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Phone box humour from the Far Side

Cat in a box

Unsolicited (but on this occasion welcome) FB post

Found in the archives

I came across an exciting find in the archives recently – a tv script from June 1992 entitled ‘BT Payphones’. Written by Crystal Images, likely for the tv show Tomorrow’s World, it includes scenes extolling the virtues of the payphone and selling it’s latest development, such as multiple payment methods. It seems that by the early 1990s our favourite red box was already seeen as ‘quaint and traditional – a unique symbol of Britain’s heritage’.

Here are a couple of screen shots:

Snail attraction

Here is a cutting from issue 400 (2020) of the Fortean Times:

Coffee anyone?

Tiny places

The Guardian has published an uplifting piece about tiny places and I’m glad to see a phone box has made the list. Click here for the full article.

Warley Museum, West Yorkshire

Inside the Warley Museum, housed in a red telephone box

When the local community association opened up the floor to buying and converting a Warley telephone box in 2016, artists Paul Czainski, 69, and his wife Chris (pictured) suggested turning it into a museum. “Once we’d put our hands up, it was our responsibility,” says Paul, who has turned the back wall into a local history display, made a mosaic floor of broken bits dug up from allotments and etched famous Yorkshire images into its glass panels. Displays change every three months and have included “the world’s smallest art exhibition” – teeny works by 40 artists – and collections of beer bottle tops and fossils.

It’s free to enter and accommodates two at a time, though displays are visible from outside. Upkeep is a cinch as Paul and Chris live across the road. “The charm is people can walk past without realising, then be drawn back for a closer look. We love to see their reactions. It’s only little, but it’s very important.”

Real crime

We’ve started watching ‘Mindhunter’, set in the USA in the 1970s. There was mention of a serial killer who, when expecting to be hunted by police and finding he was not, rang in from a phone booth to confess. Here’s a screen shot from Wikipedia:

Google honours the icon

Gile Gilbert Scott, the English architect who designed the red telephone box, was born on the 9th November 1880. Google celebrated this with a fancy remake of its own icon.

Personalised phone booth

Unexpectedly came across this when on the way to the beach…

Henderson’s Car Sales of St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Covid-19 lockdown and the phone box

This article in the Guardian showes how relevant phone boxes still are to communities in the modern world. (A small piece of good news in a time when 98% of news articles just bring me down.)

Drum rolls, bread rolls and rolling wheels – the upside of lockdown

Susan Crawford, a founder of the phone box community food larder in Muthill, Perthshire, checks the provisions. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

It is heart warming to see every aspect of society transformed to join the effort against coronavirus, with Harry Potter buses turning into NHS shuttles, an old red phone box becoming a food hub, and an ancient water mill brought back into action to tackle the flour shortage…

Village in Scotland turns phone box into community larder

A disused red phone box has been transformed into a mini food hub, stocking groceries and other essentials for residents struggling with the coronavirus lockdown.

Muthill, a village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, is home to 675 residents. Corinna Robertson and Susan Crawford decided to set up the “take what you need” service after realising just how badly the lockdown had hit some people.

“We realised this is worse than we thought. People are off work and have no income and it’ll take a while for them to get money through,” said Robertson, a 52-year-old garage worker who was recently furloughed.

The larder, which was set up on 9 April, is particularity useful for those who cannot drive and who might struggle to get to the nearby town of Crieff to stock up. “The response has been incredible. The local pub, which no longer has income, donated chocolate Easter lollies for kids,” she added. “It’s great community spirit.”

They have even considered keeping the hub open after the lockdown finishes to help people get back on their feet. “People might be in this predicament for a while, being behind with bills.”

Local residents use the community food larder in Muthill, near Crieff, Perthshire. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

For the full article click here: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/apr/15/drum-rolls-bread-rolls-and-rolling-wheels