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Phone boxes: Do we really need them?

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eRRolSheep Report 15 Jun 2013 16:17

Every phone box I have used in recent times had a cash facility


JustJohn Report 15 Jun 2013 16:24

Mersey. No. I think I made my point very clearly on other thread and it is dead and buried as far as I am concerned.

Errol. If you used such an expression 20 years ago or amongst friends, it would probably be acceptable. Yes, we know Liverpudlians have a great sense of humour.

But at the workplace and on a public site such as this is is unacceptable and I suspect illegal. People now get sacked for saying what appear to many to be funny insults.

Anyway, the architect of that Cathedral was not the one who invented the red phone box. So back to phone boxes after your diversionary tactics.

Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 15 Jun 2013 16:27

True John and there are some still here in H/g not the old fashioned ones though . Can you still buy phone cards??? I would probably still forget to buy them . I should imagine Errol there won't be that many left for cash ....Now here's a big problem tell me what I can do if I need to phone home when I'm so forgetful...on other hand don't bother by the time I got there I would have forgotten what I was phoning about..............don't worry I'm rambling as usual ;-)


Mersey Report 15 Jun 2013 16:32

John is it dead and buried because maybe I have questioned you and you are wrong?????

As for Paddy's Wigwam illegal.....pmsl im a liverpudlian born and bred and there are so many call it such a name.....So get me the handcuffs looks like im going to jail roflmao....

Errol has admitted he got the wrong cathedral :-S


eRRolSheep Report 15 Jun 2013 16:33

Nolls I have just been out to check my nearest phone box and it takes cash. I was in a town the other day and used one that also accepted cash so I think they are still pretty common.

John - no diversionary tactics whatsoever and I have already admitted that I mentioned the wrong cathedral but my comments still stand and I know many people who publicly refer to Paddy's Wigwum


JustJohn Report 15 Jun 2013 17:19

Nolls. You have the answer. If you need to phone home and you are in the middle of nowhere, you simply make your way to Errol's home (is Cheshire close to Harrogate?) and put your cash in box - simple. As long as his box has not been vandalised :-0 :-0


Nyx Report 15 Jun 2013 17:21

A quick google suggests 'most' people, a broad selection from various sites, newspapers etc refer to 'Paddy's wigwam' affectionately. It may not be accurate to describe it thus, but I don't think it was intended as insulting.

From the ferry you can see both Cathedrals in one view, I found that representative of a city which has welcomed and sustained many nationalities and religions and developed it's humour accordingly.

Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 15 Jun 2013 17:26

Errol I'm sure they do and I do think there should be some cash ones round.
John I'd get lost and then I Would need another phone :-D


eRRolSheep Report 15 Jun 2013 17:30

If Nolls breaks down in Cheshire I will not be able to help PMSL
John you really need to read more lol


JustJohn Report 15 Jun 2013 17:33

Sir Frederick Ernest Gibberd (7 January 1908 – 9 January 1984) was the architect of the Mersey Funnel or Patrick's Tent. Have never been in the Metropolitan Cathedral but it does look impressive.

Have been inside the Anglican one and that is well worth a visit. One memory I had was sitting in a large archway with my brother in law. We must have been 60 feet apart at least. He told me to put my ear against a pillar and I could hear him whispering from the distance away. The acoustics are something else.

Have never been inside St Pauls in London either, but folk have told me you have similar acoustic experiences there :-) :-)


eRRolSheep Report 15 Jun 2013 18:03

So it is ok to now say Patrick's Tent rather than Paddy's Wigwam?
As a person with strong religious connections I always make a point of visiting any famous place of worship wherever I go - both for religious reasons and for the wonderful splendid architecture

 Sue In Yorkshire.

Sue In Yorkshire. Report 15 Jun 2013 18:04

Thought this thread was about phone boxes.?????

There are quite a few phone boxes that still take cash..I have 3 within a mile of my home that still take cash and nor vandalised.


JustJohn Report 15 Jun 2013 18:06

Risible. Lololol. Lmbo :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

Edit. Sue. You are right. One with strong religious connections has been showing off his extensive knowledge of Liverpool Cathedrals and, as a result, we have rather drifted from what could have been a good thread.

Not the first time that has happened. I'm getting totally fed up of it, to be honest.

 Sue In Yorkshire.

Sue In Yorkshire. Report 15 Jun 2013 18:32

But John,,
There is no need to keep on about Errol putting Paddy's Wigwam on this thread.

It's time you grew up instead of turning every thread the way you want it to go,which is usually upsetting people..

I am fed up of little boys taking their bats and balls hom.


JustJohn Report 15 Jun 2013 19:20

Sue. I see things very differently to you. I have put up a number of threads like this one of NanaSue's over the months.

Between the sixth and the tenth post (ie when thread is just starting to motor and get interesting) one of this little group put up a post to try and send the thread into the sidings or buffers.

Then their friends pile in (bit of fun in boring lives, I suppose) with same boring and very predictable messing about that they do on their "fun" threads. Then we have to wait about another 20 posts till they get bored again, leave us alone and we can get on with thread.

They have not the slightest interest in this sort of thread, in my view. I hardly ever go on one of their fun threads. I went on Sizzling Saturday or whatever today to make my point - and when the worm turns and they get sidetracked on their own threads, they don't like it up em Captain Mainwaring.

And now I have quite forgotten what this particular thread was all about. Oh yes, red telephone boxes.


KittytheLearnerCook Report 15 Jun 2013 19:32

*shuts John in a phonebox and answers the original question* ;-)

I do think we need them, not everyone has a mobile phone, or if they have the signal can be dodgy.

Ours takes coins or cards and although not in much use. it does no harm sitting there until it is needed :-)


supercrutch Report 15 Jun 2013 19:36

Drove past this countless times each week and never saw a visitor!


Cynthia Report 15 Jun 2013 19:44

There is a red phone box inside Liverpool Cathedral. Quite apt really :-)

John, Paddy's Wigwam is as synonymous to Liverpool as coal is to Newcastle. Absolutely nothing offensive about it. It's been affectionately known as that since the very beginning. It's a beautiful building inside, very different to it's counterpart along Hope Street.

I live in the Liverpool diocese so have been familiar with both buildings for many years. I can remember my late mother-in-law and her friend standing with a tea trolley and tea urn at the back of the cathedral serving tea to visitors. Now they have fantastic refreshment facilities - hoping to go there in a couple of weeks.

Anyway, back to phone boxes...........


JustJohn Report 15 Jun 2013 19:46

Trying I am. Trying to write this from a post box in Cilgerran. Someone with a frying pan and hot poker has forced me inside and locked me in. Attractive but fierce and determined young lady.

I think that is great what they have done, Sue. I do often spot these boxes in people's gardens and some are in pristine condition and make a lovely feature.

There is one in front garden of Rosemary Squires house in Trebanog. How I wish that house could be turned into a museum. Her popularity is returning now that there has been a recent play about her life with Roger Moore. And what a lovely voice she had.


JustJohn Report 15 Jun 2013 19:57

Cynthia. Metropolitan sounds very nice. I like it outside too, and am quite keen to see it inside. Like "Mersey Funnel" better than PW but know what you mean. I have a brother in law who was brought up in the beautiful Dingle of Liverpool and, when sorting out his friends aged about 5, he was asked if he was a Mick or a Billy Boy. Because his name was William he said Billy Boy.

And he has remained a Billy Boy to this day. Even though both his parents were nominal Catholics :-) :-) :-)