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Escape Room (2), seen recently at the cinema
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Spitalfields, London

Have I posted these before? Anyway…

Coffee kiosk, London Bridge

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The Changeling
Utopia

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:

EV charging points to be as ‘iconic’ as red phone boxes

Story by Ioanna Lykiardopoulou

The British Department for Transport (DfT) plans to make EV charging points as iconic as the red phone boxes designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott back in 1926, ‘The Telegraph’ reports. 

The DfT is offering a £200,000 ($283,400) contract to a design team that can develop an “iconic, functional public electric vehicle charge point.” 

The government believes that, by making charging points more appealing to the eye, it can accelerate the expansion of the country’s charging network and, ultimately, the transition to EVs.

As a matter of fact, a 2020 survey conducted by Seat found that a third of UK drivers consider EV charging points as “eyesores.” Half of the survey respondents (49%) said that they didn’t want chargers installed on their street.

Conservative MP and former transport minister Sir John Hayes explained that the new design project would help remedy the aesthetic factor. 

He noted that the new design plan should reach the standards set by Gilbert Scott and that it should result into something immediately identifiable as another piece of emblematic British street furniture.

Admittedly, the DfT is clearly thinking out of the box to incentivize EV adoption – after all, who wouldn’t like a charger that could be as cool as the red phone booth? I can already imagine tourists lining up for a photo.

But if we dig a bit deeper, there’s a sadness to this initiative as well. It shows that there’s still a long way to go before the public accepts EVs as part of everyday life. As far as I know, no effort has ever been made to beautify gas stations, and, boy, do they look ugly.

Source : https://thenextweb.com/news/uk-wants-ev-charging-points-as-iconic-as-red-phone-boxes

Hampsted hampers

In Hampsted, London, these beauties have been repurposed into food stalls.

Thanks to Donna for the photos.

Some real places

Here are some non-fictional places:

A friend sent me this image of ‘Gods Own Junkyard’ in Walthamstow, London. I’ve discovered ancestors who lived there in the late 1700s-mid 1800s. When things open again I’ll go visit.

Suburban garden in Leyland
A newly built office in central London, near St Pauls. A socially distanced space in which to make a phone call.

Lockdown viewing

Part of my Lockdown viewing has included all the repeats of ‘Agatha Christie’s Marple‘ and other Christie versions.

Crooked House

Then I moved onto Poirot and in the image below we have a murder IN the phone box:

The Clocks

Then there’s all the other TV I’ve watched, including:

The Irishman

Posting these I realise how bleak my viewing has been, so here’s something a little brighter:

Your Honor

We just started watching ‘Your Honor‘ and this shot appears in the first 10 minutes or so. I love the way it’s constructed, with balance and form and colour.