Uncle Tom was killed (whilst riding his motor-cycle, run down by a one-eyed van driver who was overtaking oncoming).

It said "Tom killed. Come. Edith."
Edith was his sister.
None of the family had telephones in the late 40s.

tony draper
21st Sep 2006, 20:40
Anyone else remember the SOS messages on the Home service,ie "would Mr such and such,travelling in the ******* area please contact such and such Hospital/ Police/where his father /mother /brother sister/wife is dangerously ill".
Do they still have em? one no longer owns a talking wireless.
:confused:

One used to get telegrams from the Pool when ones leave was up.

DRAPER,stop
REPORT TO SHIPPING FEDERATION stop
RFA OLNA STOP SIGNING ON TOMORROW.stop
Shipping federation Newcastle.

SHIPPING FEDERATION stop
**** OFF. stop
ONE STILL HAS MONEY LEFT stop
DRAPER
:rolleyes:

ORAC
21st Sep 2006, 20:45
Bit of a random question, but is it still possible to send a telegram in the UK? If so how does one go about doing this? No, they try phoning you and, if there is no answer, they put it in an envelope, and send it by second class post......

Loose rivets
22nd Sep 2006, 06:00
Dog goes into a post office. ‘I would like to send a telegram please.'

‘Certainly, start now.'

‘Woof, woof woof.......Woof, woof woof......Woof, woof woof.'

‘Did you know sir, that you can send ten words for the same price...why not put another woof on the end?'

The dog stared at the postmaster. ‘That would make no sense at all!'

lexxity
22nd Sep 2006, 07:51
Mr Draper I remember those announcements being done on Radio 4 when I was a young 'un. Don't know of they still do them now though.

Solid Rust Twotter
22nd Sep 2006, 07:53
Want to drive someone nuts?

Send them a telegram reading "Ignore last telegram".

VnV2178B
22nd Sep 2006, 07:56
Rivets,

even human telegrams didn't make sense a lot of the time!

I still have one gem from the 70s which reads " SEE YOU ON SATURDAFL ATL BABLINGER".

Fortunately I was working at Bletchley Park at the time and so could get it deciphered.

VnV

ORAC
22nd Sep 2006, 08:25
What was the John Bird "Idi Amin" radio announcement?

"Will de Minister o Health, last sin headin´towards de border in de green Escort, please pull over to de side o de road an stand wid his hands over his head, udderwise his mudder will become seriously ill"....

BenThere
22nd Sep 2006, 08:26
A famous telegram said:

"How old Cary Grant?"

The reply:

"Old Cary Grant fine. How you?"