> The following are real conversations Directory Enquiries
> operators had with callers, as revealed in interviews with staff at the
> Cardiff Telecomms Directory Enquires Centre.
> C = Caller and O = Operator.
> C: I'd like the number of the Argoed Fish Bar in Cardiff, please.
> O: I'm sorry, there's no listing. Is the spelling correct?
> C: Well, it used to be called the Bargoed Fish Bar but the B fell off the
> C: I'd like the number of the Scottish knitwear company in Woven.
> O: I can't find a town called 'Woven'? Are you sure?
> C: Yes. That's what it says on the label - Woven in Scotland.
> C: I'd like the RSPCA please.
> O: Where are you calling from?
> C: The living room
> C: The water board please.
> O: Which department?
> C: Tap water.
> O: How are you spelling that?
> C: With letters.
> C: I'd like the number for a reverend in Cardiff, please.
> O: Do you have his name?
> C: No, but he has a dog named Ben.
> C: The Union of Shopkeepers and Alligators please.
> O: You mean the Amalgamated Union of Shopkeepers?
> C: Er, yes.
> and finally, On one occasion, a man making heavy breathing sounds from a
phone box told
> the worried operator:
> "I haven't got a pen so I'm steaming up the window to write the number