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2016 - Welcome to the office – it's a bit of a squeeze:

New York firm to transform iconic red phone boxes into mini work stations

By Vicki Owen for the Mail On Sunday|Published: 21:56, 30 April 2016 | Updated: 21:56, 30 April 2016

Some of Britain's iconic red phone boxes are set to be given an unusual makeover by a New York co-working space firm. Bar Works is to launch Pod Works in locations including London, Leeds and Edinburgh using old BT phone boxes as mini-work stations for those on the move. Each 'pod' will have wi-fi, a heater, printer, scanner, wireless mouse, 25-inch screen, hot drinks machine and a power bank. 

Future look of telephone kiosks

Call Centre: the Phone Boxes will have a screen, printer and wi-fi

A fee of about £20 a month will provide access via an app to the pods and Bar Works' co-working spaces – former restaurants and bars – in New York and San Francisco. Bar Works chief executive Jonathan Black has done a deal with Red Kiosk Company, a Brighton firm operating a chain of unused red phone boxes. He said: 'Red Kiosk has acquired a lot from BT. I have got 14 so far. Local people will service them and there will be CCTV.' Black, a former venture capital firm boss from London who moved to New York in 2013, said: 'Bar Works started in October last year but I had the idea more than ten years ago. I ran a venture capital firm and had experience of the pub trade. I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great to have all these firms under one roof? Pubs in the UK have rooms upstairs, we could use those.'

But landlords got greedy and charged higher rents, so the model didn't work at that time.He added: 'I came across a closed down bar in New York.  It took a while for people to grasp the idea, but we have three now and 15 per cent of trade is from people walking past.'

He expects the first pods to open in the next eight weeks. Source : The Mail on Sunday

2014 - The 'unloved' Calendar

Daily Telegraph article Calendar failure

This is how I saw the original article - in the Daily Telegraph

After a bit of publicity maybe not

Kiosk Calendar 2014 front cover Wales on Line link Link to the Daily Mail Link to the Daily Mirror Link to the Daily Star Link to The Times

Wales on-line, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Daily Star, The Times

Spoof 2014 Calendar Cover

I prefer the spoof alternative!

2014 - When is a Kiosk an App?

When it's needed to illustrate a cartoon!

Cartoon extolling Apps Robert Thompson web site

Always topical - cartoon copyright Robert Thompson

Red or Green?

The original design of the iconic red British phone boxes were actually green to blend in with the grass and trees. But they blended in so well people started walking into them, so the colour had to change. As Royal Mail also ran telephone services, they were painted the classic red colour. (Source - Daily Mirror)

Row of red telephone kiosks

Row of green kiosks

The header on this page consists of the stamp design of the telephone kiosk as copyrighted to the Post Office and one of the winter 2010 views of our own 'El Tel' covered in snow.

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Page updated : 6th May 2016