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Phone boxes: Do we really need them?

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SueMaid Report 16 Jun 2013 09:50

I can't remember the last time I used a public phone in a phone box. They are few and far between here in Oz. We do have public phones in shopping centres and I have often seen them in use.


AnnCardiff Report 16 Jun 2013 10:13

I do try my best to talk tidy Dermot!!! :-D :-D


supercrutch Report 16 Jun 2013 10:30

Calls used to cost 4d but by judicial use of tapping out the number on the receiver rest you would get connected for nothing ;-)

You should have inserted money, dialled number and pressed button A when call answered or pressed button B to get your 4d back if no answer.


LadyScozz Report 16 Jun 2013 12:37

I don't remember the last time I saw a red telephone box (except in a friend's garden, he bought it & converted into a shower, next to the pool).

There a place near Tweed Heads that sells them, name of Red Ned's...... if you're in the UK the shipping will be horrendous lolol

The last public 'phones I have seen were grey boxes, or the ones in shopping centres with a "hood" like thing over them. Most big shopping centres (malls) have direct phone lines to taxi companies, a free call.

OH has a mobile 'phone for work, but when we go out it stays at home (unless we go far from home).

btw ~ I've got "Paddy" blood....... and I don't find the word offensive.


eRRolSheep Report 16 Jun 2013 12:59

Well, I have been on here now for 378 hours - or is it 379.618 hours?
I will have to ask my diligent PA although I must admit I do find their incessant fascination - even if totally incorrect - somewhat worrying and obsessive.

Incidentally, I rang one of my friends this morning (a lifelong Liverpudlian) to ask what locals call the Catholic cathedral.

The answer?

"Paddy's Wigwam of course. Everyone knows that!"


jax Report 16 Jun 2013 13:11

HID is a scouser and he calls it Paddys wigwam....he also has a brother in law who is a real vicar in Liverpool and he has been known to call it that.

As for phone boxes cant remember although I probably used one in Gatwick airport to call for a taxi 10 years ago when I dropped my phone down the loo whilst away


Mersey Report 16 Jun 2013 17:08

Im a scouser through and through and "Paddys Wigwam" has never bothered me or anyone I associate with in Liverpool......... :-D :-D Geeeeeeeeeeeeezzz


RolloTheRed Report 16 Jun 2013 19:42

Visiting rellies in the wilds not so very far from Edmonton ( using "not far" in the Canadian sense of the word ) I dd not notice pay phones dotted around the prairie at convenient intervals. I did notice that outside of urban areas mobile phone coverage is next to non existent.

Canada is why they invented aeroplanes. Along with Australia neither country could exist without them. Before aeroplanes Canadians used to shout very loudly. Monty Python's lumberjack song reminds us of that.

Maybe Google's idea of balloon communications had Canada in mind.

Or they could all move to Vancouver or Bainbridge Island but that would involved learning Mandarin Chinese.


AnnCardiff Report 16 Jun 2013 19:47

I see him who is mortally offended by nickname "Paddy's Wigwam" has gone eerily quiet - result then :-D :-D


eRRolSheep Report 16 Jun 2013 19:55

Must have gone to evensong at the wigwam


JustJohn Report 16 Jun 2013 19:58

Taffs Well, thanks AnnC :-D Nothing to add, as the Metropolitan Cathedral does not look anything like a red phone box. From any angle. And, whatever we like to call it, it is totally irrelevant to thread. A red earring, as we say. :-) ;-)


eRRolSheep Report 16 Jun 2013 20:05

oh for heavens sake - it was a joke that may have been slightly over your head about designers. I got the wrong chapel at first but the joke remains. Grow up and move on.


JustJohn Report 16 Jun 2013 20:09

Cathedrals are not chapels. Sorry to correct one so versed in religion. Telephone boxes is the subject of this thread. You have many other threads you are playing on. So why this one?


eRRolSheep Report 16 Jun 2013 20:14

because you get things wrong all the time and it is soooooo funny

Chapels are churches are cathedrals - wherever one or two are met in my name and all that? lolol

Thank you for giving me so much enjoyment John and thank you for keeping tabs on my time spent online


AnnCardiff Report 16 Jun 2013 20:16

Taffs Well - far too close for comfort methinks


Tecwyn Report 16 Jun 2013 21:35

The red telephone box in my village takes cash and cards. It has never been vandalised as far as I know. There is no appropriate building in the village where the facility could be located.
As the mobile phone signal here is blocked by the mountain, and at best very poor, the kiosk is in frequent use by tourists, walkers, holidaymakers, and others.
The poster that suggested that the red kiosks are now redundant and should be removed is wrong - they are essential in many rural areas.


 Sue In Yorkshire.

Sue In Yorkshire. Report 16 Jun 2013 22:17

I think this thread is about this article that was on BBC news last week...

If people don't /won't fight tokeep their red phone boxes then they will lose them.


JustJohn Report 17 Jun 2013 09:15

I think red phone boxes are redundant because vandalism in most if not all parts of UK is so rife. If we cannot defeat this mindless vandalism, only alternative in my view is to move all public facilities (and I think I do mean all) inside buildings used by the public.

So, if a largish supermarket, garage etc is built, it has to provide and maintain certain facilities like a phone. There are then always staff on site to deter vandals.

Just a quick comment to Hank Marvin - chapels traditionally are within Cathedrals or were chapels of ease attached to a Cathedral or large church and some distance away. More recently (200-300 years) the name has been used in non-conformity also and, in Wales at any rate, people are "Church" or "Chapel". And, if anyone cannot see the relevance of that, neither can I frankly. :-S :-S


~`*`Jude`*`~ Report 17 Jun 2013 09:37

Yes we do need them and lets send John out to keep guard, he could set up camera's a finger print team and spend even more hours on the puter:))

jude :-D :-)


JustJohn Report 17 Jun 2013 10:12

Jude :-D :-D You can read my mind :-D ;-)

I wanted to be one of those retired men who stand at the side of the road with a speed gun and stop motorists for speeding. But phone box security would be even more fun in my hi-vis and Doc Martens. :-) :-)