Friday, March 13, 2009

Technology changes

A public telephone.

The other week when I was on my journey through Dorset, we drove down a very steep hill called Spread Eagle hill, at the bottom there are many sharp bends, the road really cannot cope with today's large lorries. This pretty little hamlet is plastered with gizmos to get the traffic to slow down.
At the bottom of the hill I saw a phone box. A sign on this box stated Cash not taken Phonecards only! Ridiculous I said, who on earth uses phone boxes on a regular basis, let alone carry a phonecard.

I remember when I was a teenager before we had a telephone, I had to walk down the road to a phonebox and sometimes wait. It was always an uncomfortable feeling when you were on the phone and someone arrived waiting for you to finish. I am so glad that I don't have to use a public phonebox anymore to keep in touch with my friends.


Old Fashioned Now



The French word for bottom is bas

The French word for eagle is aigle

Etymology for the word remember.

PS..................When did you last use a public payphone???

12 comments:

LadyFi said...

I like Facebook - invaluable tool for keeping up with my family that is spread around the world!

When did I last use a phone booth?? To call friends with - can't remember! However, I use one regularly in order to pull my pants on over my tights and go out to save the world... ;-)

J Cosmo Newbery said...

When did I last see a phone booth that hadn't been gutted and trashed...?

Lee said...

A friend of my parents was in a phone box that was cleaned up by a runaway car. He survived but swore by mobile phones after that.

Blu said...

Crikey Lee I never knew they were so dangerous

French Fancy said...

I'm a newbie on Facebook and I love it. It's a much better photo hosting site than Flickr - well I found it so anyway. I've renewed contact with so many if not friends then ex-work colleagues and acquaintances. I don't know why I waited so long

Robynn's Ravings said...

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Jilly said...

Slightly different I know, but when I went back to UK a couple of years ago, I noticed there was a new style phone box near a supermarket in Hastings, I thought oh ok they are updating them now, but was utterly disgusted to see the first language written on the phonebox was Polish!

Diane said...

I used a payphone in London in October because I couldn't get my mobile to work.

I can't bring myself to do Facebook either. I'm 'connected' enough, I think.

Henry the Dog's Mum said...

I truly can't remember using a payphone after my teen years. From what I remember they always smelled of stale pee. We used to make stupid phone calls to the samaritans pretending to be suicidal. I've felt guilty about doing it ever since, it really plays on my mind from time to time. I was a stupid, stupid teensager. I don't like them (public phones and teenagers). Horrible, strange things. Give me a mobile phone anytime.

Henry the Dog's Mum said...

And of course, I meant to type 'teenager' not 'teensager'

TOM FOOLERY said...

I'm liking that car. I actually used one quite recently, forgot to recharge the old mobile.

Oh, I remember awhile ago listening to Radio 4 this reporter set up this experiment where he called random phone boxes across the UK. If, they were answered by members of the public he got into some wonderful quirky conversation with them. It was very funny and an original concept methinks.

I like quirky :) TFx

bindu said...

Don't remember when I last used a public phone in the US, but I used one recently in Argentina! It is mind boggling how much communication has changed and how many ways there are now, to keep in touch with people. When I first came to the US as a grad student 17 years ago, I was mostly broke and didn't have money to make calls, especially to India. So those calls were valuable, with lots of info crammed in. I wrote lots of long letters though, to friends and my parents. Don't do that any more ...