Monday, October 1, 2018

Booth (box) blight

“The newest phone boxes are sleek looking, Wi-Fi connected stands with touch screen maps and electronic signs that flash at passersby while also, privacy advocates say, harvesting data from their phones”: The New York Times reports on a telephone booth (box) blight in London.

A related post
Repurposing the British phone booth

comments: 4

Richard Abbott said...

I have to confess that - despite currently working between Charing Cross and Embankment tube station - I haven't seen one of these new-style phone boxes. Perhaps they haven;t strayed far out of Westminster yet? But it is certainly true that very large numbers of the old ones have been repurposed. I recently saw one in a village near Coniston (Cumbria, Lake District) which had been converted into a large fish tank, complete with fish swimming amongst the bubbles of a sizeable aeration system.

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks for this astonishing use for a phone box!

I found some good photographs of the tank here, all the way at the end.

Richard Abbott said...

That's the one, at Torver south of Coniston village. The views on that page (slightly nearer the start) of Chapel Stile are good too, though there's a fair distance between one and the other!

Michael Leddy said...

The distance from these places just grew smaller. Thanks, Richard.