Tag Archives: rural

The Leftovers

We recently finished watching season 3 of the excellent tv series ‘The Leftovers’. There were a couple of arty shots of phone boxes, set in my home nation of Australia. I like the added satellite dish on top of the phone in the second photo.

Quebec City, Canada

quebec-city-canada

Old City

On the road

On the road

Phone closures

This appeared in the ‘i’ newspaper yesterday (11 October 2016). Sign of the times:

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Which leads nicely onto this:

phone-wisdom

Box marks the spot

central phone box

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

Climate effects

There has recently been much flooding across areas of the UK. Here is a photo relevant to this blog:

flooded phone

Source: BBC News

 

Cyprus

We just spent a couple of weeks in Cyprus and came across these phones. In Nicosia I was giving up on seeing a phone in the Old City but just outside the walls, by the Museum entrance there was a very special one – solar powered (see below):

Lempa - by the house with the trippy ceramic walls

Lempa – by the house with the trippy ceramic walls

Nicosia

Nicosia

Nicosia

Nicosia

Nicosia solar phone

Nicosia solar phone

Paphos

Paphos

Paphos marina

Paphos marina

Troodos

Troodos

Cyprus village

Cyprus village

Larnaca

Larnaca

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)…

tilbury-fort-essex-1

tilbury-fort-essex-2

Updating Eastern Europe

Here are some oldies that hadn’t made it onto the site yet. (Suzette stars in Budapest and it’s me in the middle box in Krakow.)

Hungary, Budapest (1997?)

Hungary, Budapest (1997?)

Poland, Krakow (1997?)

Poland, Krakow (1997?)

Slovenia, Ljubljana

Slovenia, Ljubljana

Slovenia, Stanjel

Slovenia, Stanjel

Post box story

This is a post box story that tickles my fancy so I thought I should share it…

Uri Geller and other villagers have been left confused by the sudden arrival of a red letter box in the middle of a bridge…

Sudden appearance…

TV

All of a sudden I see loads of phone boxes on the small screen. I guess they are still an integral part of the modern world.

Vegas, (2012) S1 E5:

Vegas': S1 E5.

In the flesh, (2013) E3:

'In the flesh': episode 3

Shetland (2013):

'Shetland'

Another from ‘Shetland’. I like this because it shows clearly why it is unlikely we will ever see the end of the phone box and landline, at least in some parts of the world.

'Shetland'