Uplifting story about a phone box

Woman left in phone box as a baby is reunited with the man who found her

Kiran outside the phone box in Forest Gate, where she was found. Credit: SWNS

Kiran outside the phone box in Forest Gate, where she was found. Credit: SWNS

A woman abandoned in a phone box as a baby has been reunited with the man who found her. Kiran Sheikh was just two hours old when her mother dumped her in the middle of the night on April 30, 1994.

Her rescuer Joe Campbell said at first he thought the baby – who he named April – was an empty chip wrapper as he approached the phone box.  He told Good Morning Britain:

“When I saw it was a little baby I called 999 and the police came and the ambulance came and that’s when I found out she was just about two hours old.”

Joe said he felt an “instant connection” with the baby and even asked if he could adopt her, but was told it wasn’t possible as he wasn’t married at the time.

“I asked if I could keep in contact, I was told no, that’s not possible. I asked if I could find out how she was doing, and I was told no, that’s not possible.”

In the end Joe had to cut all contact with Kiran but said he never gave up hope of finding her one day. Kiran went searching for him after discovering who he was in her adoption file.

“He had done so much for me. It said in my file he gave me presents, he sent me cards and I never received anything, but he did. I needed to thank him somehow,” she said. And it wasn’t long before they were reunited.

Joe said: “It was one of the happiest days of my life because I never stopped looking for her. I was always hopeful that someday, somehow I would find her before I finally part this world.”

After the emotional reunion, the pair said it was like finding a family member.

“She is my family. I told her you’ve got siblings. Ok, we’re not blood related but it’s like we are,” Joe said.

For the full story with images – go to the ITV News website.

Rome…if you want to

Heard the B52’s song the other day and then we were off to Rome and I keep humming the tune.

Nothing new on the phone box scene but here’s a block all the same:

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More phone viewing

I really do watch too much tv…

Here are a couple from the classic ‘Twin Peaks’ :

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A recent show set back in the 1960s – ‘11.22.63‘. Here we see the phone box seconds before it gets demolished in a car crash…

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And yet another from ‘Person of Interest’ . This show has been great in presenting new ways to use the phone. This one gets bricked up behind a wall and still manages to work years later…

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Phone box body wear

Fine t-shirt art worn by an archery friend

Fine t-shirt art worn by an archery friend

Overgrown phone box in St Michaels

Closing the door of overgrown phone box in St Michaels is like a bushtucker trial from I’m A Celebrity

Source: Kent Online

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Covered in thick foliage and buried deep into the hedgerow, this phone box in St Michaels felt like “something from I’m A Celebrity”.

Councillor Sue Ferguson, who posted the picture on social media, said closing the door of the dark, dingy kiosk felt like a challenge from the ITV show.

Councillor Sue Ferguson, who posted the picture on social media, said closing the door of the dark, dingy kiosk felt like a challenge from the ITV show.

She said:

“If you were slightly scared of insects you really wouldn’t want to be in there. It was quite horrible to go inside. It felt like one of those awful things from I’m A Celebrity – it would be one their terrible tasks to actually shut the door!”

In the popular reality show, contestants perform tricky or terrifying tasks – bushtucker trials – to win food and treats for their camp and most of the challenges involve creepy crawlies.

The kiosk next to the Fat Ox pub still works but as most people have a mobile phone now, it is rarely used.

Their production of telephone boxes ended altogether in 1985 with the advent of the KX series phones and many kiosk around the country have been broken and abandoned.

Mrs Ferguson added:

“I tweeted pictures of it to BT showing what a state it was in and they actually replied to say they would get this sorted, so well done BT for wanting to do something about it.”

 

Penang, Malaysia

A fabulous contribution from an Australian  friend who has been travelling in Malaysia.

Penang Photo by Natasha Dobrovolsky)

Penang
(photo by Natacha Dobrovolsky)

A couple more viewings

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A second from ‘The Man in the High Castle’

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A third from ‘Man in the High Castle’

Predestination

Predestination

 

Box marks the spot

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BT installed its 100,000th payphone at Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire in 1992 and included a plaque to explain its significance. It reads:

“You are calling from the BT payphone that marks the centre of Great Britain.”

In fact, the phone is 4.2 miles (6.8 km) from the true centre. Postmaster and shop owner Phil Woodhead said the town did not capitalise on its status.

“There is only that payphone really… we haven’t put up big signs or anything like that. If this was a bigger town with more shops, then maybe we would do something. But because we are so small, there is really no-one to push it.”

Source: BBC News

Mojave Phone Booth

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I listen to a podcast called ‘99% Invisible’. It’s an American series I have been onto for a couple of years – although I only listen in spasmodically.  Podcast no. 202 is title ‘Mojave Phone Booth’ . Cool.

It has led me to a movie I didn’t know about ‘Mojave Phone Booth’ (2006) and the Wikipedia page on the artefact itself – you guessed it, a phone box in the Mojave desert.

This goes a long way to proving that I am not alone in my fascination for phone boxes.

 

Goose tribute

Local phone box is a place to lay tribute to a much loved village goose.

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Photo supplied by SWNS.

Villagers have been left devastated after a goose which had been a much loved part of their community for over a decade was shot dead.

Residents were outraged after learning their feathered friend had been killed in a “spineless” attack, shot close to his left eye with what is thought to have been an air rifle, just yards from the pond where it hatched 11 years ago.”

(Full story on the Telegraph website)