No prizes for guessing the song in my head this evening. Somewhere out there, someone thinks like me. In July last year, in a post titled ‘Seeing Red’, I articulated – somewhat hesitantly – that the iconic British red telephone booths might be modified to become mobile charging stations. They could then serve a useful purpose and have good reason to remain on English streets.
This idea had been in my head for some time and I may have even voiced it once or twice, possibly to the accompaniment of the metaphoric rolling of eyes. So it was something of a lovely surprise to chance upon the following letter in the December 2012 issue of National Geographic Magazine:
So perhaps it’s not such a far-fetched idea after all and perhaps mine is not (always) a ditzy voice calling in the wilderness. On a distant continent, in a different hemisphere, someone thinks just like me. It’s somehow rather reassuring.
My thoughts returning to telephone boxes, I have looked up their history and status on Google and established that although they’re regarded as an ‘endangered species’ these days, at least 2000 of them have been declared listed buildings and will remain in London as always. There is something comforting about their constancy and in the knowledge that they will be around for years to come.