2020 has been a strange year for shopkeepers. In March all nonessential stores had to close in England. Although most stores were allowed to reopen in July footfall is still down in the shopping centres and malls. Customers are worried about their jobs, many have been put on furlough or on reduced hours. Others prefer to shop on line rather than risk catching covid or wearing a mask.
I help in a local charity shop and we have had to limit the number of customers in store, introduce a one way system, prevent customers trying on clothing and quarantine donations for thirty-six hours. An alarming number of well known names are holding closing down sales.
Cabot circus one of Bristol’s main shopping centres has tried to match the public mood by having low key autumn decorations. Autumn leaves now cover everthing from a piano to a bicycle.
Where are they now? The British phone box
Everyone knows the iconic red telephone box designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1926. In 2006 it was voted one of Britain’s top 10 design classics along with the mini, the submarine, the spitfire, the London tube map, the World Wide web, Corncorde and the routemaster double decker bus. But have you ever wondered what happened to them when we all bought mobile phones. Little used boxes can be adopted for other uses. I have seen them used to house defibrilators, as small libraries and as kiosks but I think these two are rather special.
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