Phone Box Thursday: B3215, Belstone Corner

This is one of Mum and Dad’s phone box finds while out on their travels – it’s another one from Devon.

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Red phone box, B3215, Belstone Corner, 11th September 2018.

(Coordinates 50°77’08.5″N, 3°94’86.0″W.)

Interestingly, this box and its surroundings appear to have been tidied up a bit between the Google Street View photo in April 2017 and the September 2018 photo above! New coat of paint from what I can see. Nice to see a council doing proper phone box maintenance.

Phone Box Thursday: Het Haasje, Maarheeze

Google Translate tells me that ‘het haasje’ translates as ‘the hare’. Google Maps, meanwhile, tells me that lots of roads are called ‘Het Haasje’ in the Netherlands. There is clearly a linguistic quirk at play here that I’m not quite getting.

Anyway, these two phone boxes were discovered by Mum and Dad in a petrol station cafe while travelling through Maarheeze.

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Red phone boxes, Het Haasje, Maarheeze, 2nd August 2018.

(Coordinates 51°32’25.5″N, 5°59’36.4″E.)

If you click on the Google Street View link above, you can just about see the two red boxes through the window on the right hand side of the cafe.

It’s always interesting to see classic red phone boxes in non-UK locations. Surprising that these ones have found themselves in a Dutch petrol station cafe!

Phone Box Thursday: Wallgate, Wigan

This nice duo of phone boxes were again found by Mum and Dad while out and about in Wigan. Lucky, too, because due to the dilapidated state of Wigan town centre, they don’t want to go there again!

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Red phone boxes, Wallgate, Wigan, 10th December 2018.

(Coordinates 53°54’55.0″N, 2°63’23.0″W.)

These two stand outside Wigan Post Office, which is apparently at risk of closure. Like phone boxes, post offices get no respect in the 21st century.

Phone Box Thursday: River Street, Mevagissey

This is another phone box that Mum and Dad spotted while out on their travels.

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Red phone box, River Street, Mevagissey, 13th September 2018.

(Coordinates 50°27’02.4″N, 4°78’79.7″W.)

This is another good example of the ‘two-for-one’ phone box and postbox combo. It’s also got one of those ’00s updates that gave phone boxes basic email functionality, making it marginally more useful for the 21st century.

Phone Box Thursday: B3217, Iddesleigh

I have no idea how Mum and Dad keep finding the tiniest, remotest villages in England to stay in (it’s possibly by means of the CAMRA Good Pub Guides that Geth used to give them for Christmas), but they’re certainly good places to find phone boxes!

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Red phone box, B3217, Iddesleigh, 11th September 2018.

(Coordinates 50°85’57.7″N, 4°03’31.9″W.)

It’s always nice to see a phone box with a handy postbox next to it. Every means of 20th century communication in the one place. Unless you want that newfangled internet stuff, in which case you’re out of luck.

Vintage fair haul: Lou Lou’s Newcastle Vintage Fair

There were two vintage fairs going on in town today – there was also a kilo sale going on at Northumbria SU – but as I’m limiting myself to just one or two pieces per vintage fair day at the moment, I thought it’d be a bit of a waste to go to the kilo sale, so I stuck to Lou Lou’s at the Civic Centre. One piece only today – adding to my vintage ’80s jumper collection!

Vintage fair haul
New ’80s jumper. I love the snowflake pattern!

It’s a good time of year for vintage fairs, so I should be able to collect a few more jumpers and other things over the next couple of months!

Phone Box Thursday: Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine

It’s another of Mum and Dad’s phone box spots!

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Red phone box, Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, 12th April 2018.

(Coordinates 56°23’36.5″N, 4°42’86.4″W.)

Interestingly, there are several photos of this phone box online that indicate it was only turned into a defibrillator box at some point between 2016 and 2018. Trossachs Pier is in the middle of nowhere and there seems to be a lot of cycling and other activity going on, so this could be a very useful development.

Another one from Loch Katrine next week.

Phone Box Thursday: Harbour Street, Kincardine

This is another phone box that Mum and Dad spotted while on holiday – this time in Canada.

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Red phone box, Harbour Street, Kincardine, 1st August 2017.

(Coordinates 44°17’69.8″N, 81°63’67.4″W.)

When UK councils first started getting rid of red phone boxes, a lot of them got sold abroad as tourist attractions, which is why you sometimes find them outside the UK. Better that someone appreciates them this way than they get thrown into the creepy red phone box graveyard (although I have to confess I would like to visit that graveyard one day).

Something closer to home next week!