Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Je fais le douze.

In the old days, until about six years ago, to get telephone information in France one would dial 12. That was called faire le douze (not to be confused with faire un douze, which I gather means to make an error or to say something stupid). Now everything is changed. A smattering of private companies provide directory assistance with six-digit numbers that start with 118-xxx. I can only remember one of them because they advertise with a little jingle that is easy to remember.

A view in the vineyard on a recent frosty morning.

Still, I never use directory assistance. With the internet and online yellow and white pages, the computer serves the purpose.

Today is 12 December 2012, 0r 12/12/12. Faisons le douze !


  1. I never heard the expression "faire un douze". It must be new.
    1 C at 1.30 pm on your widget, that is really cold.

  2. That's an interesting angle on the vineyard I don't think I've ever seen before.

    Hats off to you for going out there in such temperatures.

  3. Now you will have to wait until 2101 to start over again:
    01/01/01 and once every year up to 2112

  4. hoping it'll be a nice birth date for my grand bebe

  5. Directory assistance is going to follow the phone book into oblivion


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