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Dispatch from the Land of the Unnecessarily Cryptic [20111102|11:02]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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In Kings Cross Station this morning, I heard the following announcement on the tannoy.

"Would an operative please go to the North Ticket Hall, Escalator 17 for a Code 4?"

Having been in the North Ticket Hall not 30 seconds prior to this announcement, I can state with confidence that an 'operative' is a 'cleaner' and that a 'Code 4' is a 'spilled cup of coffee'.

Now I'm wondering what Codes 1 to 3 mean.
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From: edical
2011-11-02 11:13 (UTC)
Sounds like a spy of some kind :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-02 11:34 (UTC)
Yes, I think "an operative" trumps even "Inspector Sands".
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From: tyrell
2011-11-02 12:48 (UTC)
Just to really confuse you, you also often hear it as "ISS Operative" (ISS are a cleaning firm). Whoa, a spy on the space station, cool.

Edited at 2011-11-02 12:49 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-02 20:29 (UTC)
Too bad it's not "ISIS Operative" a la Archer. I should like to see a swankily dressed sixties cartoon agent tidying up spilled coffee. With a cocktail in the other hand.
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From: tyrell
2011-11-02 20:30 (UTC)
I love Archer, but I love GitS:SAC more. Rowr.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-02 20:32 (UTC)
Motoko is my hero(ine).
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From: tyrell
2011-11-02 20:40 (UTC)
It was when she was leaning out of a jeep firing machine guns, and Batou is yelling and running to save her even though neither of them have faces which are even *capable* of enough expression to show their real feelings, if Motoko even has any human feelings anymore, and 1.00min in Run Rabbit Junk is blaring in the background, that I thought "DOES THIS GUY KNOW HOW TO WRITE A LOVE STORY, OR WHAT?!!"
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2011-11-02 13:35 (UTC)
I'd love to think this came about because they wanted to say "Someone's done a number (1 or 2) on the stairs", someone pointed out they could use those numbers as codes, and then someone else said "Ooh! And 3 could be food, 4 could be drink, 5 could be a chemical spill and 6 would be leprechauns"
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-02 20:35 (UTC)
7 would be interference from denizens of London Below.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2011-11-02 14:09 (UTC)
how much do you want to bet that the station paid a security company a gajillion pounds to work out that protocol?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-02 20:31 (UTC)
Ooh, not very much, because I think it's very likely you'd be right.
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[User Picture]From: nadriel
2011-11-02 15:01 (UTC)
Just watch out for Code 66...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-02 20:32 (UTC)
In Ultraviolet, Code 5 meant vampires. It would not surprise me in the least of Code 66 meant devils!
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2011-11-02 15:21 (UTC)
But it sounds so much better when you say it in code!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-02 20:33 (UTC)
True. It would sound more inviting if the operative were being summoned "for a coffee", though!
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[User Picture]From: grrr_arrrgg
2011-11-02 15:47 (UTC)
1. Biological Waste
2. Chemical Waste
3. Solid Waste
4. Liquid Waste
5. Cup of tea and a biscuit, chocolate if you beat fat Fred here.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-02 20:33 (UTC)
This sounds like the most probable scheme!
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2011-11-02 17:32 (UTC)
Clearly codes 1-3 refer to superior beverages, such as tea, rum, and whiskey.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-02 20:34 (UTC)
And I imagine gin changes depending on the Queen's Jubilee. It goes from 50 to 60 this year.
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-11-03 23:50 (UTC)

code 4

I was there too... and I recall them saying 'initial operative' for the code-4. Initial is a cleaning company and there was indeed a big paper coffee cup spilled all over the floor at the top of the escalator.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-05 21:44 (UTC)

Re: code 4

Initial! Yes, I remember hearing that now as well. How funny that the announcement stuck in both our minds.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2011-11-04 01:12 (UTC)
Nothing clever to add, just that you had me snickering. And hubby--I read it aloud to him. ;)

And yes, how very Secret Agent-ish of them. Everyone likes an air of mystery, don't they?
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2011-11-04 03:53 (UTC)
On the New Orleans street car, "yellow dog" is code for a passenger who is vomiting...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-05 21:45 (UTC)
I think it's partly the Secret Agent appeal, but probably also partly to keep from upsetting people when, say, they have to clean up vomit after the pubs shut.
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2011-11-06 09:47 (UTC)
Just one of the many reasons I just love following your journal. What a wry observation! And love the theories others have already put out in comments now.

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After some thought maybe code 4 just means.. Bring a mop,,
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