The Glory Days of the Payphone

A look at Tameside’s payphones, past and present

Telephone
When Vince Met Giles: two K6 telephone boxes in central Manchester, seen outside the Town Hall Extension. A chance meeting between a creation by Vincent Harris and two of Giles Gilbert Scott’s finest. One of Tameside’s best known K6 boxes is the one on Bow Street and Market Street behind Ashton-under-Lyne’s indoor market hall. Image by Ian Livesey, 05 March 2016 (Public Domain).

In the last thirty years, the way we kept in contact with our friends and loved ones have changed dramatically. In 1987, having a mobile phone meant you were: 1) pretty loaded; 2) the head of a drugs cartel; or 3) a bodybuilder able to pick up the damn thing. Whilst City types were cavorting in and out of London in flash cars with car phones, the average Ashtonian struggled to find ten pence for the phone box outside Woolworths.

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The Joy of Silence and the Music of Being

Why Silence is Golden

The road to Gairloch in the Scottish Highlands
The road to Gairloch, leading to one of the most tranquil places I have ever had the joy of visiting in 2013. Image taken by Shearings Holidays (2014), who introduced me to this part of the world (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

I am probably the last person on Earth to be associated with silence. In nearly ten years of running East of the M60, my online life has multiplied. Firstly, my first online experience was via college, since 1996. This was in The Good Old Days of Netscape 2.0, when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser was a mere upstart. We chatted to distant friends by email. As for our friends closer to home, we used to go to the pub. Continue reading “The Joy of Silence and the Music of Being”

The Shock of the Old: Film or Digital Photography?

Is new really cracked up to be or is old better? Here’s the second of a series of posts on East of the M60.

For our second post in the series, the advantages and disadvantages of email and the Royal Mail are analogous to both digital and film media.

In our second post under The Shock of the Old, we focus on the differences between film and digital photography. In other words, the joys of waiting for your holiday photos or sharing them online. Continue reading “The Shock of the Old: Film or Digital Photography?”

The Shock of the Old: Royal Mail Versus Email

Is new really cracked up to be or is old better? Starting this week is the first of a series of posts on East of the M60.

For the first of a series of posts, I am inspired by both my personal experience and recent (analogue and digital era) interaction with a fellow creative. A fellow whom by coincidence happens to have similar architectural interests and the same horoscope.

In our first post under The Shock of the Old, we focus on the differences between Postman Pat and Postman POP3. In other words Email versus the Royal Mail. Continue reading “The Shock of the Old: Royal Mail Versus Email”