Entry: bg = before Google
Description: That ancient era when family historians needed to whip out a fountain pen or dial a number to make any progress. Or take their driving licence to an industrial estate where the record office could be found. The Greeks had their Oracle who sat on a hill and could be consulted. The absence of google generated its own Oracles, and I once had the singular experience of having my Creed tree phoned through to me, from a Bath telephone exchange - the best kind of fantasy phoneline.