Saturday 15 October 2011

It's the Thought that Counts

Many of the telephone boxes in Newcastle are red.
My international readership may need some explanation here. The red telephone box is something of a British institution, and people are very fond of them, but they are sadly an endangered species these days, having been largely driven out by plain, square, BT branded phone boxes. Here's a picture of that dying breed:

Here's a photo I took of one of the red telephone boxes in Newcastle:
My first reaction was that that's just ridiculous. It might be a red telephone box, but it's not a red telephone box, why bother pretending.
But I thought about it some more, and you know what? I love it. I love that someone, apparently, thought 'They don't make red telephone boxes any more, but we'll do the best we can. We'll have our telephone boxes painted red.' Thank you, whoever that was. The effort is appreciated.


  1. We had red phone boxes in Australia until the 70s when they were removed and sold by auction for next to nothing. I heard someone bought 50 for $50.

  2. I went to England four years ago, and I had to get a picture of one of them because they are just so darn iconic! It's a shame that they're starting to disappear...