Dec 10 2009   5:19PM GMT

New uses for old phone booths

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BT is giving away some 6,700 iconic red phone booths for a pound, provided local parish councils find an alternative use for them.
To encourage lateral thinking it is offering prizes for the most creative ideas. This year’s winner is Great Shelford in Cambridgeshire. Local primary school children will install a mannequin, whose identity will change every so often, in the booth and write about the phone calls they think character might make.
First up is Guy Fawkes. Downtime presumes this is the original rather than Guido Fawkes, the political blogger.
In case BT is watching, Downtime would like it to send a booth to US comedian Bob Newhart. Newhart’s one-sided phone call from Sir Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth regarding a cargo of leaves still raises a smile.

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