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Who uses the phone book?

ARTIFICIAL LIMBS, bingo equipment, choreographers, clairvoyants and detective agencies . . . If you need it, there’s a fair chance you’ll find it in the 2010 Golden Pages, which landed with a dull thud on doorsteps and in hallways around the capital early last month. Read the rest of this article here.

October 10th, 2010.

9 Responses to “Who uses the phone book?”

  1. kate Says:

    At your last point… for some reason I can’t throw them out. I actually tried to do it last night but they looked at me so official and government like that I freaked out that some telephone book inspector guy was going to knock on my door and ask to see my phone books and then arrest me for disposing of a compulsory household document. I’ve just left them on top of the bookshelf. We don’t have a phone in our house.

  2. Lisa Says:

    I now live, alas, in a land without central heating so have become a dab hand at setting and lighting fires. (To say nothing of wielding an axe for chopping kindling.) Phonebook pages are really great for getting a fire to “take”.

  3. Eoin Says:

    @ Kate – Australian authorities sound very oppressive.

    @ Lisa – You’re in NZ. That means summer on the way for both of you. B’ah.

  4. Lisa Says:

    True. But I’ve gone winter-winter-summer-winter-winter since 2008 so it’s well deserved at this stage.

  5. Lisa Says:

    Actually, no, make that winter-winter-winter-summer-winter-winter.

  6. DD Says:

    In the US midwest we get doubly hot summers and doubly cold winters. We also get yellow and white pages whether we want them or not. Some things are the same the world over I think.

  7. CrazyForker Says:

    Did you write that Butler?

  8. Eoin Says:


    If I was going to start stealing content, I’d steal something more exciting than an article about the feckin’ phone book!

    How did the big meeting go?

  9. Er, hello…? Says:

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