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(BBC-US)   British towns reinstalling Doctor Who-style Tardis police call boxes because they actually reduce crime, although they do attract Daleks   (bbc.com) divider line 34
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2014-04-03 01:21:14 PM
Will they serve jelly babies?

What a wonderful Butler. He so violent!
 
2014-04-03 01:25:25 PM
I think they're actually a pretty cool idea.  As I understand it, the beat-walking police catch someone and put them in the box as a temporary holding cell until a vehicle can arrive to cart the hooligan off to real jail, or as the British call it, Locky-Uppy-Timey-Outey.
 
2014-04-03 01:27:53 PM
Wait this police call box is being installed at the police office?  Can someone decifer this and let me know what I'm missing because this sounds like a waste.

FTA:  "We will endeavour to have a member of staff with the police box as much as is operationally possible during the trading hours in the precinct," he added.
A yellow telephone is attached to the box which members of the public can use to contact Dorset Police when it is not staffed by police and community support officers.
 
2014-04-03 01:37:55 PM
It's bigger on the inside.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-03 01:38:19 PM

Tardis police call boxes because they actually reduce crime, although they do attract Daleks


COM-MUNI-CATE! COM-MUNI-CATE!


That's TARDIS, btw. It's an acronym.
 
2014-04-03 01:44:14 PM
Do they attract long-limbed, red-haired Scots?
 
2014-04-03 01:52:28 PM
Next report is about how large numbers of angel statues start mysteriously appearing around the call boxes, and that these towns seem to be very empty lately.
 
2014-04-03 01:53:41 PM

Wellon Dowd


Do they attract long-limbed, red-haired Scots?


Well, if that's your thing...


pioneersofbearddom.com
 
2014-04-03 02:16:19 PM

Gary-L: It's bigger on the inside.


[upload.wikimedia.org image 240x320]


That's what I said.  After a disappointing night with your Mom.

\Bah-dum-tish
\\Looking forward to Karen Gillan in Oculus.
 
2014-04-03 02:25:20 PM
And if that crime is a stabbing there's always a doctor around.
 
2014-04-03 02:40:24 PM

TNel: Wait this police call box is being installed at the police office?  Can someone decifer this and let me know what I'm missing because this sounds like a waste.

FTA:  "We will endeavour to have a member of staff with the police box as much as is operationally possible during the trading hours in the precinct," he added.
A yellow telephone is attached to the box which members of the public can use to contact Dorset Police when it is not staffed by police and community support officers.


This is a British vs American English confusion,  in Britain precinct would normally be taken to mean a shopping precinct, i.e. the pedestrianized area in the middle of a town with a lot of shops around it. See definition 2:


http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/precinct
 
2014-04-03 02:59:29 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: Wellon Dowd

Do they attract long-limbed, red-haired Scots?


Well, if that's your thing...


Grease me up woman!
 
2014-04-03 03:13:24 PM

Wellon Dowd: Do they attract long-limbed, red-haired Scots?


i394.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-03 03:47:30 PM

xria: TNel: Wait this police call box is being installed at the police office?  Can someone decifer this and let me know what I'm missing because this sounds like a waste.

FTA:  "We will endeavour to have a member of staff with the police box as much as is operationally possible during the trading hours in the precinct," he added.
A yellow telephone is attached to the box which members of the public can use to contact Dorset Police when it is not staffed by police and community support officers.

This is a British vs American English confusion,  in Britain precinct would normally be taken to mean a shopping precinct, i.e. the pedestrianized area in the middle of a town with a lot of shops around it. See definition 2:


http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/precinct


As someone who lives in the next town along, I can say this is correct.

The police station is in a mostly residential area outside the town. The precinct is the main shopping area, which used to be the main road, but is now pedestrianised, and about a mile and half away away from the police station.

Knowing the local population, I'll give it a week before it's either stolen or burnt out.
 
2014-04-03 03:51:02 PM

TheManWho: Knowing the local population, I'll give it a week before it's either stolen or burnt out.


Here in the states, a box like that in any decent sized population center, especially a retail hub, would become a public restroom within the first week. (Bonus: It doubles as a shelter for any wandering homeless!) Is that a problem in the UK?
 
2014-04-03 04:12:21 PM

Brainsick: TheManWho: Knowing the local population, I'll give it a week before it's either stolen or burnt out.

Here in the states, a box like that in any decent sized population center, especially a retail hub, would become a public restroom within the first week. (Bonus: It doubles as a shelter for any wandering homeless!) Is that a problem in the UK?


THE HOBOS HAVE THE BLUE BOX
 
2014-04-03 04:19:03 PM

Brainsick: TheManWho: Knowing the local population, I'll give it a week before it's either stolen or burnt out.

Here in the states, a box like that in any decent sized population center, especially a retail hub, would become a public restroom within the first week. (Bonus: It doubles as a shelter for any wandering homeless!) Is that a problem in the UK?


There's a reason why the phone boxes here are no longer this style:

www.dluk.info

(except in the centre of London to keep tourists happy)

and are now this style:

www.astoncantlow.com

and that's to let the urine drain out through the open bottom.
 
2014-04-03 04:43:41 PM

TheManWho: Brainsick: TheManWho: Knowing the local population, I'll give it a week before it's either stolen or burnt out.

Here in the states, a box like that in any decent sized population center, especially a retail hub, would become a public restroom within the first week. (Bonus: It doubles as a shelter for any wandering homeless!) Is that a problem in the UK?

There's a reason why the phone boxes here are no longer this style:

[www.dluk.info image 300x400]

(except in the centre of London to keep tourists happy)

and are now this style:

[www.astoncantlow.com image 363x613]

and that's to let the urine drain out through the open bottom.


www.prlog.org

What is this "phone booth"you speak of?
 
2014-04-03 04:47:53 PM
The windows are the wrong size.
 
2014-04-03 04:52:32 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: Tardis police call boxes because they actually reduce crime, although they do attract Daleks


COM-MUNI-CATE! COM-MUNI-CATE!


That's TARDIS, btw. It's an acronym.


Actually, even the official BBC sources go back and forth between TARDIS and Tardis. A lot of the old Target novelizations wrote it as Tardis.

Plus, over time a lot of common acronyms lose the all caps. For example, hardly anyone ever writes RADAR or SCUBA any more, even though they are both really acronyms. You could assume that time lords see them the same way, common enough to not need all caps.
 
2014-04-03 04:57:13 PM

TheManWho: Brainsick: TheManWho: Knowing the local population, I'll give it a week before it's either stolen or burnt out.

Here in the states, a box like that in any decent sized population center, especially a retail hub, would become a public restroom within the first week. (Bonus: It doubles as a shelter for any wandering homeless!) Is that a problem in the UK?

There's a reason why the phone boxes here are no longer this style:



(except in the centre of London to keep tourists happy)

and are now this style:



and that's to let the urine drain out through the open bottom.


Good to know. Truly, human nature knows no national boundaries
 
2014-04-03 05:09:02 PM

Mad_Radhu: Englebert Slaptyback: Tardis police call boxes because they actually reduce crime, although they do attract Daleks


COM-MUNI-CATE! COM-MUNI-CATE!


That's TARDIS, btw. It's an acronym.

Actually, even the official BBC sources go back and forth between TARDIS and Tardis. A lot of the old Target novelizations wrote it as Tardis.

Plus, over time a lot of common acronyms lose the all caps. For example, hardly anyone ever writes RADAR or SCUBA any more, even though they are both really acronyms. You could assume that time lords see them the same way, common enough to not need all caps.


Yes, but in the domain of Nerdery, you are still more likely to see an adherence to the all-caps acronym style. So, TARDIS continues 50 years on, while Radar and Scuba are more commonplace words.
 
2014-04-03 05:31:13 PM

TNel: Wait this police call box is being installed at the police office?  Can someone decifer this and let me know what I'm missing because this sounds like a waste.

FTA:  "We will endeavour to have a member of staff with the police box as much as is operationally possible during the trading hours in the precinct," he added.
A yellow telephone is attached to the box which members of the public can use to contact Dorset Police when it is not staffed by police and community support officers.


"Precinct" is British for "shopping mall" and has nothing to do with police station.
 
2014-04-03 05:34:04 PM

Darth_Lukecash: Will they serve jelly babies?

What a wonderful Butler. He so violent!


I just picked up that DVD for my collection. Have it on a ancient VHS tape.

/You're a beautiful woman, probably.
 
2014-04-03 05:36:01 PM

TheManWho: Brainsick: TheManWho: Knowing the local population, I'll give it a week before it's either stolen or burnt out.

Here in the states, a box like that in any decent sized population center, especially a retail hub, would become a public restroom within the first week. (Bonus: It doubles as a shelter for any wandering homeless!) Is that a problem in the UK?

There's a reason why the phone boxes here are no longer this style:

[www.dluk.info image 300x400]

(except in the centre of London to keep tourists happy)

and are now this style:

[www.astoncantlow.com image 363x613]

and that's to let the urine drain out through the open bottom.


I saw a bunch of the red ones in Portsmouth last year. And in Cardiff, and in Andover, and in Dover. So they're not just in metro London.
 
2014-04-03 05:44:40 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Mad_Radhu: Englebert Slaptyback: Tardis police call boxes because they actually reduce crime, although they do attract Daleks


COM-MUNI-CATE! COM-MUNI-CATE!


That's TARDIS, btw. It's an acronym.

Actually, even the official BBC sources go back and forth between TARDIS and Tardis. A lot of the old Target novelizations wrote it as Tardis.

Plus, over time a lot of common acronyms lose the all caps. For example, hardly anyone ever writes RADAR or SCUBA any more, even though they are both really acronyms. You could assume that time lords see them the same way, common enough to not need all caps.

Yes, but in the domain of Nerdery, you are still more likely to see an adherence to the all-caps acronym style. So, TARDIS continues 50 years on, while Radar and Scuba are more commonplace words.


Well, to get a wee bit pedantic...

An acronym, in the strictest sense, is an abbreviation which is pronounced as it is written. Nasa, Eta, radar, laser, Tardis.

An abbreviation which is not pronounced as it is written is more strictly called an initialism. FBI, CIA, GCHQ.

How acronyms and initialisms are capitalised is down to the house style guide. US preference seems to be all-caps for all initialisms and acronyms.

BBC style guide has acronyms as sentence case, often with an initial capital letter.

Which is why farkers always gripe when BBC articles mention Nasa.
 
2014-04-03 06:09:24 PM

TheManWho: Brainsick: TheManWho: Knowing the local population, I'll give it a week before it's either stolen or burnt out.

Here in the states, a box like that in any decent sized population center, especially a retail hub, would become a public restroom within the first week. (Bonus: It doubles as a shelter for any wandering homeless!) Is that a problem in the UK?


One would hope that it's locked when unattended. The phone is mounted in a panel in the door, judging by the pics.

There's a reason why the phone boxes here are no longer this style:

[www.dluk.info image 300x400]

(except in the centre of London to keep tourists happy)

and are now this style:

[www.astoncantlow.com image 363x613]

and that's to let the urine drain out through the open bottom.


So, how many phone boxes in the UK are actually still maintained/connected?

I drive for a living. Pass many phone boxes. I've definitely seen an old school red phone box recently that had a notice posted on it saying it wasn't connected, but, hey, they're nice street furniture. There's a house I drive past every now and then with a classic red pillar box in its garden. Classic nostalgic design.

Modern phone boxes, as in your second pic... I used to pass one regularly that still, today, has a picture of Oscar Pistorius to advertise London 2012.

I think I'm going to start checking them out, just for shiats and gigs.
 
2014-04-03 06:25:39 PM

iron de havilland: Well, to get a wee bit pedantic...An acronym, in the strictest sense, is an abbreviation which is pronounced as it is written. Nasa, Eta, radar, laser, Tardis.An abbreviation which is not pronounced as it is written is more strictly called an initialism. FBI, CIA, GCHQ.How acronyms and initialisms are capitalised is down to the house style guide. US preference seems to be all-caps for all initialisms and acronyms.BBC style guide has acronyms as sentence case, often with an initial capital letter.Which is why farkers always gripe when BBC articles mention Nasa.


From my understanding the BBC standards for capitalization of acronyms and initializations (most prominently on their website) essentially developed from a standard used to guide TV newsreaders how to pronounce such organizations when reading the news, so no matter how many different Nigerian rebel armies, or Bangladeshi minor political parties they had to read out the abbreviations for that they had never previously heard of, they would get them right (assuming the people behind the scenes got it correct in the first place, and followed the style guide as well of course).


So TARDIS will tend to be used by the entertainment side of the BBC (www.bbc.co.uk for example), but the news side of things (news.bbc.co.uk) would tend to use Tardis.
 
2014-04-03 06:35:23 PM

xria: iron de havilland: Well, to get a wee bit pedantic...An acronym, in the strictest sense, is an abbreviation which is pronounced as it is written. Nasa, Eta, radar, laser, Tardis.An abbreviation which is not pronounced as it is written is more strictly called an initialism. FBI, CIA, GCHQ.How acronyms and initialisms are capitalised is down to the house style guide. US preference seems to be all-caps for all initialisms and acronyms.BBC style guide has acronyms as sentence case, often with an initial capital letter.Which is why farkers always gripe when BBC articles mention Nasa.

From my understanding the BBC standards for capitalization of acronyms and initializations (most prominently on their website) essentially developed from a standard used to guide TV newsreaders how to pronounce such organizations when reading the news, so no matter how many different Nigerian rebel armies, or Bangladeshi minor political parties they had to read out the abbreviations for that they had never previously heard of, they would get them right (assuming the people behind the scenes got it correct in the first place, and followed the style guide as well of course).


So TARDIS will tend to be used by the entertainment side of the BBC (www.bbc.co.uk for example), but the news side of things (news.bbc.co.uk) would tend to use Tardis.


Either you looked it up to confirm beforehand or you had a really good guess! In either case, your statement seems to hold water.
 
2014-04-03 06:48:56 PM

xria: iron de havilland: Well, to get a wee bit pedantic...An acronym, in the strictest sense, is an abbreviation which is pronounced as it is written. Nasa, Eta, radar, laser, Tardis.An abbreviation which is not pronounced as it is written is more strictly called an initialism. FBI, CIA, GCHQ.How acronyms and initialisms are capitalised is down to the house style guide. US preference seems to be all-caps for all initialisms and acronyms.BBC style guide has acronyms as sentence case, often with an initial capital letter.Which is why farkers always gripe when BBC articles mention Nasa.

From my understanding the BBC standards for capitalization of acronyms and initializations (most prominently on their website) essentially developed from a standard used to guide TV newsreaders how to pronounce such organizations when reading the news, so no matter how many different Nigerian rebel armies, or Bangladeshi minor political parties they had to read out the abbreviations for that they had never previously heard of, they would get them right (assuming the people behind the scenes got it correct in the first place, and followed the style guide as well of course).


So TARDIS will tend to be used by the entertainment side of the BBC (www.bbc.co.uk for example), but the news side of things (news.bbc.co.uk) would tend to use Tardis.


I'd suggest that the news arm simply holds its style guide to a higher priority; if the ents side even has a style guide, ignoring it is not much of an issue.

But it certainly is useful for the news arm, and kind of makes sense generally. If it's pronounced as a word, spell it like a word. I remember a news report on a terrorist attack by the Basque separatists, Eta, back in the GWB era. Cut from reporters going on about Eta doing this, that and t'other, to GWB talking about "the ETA". Being able to infer the pronunciation by the way the term is presented is not a bad thing.
 
2014-04-03 08:13:26 PM
*sigh*

One of the things I'd really like to do is build a nice house somewhere where I can completely camouflage it with trees or something so it'd appear that nothing is there except a blue police call box for the front door...
 
2014-04-03 09:47:32 PM

Iczer: *sigh*

One of the things I'd really like to do is build a nice house somewhere where I can completely camouflage it with trees or something so it'd appear that nothing is there except a blue police call box for the front door...


I want to see the looks on the neighbors' faces on the day you move in and start carrying your furniture through the front door.
 
2014-04-03 11:34:03 PM

Iczer: *sigh*

One of the things I'd really like to do is build a nice house somewhere where I can completely camouflage it with trees or something so it'd appear that nothing is there except a blue police call box for the front door...


CSB: There was a bar in my hometown that had an old Coke machine you opened up and walked through to get to the back room where they kept the pool table. They also had an old ski lift chair mounted on the wall and the remnants of a stage in that part of the building, great place to hang out and ingest things not sold up front, too...good times...good times...
 
2014-04-04 07:00:54 AM
I've suggested bringing back phone booths in nice restaurants so you can deposit a person who doesn't know how to hang up on people in there instead of ruining my meal.
 
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