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999 views? It’s an emergency!

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Hit “Publish” for “Coffee Conundrum – Wants vs Needs” then took peak at the site statistics.

Imagine my surprise to see 999 views! Experienced bloggers may be blasé about such milestones, however I’m floored. So THANK YOU for reading, sharing, following, commenting, encouraging and more!!

Seriously? 999 views??

Seriously? 999 views??

And why would 999 be an emergency? Just as 911 is the common ‘help!’ number in North America, 999 is for the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE and more. Handy thing to know when travelling.

999 and separates

999 and separates – nod to the UK punk band

As for me, 999 also brings back memories of my 80s punk rock roots! Check out the UK group 999‘s song Emergency

PSsssst!!! If you are curious, there are more stats on a new “Blog Trivia” page. Just random tidbits I found interesting as I figure out what’s available stats-wise. My actuarial friends will no doubt prompt much deeper analysis at some point!



  1. Trust my father to find more 999 – 911 trivia with a Winnipeg connect! He just shared that:

    “The first known experiment with a national emergency telephone number occurred in the United Kingdom in 1937, using the number 999. The first city in North America to use a central emergency number (in 1959) was the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, which instituted the change at the urging of Stephen Juba, mayor of Winnipeg at the time. Winnipeg initially used 999 as the emergency number, but switched numbers when 9-1-1 was proposed by the United States.” (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9-1-1)

    Gee… look at that! My home town was an ‘early adopter’. 🙂

  2. gina4star says:

    Congratulations! That’s interesting, I didn’t know we shared “our” emergency number with Hong Kong, Singapore and UEA!! 🙂

    • A wee bit possessive “your” emergency number? 😉

      Alas India has no such reliable coordinated approach to emergency services. I’d be delighted to have either 999 or 911 that worked across the board. Instead we have 102 (ambulance), 101 (fire), 100 (police) except in some places which is 108. There are further different number to use for various things in Canada I would have dialled 911.

      More scary is that at a practical level, for an ambulance you actually need to KNOW someone and their mobile number (not something most of us have on speed dial) who isn’t already on a call or who can pass you on to someone else?!

      • gina4star says:

        Hehe I am aren’t I!!! I honestly thought we were unique with the 999, haha, shows how ignorant I can be sometimes!
        Oh gosh, that’s a lot of different numbers to remember, and also to remember where you are for which number to use! That’s incredible about the ambulance! Wow. I don’t even know how that would work, it’s completely baffled me…
        And now I’m thinking I actually don’t have a clue what the emergency number(s) is/are in Mexico…
        Just asked my colleagues and they said there isn’t really one… you can call 066 which is “supposedly” the police and from there they can redirect you. Other than that you should have in your phone the long digit normal telephone number for each individual service according to your area…
        Hmmm, they didn’t seem to have much confidence in the “official emergency number” the 066. Hope I never have to call it!!!

        • Haha! I think there’s enough substance in this topic for a whole new blog post, what say?

          Good luck navigating your way around options and hopefully will never need such services!

          I had a friend from Australia who was in ICU in India for a month + and it was a revelation for her. Whether I was fortunate or not, had some earlier brushes with the medical system here so had some insights helped explain a few things.

          Regardless, its tough being seriously sick or injured or needing any kind of emergency help anywhere in the world!!

          As for me, time to catch my flight from Bangkok back to Bombay! 🙂

  3. Emma says:

    And I always thought 999 was a British thing!!! 😉

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