Tag Archives: urban

China’s replicas of Western towns

Cian Oba-Smith explores the phenomenon of Chinese copycat architecture.

Over the last fifteen years, a large number of settlements have been built on the outskirts of cities like Shanghai and Hangzhou in China, to replicate Western metropolises. In one, Venice’s canals are reconstructed between Venetian-style buildings. In another, the Eiffel Tower has been reproduced in the centre of a network of mock Parisian streets. Elsewhere, the Western features are more subtle; the odd red phone box or Roman pillar nestled among Mandarin street signs…

Click through to the British Journal of Photography magazine to see the article.

Northern Ireland

Bushmills Distillery

Giant’s Causeway
Belfast

Canterbury City Council offering reward to catch graffiti vandals

I don’t think I’ve featured vandalised phone booths before – but that’s what a lot of them are like these days….

A local authority is offering a £500 reward to anyone who can help it convict vandals responsible for a series of tags across a district.

Canterbury City Council is hoping the inducement will aid its crackdown on graffiti, which it says is costing taxpayers thousands of pounds to clear up.

Community committee chairman Neil Baker says such vandalism “is having a damaging effect on our community”.

For the full article click here.

Spitalfields, London

Berlin – Easter 2019

Man who was living in Greenhithe telephone box ‘receiving the help he needs’

An update on a previous story…

A man who has been living in a telephone box in Station Road, Greenhithe, is “receiving the help he needs”. The update, from Kent County Cllr Peter Harman, follows concern for the rough sleeper, thought to be in his early 20s. He has been working to support the man alongside the Revs Carol and Andrew Avery, of St Mary, Greenhithe and St Mary, Stone.

For the full article click here.

Athens

We spent a weekend in Athens recently, where phones are plentiful.

My favourite phone shot of the weekend, taken in the courtyard of the Byzantine and Christian Museum:

 

Australia

I was recently sent this shot from a cousin:

Tilba, NSW

I just returned from a visit home to Australia and took these while I was away:

Fremantle, WA

Montville , QLD

UK

A couple of recent images from here in the UK. One is a standard, iconic shot another shows the new uses to which old rural boxes are being put to, and one from Barri Island, Wales:

Cambridge

Cressbrook, Peak District

Barri Island

New style UK phone box and more

I go to Finsbury Park, in north London, regularly and noticed the phone box  shown below had appeared since my last visit:

A few weeks later, just a couple of metres along from this box, appeared a freaky installation which I assume is a communication device.  I can’t call it a phone box as there is no box. What is it? If calling someone will you see their image in the long, thin screen? Feels a little Blade Runneresque.