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Not technically a classic as such but it will be with time… Fargo.

Fargo (2014)

Fargo (2014)

Recent travels

We visited Australia recently, stopping at Dubai airport and getting out at Singapore for a few days on the return leg. The Dubai airport phones seem bright and shiny and new, Sydney provides you with a map of the city, Melbourne have a colour thing going on with pink and orange shelters and Singapore airport caters for the disabled:

Dubai airport

Dubai airport

Sydney

Sydney

Melbourne

Melbourne

Melbourne

Melbourne

Melbourne museum

Melbourne museum

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Chinatown, Singapore

Chinatown, Singapore

An extra from GOMA, Brisbane…

Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Journalists and Spies

A couple from ‘All the President’s Men’ (1976) staring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman…

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And again with ‘Person of Interest’ (season 2, episode 22, 2014) - where even in today’s world of mobile phones the pay phone plays an integral part in the plot (and pay phones in Manhattan are guarded by g-men)…

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Shanghai, China

Two from Matthew’s visit not so long ago:

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Some random old photos

These are the last of my older photos that should have been uploaded long ago…

Cairo, Egypt (I think)

Cairo, Egypt (I think)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Albufeural, Portugal

Albufeural, Portugal

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Ireland

Here are some from about a year ago when we visited Ireland:

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Cobh

Cork

Cork

Dublin

Dublin

Galway

Galway

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old style

Istanbul, Turkey

We recently visited Istanbul and came across a real variety of phone boxes. I traveled here many years ago but it was the trip before my decision to photograph phone boxes on my travels so it was good to go back and make up for missed opportunities.

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I like this one hidden within a stall, behind the Blue Mosque…

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Me at the airport with the English phone box version in the background:

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Coming out of the phone booth: phone box references in modern subculture

There is an article in the latest ‘Fortean Times’ (Krulos, T. 2014. Heroes in the night. In: Fortean Times, Vol. 314 May 2014, pp.28-35) which discusses the modern phenomenon of Real Life Superheroes (people who dress in the style of a superhero and roam the streets looking to fight crime). What amused me was the coining of the term ‘coming out of the phone booth’ - used to refer to the time when you reveal your lifestyle to your friends and family.

Film and tv

I hadn’t realised that Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) involved using a phone box as a time machine. Cool dude.

More recent tv has a phone being used as … a phone, in True Detective:

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An old one from the X-files (’Pusher’, Season 2):

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Tilbury Fort, Essex

We visited Tilbury Fort this afternoon, located across from Gravesend on the other side of the Thames. It’s described as one of the finest surviving 17th century forts in England. There is a small museum display in the Officers’ barracks which includes a phone set from WWII (I think)…

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