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Telephone Boxes.

As part of my personal development I myself recently undertook a big project on a topic that I personally find really interesting and important. It goes without saying that I find telephone boxes very interesting, and I thought SomersetClive readers might find them interesting too. Here is an extract from my homework.

Telephone boxes in the UK have a long and somewhat uneventful history. They was first introduced in the late 13th century, primarily as a way for people to make phone calls. This was in a day and age when people didn’t have mobile phones. Which is way before my time.

Telephone boxes are usually red. I myself personally like the colour red. Not all telephone boxes are red though, some of them are made of glass. The first telephone boxes weren’t red which made them hard to find. Painting them red meant that it was harder for them to hide.

For many years, these telephone boxes served as a convenient way for people to communicate. However, with the advent of mobile phones in the late 20th century, the demand for public telephone boxes began to decline.

In recent years, many telephone boxes have fallen into disuse, and some have been repurposed for various purposes, such as housing defibrillators, homeless people, or even zoos.

Overall, the history of telephone boxes in the UK is a story of technological evolution and changing communication habits, resulting in these once important structures becoming less relevant and somewhat mundane in the modern era.

I myself think that removing underused telephone boxes is not a good idea and we should be thinking outside of the box and coming up with some better ideas. One idea which I personally think is very good is to use the existing infrastructure of the old telephone boxes and update them for the new technologically and digitally advanced technological and digital age.

I have put a lot of thought into this currently the phone box in question serves a very important important function. With the lack of provision of toilet provision in Smalltown this particular box could be fitted with a urinal for men caught short. I myself believe that this is already one of the purposes it serves.

Also, technology advances every day with technological advances all the time. Free mobile phone charging and WiFi could be available. This would make it much easier for the business owners who I myself have personally heard from other people often congregate in that area waiting to meet their customers.

I personally think phone boxes are the future.

(Ed – Steve, why are you now mentoring Robb? I thought Emma was doing it?

Mr Editor, Sir. Emma challenged me to an arm wrestling competition and I lost. Don’t worry though, I don’t think he will be here for much longer. The Smalltown Weekly Snooze has said they will take him on for his work experience placement if we pay them £50, so…”

Ed – £50?? Seriously? We pay them £50? No.”)

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