Monday, 29 February 2016

A Dying Breed

Trelawnyd Phone Box

This morning I saw someone in our village phone box.
It was a sight that I have never seen before, so I had to stop and give the woman visitor another look.
She was indeed using the phone!

I am always surprised that British Telicom hasn't  decommissioned it, given the fact that no one ever uses it, but I guess it has survived so long because it is situated on one of the main roads from the A55 and the coast.
I was impressed that the phone inside the box was indeed working.

Many villages now adopt their outmoded telephone boxes. The village of Sandon in Herefordshire used theirs as a goose house until their famouse gander was shot in a drive-by shooting recently.  Other villages have made theirs into miniature lending libraries or " honesty" shops but I have always been impressed by the idea of converted old telephone boxes into a place where a community defibrillator can be stored.   ( see http://www.communityheartbeat.org.uk/adoptatelephonebox.php)

Any idiot can use a modern defibrillator. For fuck's sake, the thing tells you exactly what to do ! All anyone has to do is to press a button!
Alas, at the moment it looks as though our box will remain a phone box .





53 comments:

  1. When we bought our house in San Diego, the former owners had an old British phone box in their living room. It served no purpose. It would have been fun as a library cabinet or china closet.

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  2. Have to say I like the library idea best, being a retired librarian and all. Here in the States there is a movement called Little Free Libraries, sort of two-read-box size boxes set up on posts by folks who stock them with books on their own. People just take a book and are asked to return it or donate another. Many are cleverly designed. The idea is to encourage reading without much bother. If I ever run across an old telephone booth stranded on the strand, I may try to convert it accordingly.

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  3. I like the coffee idea.

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  4. I love the idea of a phone box full of books. They should do it everywhere .. there is a tiny house in my tiny town that has a sign .. it says Library. When you walk in the door, which is about as far as you can go .. there are nothing but boxes of books on the floor and stacked high.
    It is a shame, there are still plenty of people who actually enjoy holding a real book in their hand and turning pages and reading the old fashioned way.
    I have a Kindle , I can read anything on it .. I prefer a real book.
    but that might just be another sign of Me being a Dinosaur.

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  5. I like the coffee idea.

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  6. In child's room to hold books and toys :)

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  7. The library idea sounds/looks wonderful . . .
    I will vote for the coffee though . . .
    Right place, right time . . . a win!

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  8. I love the idea of a defibrillator but, I wonder how long it would last before someone damages or steals it. Greetings Maria x

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    1. Maria, your post card arrived today, it made my day, many thanks x

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    2. I'm glad it arrived and,thank you, your blog always makes my days x

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  9. How did she use it? are there still cards or coins to use it?

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  10. Would you have to press button A or button B to use the defibrillator?

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    1. Just be sure you don't put the phone to your ear and push the defibrillator button instead ! ZZZZZzzzzz :)

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  11. Would LOVE to have one of these!!

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  12. I like the defib idea...they are very quickly getting rid of phone boxes/payphones here in Canada. They usually wound up being vandalized unfortunately.

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  13. I love the idea of a library. I could donate loads of books too as once I read a novel I don't ever want to read it again.

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  14. Telephone boxes a dying breed? Tell me about it!
    As someone who's never owned a mobile, couple of years ago I was to meet the former wife of a deceased friend in a medium sized town in the north-east. She told me that when I got there to give her a ring and she'd pick me up. On arrival I looked for said public telephone in the town's shopping centre, but could I find one? Not on your nelly! I went into the main post office and asked - they didn't know of one. I went out and asked a policeman, he wasn't aware of any either. Need I go on?
    What has the world come to? Exactly what are we supposed to? Just go and ffffffiddle? No wonder us oldies feel totally left behind!

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    1. I have been in the same prediciment too raymondo ,i too dont own a mobile phone

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    2. Good grief! And I thought I must be the only one on the planet. It's reassuring to now know that there are TWO of us!

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  15. We still have a red phone box on the corner of our small estate. It's a very useful landmark for directing delivery men on the long winding country lane that leads here. I can't say I have ever seen anyone using it lately but I would hate to see it go.

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  16. We have one in our village John - next timeI pass it I must look if it really has still got a phone in it.

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  17. When I am tramping the countryside I frequently stop to take photos of old telephone kiosks. It's nice when other uses can be found for them. I have seen several that are information booths with village history, maps etc. inside. But what happens when someone's mobile phone isn't working?

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    1. Perhaps they should also have a port to change all mobile phones?

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  18. Those old telephone boxes were such beautiful things. No modern design can compare.

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    1. RAMEN! our glass phone booths were garbage compared to the "little red box".

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  19. If anyone saw the film Lost Hero the telephone box that featured in it is now a protected building in Pennan, NE Scotland, near where i live and where the filming was done. It still works.

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  20. A friend has a 'neighborhood lending library' just down her street. It's in an old phone booth and no one abuses it, I am quite amazed. It is on a neighborhood honor system.

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    2. Your friend must live in a lovely civilized neighborhood :)

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  21. The Red phone boxes were a nice piece of design and very well made. The one above appears to be well maintained. I tried unsuccessfully to use on a dozen years ago in Yorkshire.

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    1. Ours is also very clean inside.....no pee stains!

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  22. I like the lending library idea. Fosters sense of community as residents share books and perhaps chat.

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  23. The only one's I've seen in Montana are in the very small communities without cell coverage.

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    1. Are they like ours mike totally enclosed?

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    2. some are, some just shells around the phone itself.

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  24. I like the library idea best, although it's pretty nifty that yours is still a phone box, and a coin operated one at that ..... that's the best use for them ;-)

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  25. I can't remember when I last saw a good old fashioned phone box - as a child I had a great time calling the operator every morning for a chat it was free and they never hung up, just politely asked you to stop playing with the phone. I would like to see one kitted out as a mini self service bar actually, complete with mood lighting and just one bar stool for me!

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  26. They are an architectural wonder with many uses including phones. Those of us who only visit the UK occasionally delight in their existence.

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  27. Our local vandalised telephone box is used for drug deals. If it's not nailed down round here some bugger will have it away.

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  28. There is still a telephone box in our village too, unloved and unused sadly. Good luck with the puppy!

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  29. I can't get over the fact that some one shot a goose in a drive-by...What the ever loving hell???
    Our son's preschool has one of those Little Free Library http://littlefreelibrary.org/ outside of it. It is so cute and we do use it. You leave a book and take a book. Our is a pretty big size with two shelves stuffed to the gills. Such a nice way to share books with a community.

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  30. I love the mini-library idea.

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  31. I'm taken aback about the drive-by goose shooting as well ...

    The last time I used an outdoor pay phone was quite a number of years ago. I had car trouble close by and was glad it happened by one of the few remaining public phones. Unfortunately they are located very close to an extremely busy street and it was all I could do to hear and make myself heard! (It was not an enclosed box, just a "half box" and you might as well have a paper bag over your head for all the good the enclosure does.)

    Yours looks very well kept, John.

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  32. Love the library idea!

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  33. I like the idea of a phonebox coffee shop. And perhaps the defibrillator could be stored there as well.

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  34. I can hardly believe it - this showed up in my email from Treehugger today - another use for old telephone booths, this time in Berlin:
    http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/teledisko-defunct-payphone-booths-repurposed-mini-discos.html
    Yes, you read it right - mini-discos!

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  35. IT seems to me that a phone/library/defibrillator/honesty shop combo has huge potential. why choose, who not have the lot! And a phone charging port, mint idea.

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  36. Somebody shot a goose in a phone-box? Jeez! What is wrong with people?

    I like the little library idea.

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  37. Doctor Who?

    Wonderful ideas for the reuse of the box.

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