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Obsessive Pawley should think outside the box

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Martin Pawley's sentimental obsession with 'the future' is as touching as it is old-fashioned (AJ 10.10.02). The conversation I had with the late Berthold Lubetkin, which Pawley recalls so impressively in his column, was in fact first published in the AJ 15 years ago.

Since then, it seems to me, the number of (different) telephone kiosks on our urban streets has not diminished but, if anything, increased; for despite the ubiquitous advent of the mobile phone, payphones still meet a need, so why shouldn't they be installed in a decent kiosk?

Now Pawley, as ever besotted with continuous technical revolution, seeks to ridicule arguments in favour of retaining cast-iron (red) pillar boxes. Is communication on paper a thing of the past? Will it ever be?

If not, it is surely as convenient for your engaging columnist as for the rest of us to have public letter boxes around to post them in. Just occasionally, fogeyism is indistinguishable from common sense.

Gavin Stamp, via e-mail

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