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Need juice? Mobile-charging phone boxes planned across London

This week’s best city stories from around the web explore an initiative to transform phone boxes into free mobile-charging hubs across the UK capital, critique New York’s proposed ferry network, celebrate sidewalk gardening in LA and discover the world’s first artificially-cooled outdoor plaza…

(story from The Guardian online)

In the news

I’m sure I woke yesterday to the news that the UK phone box design had won an award but I couldn’t find a recent story - this link is older news but still relevant

Design Museum adds red phone box to collection

And some more phones on tv…

Arrow

Arrow

Fortitude

Fortitude

Phone box library

As a former librarian I warm to this story.

Phone box library closure threat angers residents

Book lovers who turned a red phone box into a makeshift library are angry after BT threatened to shut it down due to health and safety fears…

Icon not function

I work/volunteer at the British Museum. Out the front are a few phone boxes and often there will be tourists standing in the open door of the booth getting their photos taken. I don’t know if the phones in the booth work but I think the iconic nature of the boxes is of far more value that the functionality, specifically in a popular tourist location.

Here is a celebrity getting her photo in a phone booth. It works for everyone I guess…

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More viewing

From the movie ‘No’, set in 1980’s Chile…

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And tv show ‘Girls’

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From Homeland

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Fairy phone box

A photo taken at Swan Park, Buncrana, County Donegal, Eire (courtesy of Fortean Times, Christmas 2014, p.69):

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More tv

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple

Transparent

Transparent

X-Files, John Doe

X-Files, John Doe

The Intruders

The Intruders

The Intruders

The Intruders

Toast of London (after losing his mobile at an audition)

Toast of London (after losing his mobile at an audition)

Niagra

As in the 1953 film starring Marilyn Monroe… There are a few telephone calls made in this film and here are three, including a phone on a boat.

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niagra-2

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Japan

If I had a phone of the year competition this would be the winner:

Fujiya Hotel, Hakone

Fujiya Hotel, Hakone

Others from our recent holiday to Japan:

Enoshima

Enoshima, Buddhist temple

Enoshima

Enoshima

Kamakura

Kamakura

On the shinkansen back to Tokyo

On the shinkansen back to Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo

Change with the times

New York City’s payphones are being replaced with kiosks armed with free gigabit Wi-Fi and charging outlets