The next Deep Blue Networking Group

We’d like to take this opportunity to invite you along to our next Deep Blue Networking Gig to be held at The Blues Bar in Harrogate on Tuesday 6th December, 2011 @ 6.00pm and sincerely hope you can make it – the first drink will be on us and nibbles supplied for your sustenance!

If you’ve not attended one of these events before, you’ve not lived man. There is no pressure to sell or present, just the opportunity to meet local business leaders in stress-free surroundings with live music and hospitality. The good bit is………………….these same business guru’s will supply the entertainment from 7.30pm.

More information can be found on our website at:

Sign-up if you haven’t already done so on Linked-In:

Or, our Face Book Page: Deep Blue Networking: Business and Bands

Please feel free to extend this invitation to anyone you know in business who you think may be interested in attending – the more the merrier!

Scam Phone Calls

It has been brought to our attention that a company claiming to be a phone service provider has been contacting people and telling them their services are at risk of suspension. The caller states that there are unpaid invoices that must be paid immediately or service will be ceased, the company then offer to take credit card details to process this payment.

If you receive a call like this, do not give out any information and contact you service provider to notify them of the call.

Email Issues

Over the last few days Deep Blue has experienced a power outage on one of hosted platforms which has affected a number of our customer connections, whilst power has now been restored some users are still experiencing intermittent issues. Engineers are carrying out continuous work to get all systems back up and operational. We apologise for any inconvenience you may have experienced during this time.

Happy Birthday Speaking Clock – 75 on Sunday

Britain’s famous Speaking Clock celebrates its 75th birthday on July 24, 2011.

 Now a national institution and part of Britain’s heritage, the Speaking Clock was the first of the pre-recorded information services in the UK, provided through telephones.

 Created for people who wanted to know the time and did not have a watch or clock to hand, the clock was initially only available in the London directory area, with the first British Speaking Clock introduced on July 24, 1936.

 In order to access the service, subscribers would dial the first three letters of the word ‘time’ as dials at the time included letters as well as numbers to aid automatic calls. Dialling T. I. M. led to its common name ‘TIM’. The service went national six years later.

 Today, around 30 million calls every year are made to the service, now officially called “Timeline”. People dial 123 in the UK to hear the modern service.

 The ‘voice’ of the BT Speaking Clock is as famous as the facility itself, with only four permanent voices ever used. Although there have been other voices used for charity events.

 Originally the accuracy of the BT Speaking Clock was one-tenth of a second, but it is now accurate to within five thousandths of a second.

 Some Facts?

• The UK Speaking Clock was the first in the world.
• Big Ben checks its time with the Speaking Clock
• The Speaking Clock is accurate to within five thousandths of a second
• In its first year the service registered nearly 13 million calls
• Initially only available in the London and went nationwide in 1942
• The Speaking Clock is also known as TIM and Timeline
• Accurist was the sponsor from 1986 for 22 years

Permanent Voices

First voice – Jane Cain 1936 – 1963
Second voice – Pat Simmons – 1963 – 1985
Third voice – Brian Cobby – 1985 – 2007 – also the voice of “5-4-3-2-1 Thunderbirds are go!”
Fourth voice – Sara Mendes da Costa – 2007 to present

Other Voices

Lenny Henry – Comic Relief 2003
Alicia Roland – ChildLine 2003.
Mae Whitman – Tinker Bell 2008

UK celebrities for Comic Relief 2009 – Gary Barlow, Cheryl Cole, Chris Moyles, Kimberley Walsh and Fearne Cotton

Internet Issues

There are lots of intermittent internet issues affecting large areas of the country. There are engineers currently working on these and hoping to resolve them as quickly as possible.

Primarily the drops resolve themselves within a few seconds, if you experience extended loss of service please contact us and we will investigate the issue further for you.

Openreach – Lead Time Latest!

If you are planning extra telephone lines or services, our advice is plan ahead. Following on from the bad weather throughout Britain in December, the workload of Openreach (BT’s engineering arm) has vastly increased and the result is a backlog that will continue for some time to come.

The latest update confirmed that provision lead times remain high with Northern England having the worst case average of 30.84 working days. So if you are planning to extend your services or move offices, call us as soon as possible to book ahead.

If you have a fault that needs repairing, the news is much better as the company is using contractual overtime and postponing engineer training to bring the workload down and reduce waiting times. The impact of this is a wait of around one and half days, although a worst case of 5 days has been recorded in Wales.

As usual, contact our office as soon as you notice a fault and we will report it straight away and keep you fully informed of progress.

Openreach latest

With improvements in the weather, there are now no areas of the country where MBORC applies to all jobs, however the following areas:

West Scotland

Newcastle and Northumberland

Tyneside, Durham and Wearside

Tees Valley

North East Scotland

Tayside & Fife

South East Scotland

Northern Ireland

are still under MBORC for FAULT REPAIRS.