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15:17 UK time, Friday, 22 July 2011

Why do people still dial the Speaking Clock? Phone engineers use it as a test number as it is always answered.
Gordon Stewardson @BBC News Magazine

The Speaking Clock article states:"The original Speaking Clock and two subsequent models were developed by the Post Office in the UK, although one was sent to Australia." Why did it have to go and was it happy there?
Julie, Egham, UK

What a coincidence that the UK's first Trekologist is a Star Trek fan!
Paul, Cheltenham

Wax apples I presume?
Malcolm, Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom

No J. Paul (Thursday's Letters), they're not making the deliveries of sand to Horse Guards for next years Olympic Games... they making it for next months Test Event to make sure everything runs smoothly when they do have the Games next year. "The deliveries came ahead of a beach volleyball test event, starting on 9 August,"
Malcolm Rees, Aldershot

Laura (Thursday letters), I'm not sure if children in the Maldives have the same cultural icons, but anyone with kids back home would suggest that your nickname is less to do with nominative determinism and more to do with the fact that Laura rhymes with Dora.
Ruaraidh, Wirral, UK

So, er, is there an equivalent of the Primary Club for people who've scored zero in any form of news quiz? I'm, er, asking for a friend. Yes. Obviously.
David Richerby, Liverpool, UK

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