Posted onJuly 18, 2019|Comments Off on 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…
Posted onApril 26, 2019|Comments Off on 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.
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.