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Nightowl1701 August 13 2013 11:38 PM

A surprise in Google Maps...
 
You'll know what to click when you see it.

Read the reviews, they're a hoot. :guffaw: Well played Google Maps, and extremely cool. :cool:

T J August 13 2013 11:49 PM

Re: A surprise in Google Maps...
 
He's keeping busy! :lol:

chelly August 13 2013 11:59 PM

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I wish trebbs had a like button. :) Way cool

Christopher August 14 2013 12:03 AM

Re: A surprise in Google Maps...
 
In a search for further Easter-eggery, I did a location search from "Police Telephone Box" to "Gallifrey," and I got driving directions to a place called The Who Shop, apparently a Doctor Who memorabilia/merchandise store on Barking Road, London. I tried "Metebelis III," but Google Maps didn't recognize it. (Granted, the Doctor had trouble getting there himself...) I guess there's a limit to how elaborate the Easter egg is -- so far.

Timofnine August 14 2013 12:15 AM

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They have one in the centre of Glasgow too, had my picture taken with it being the geek that I am :p

diankra August 14 2013 01:28 AM

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Timofnine wrote: (Post 8504980)
They have one in the centre of Glasgow too, had my picture taken with it being the geek that I am :p

That's a proper vintage one (I think), while the Earls Court one is new, about ten years old.

Christopher August 14 2013 01:48 AM

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diankra wrote: (Post 8505232)
...the Earls Court one is new, about ten years old.

Really? Is it a working police telephone of some sort, or just a tourist attraction?

Geoff Peterson August 14 2013 01:54 AM

Re: A surprise in Google Maps...
 
More importantly, is it bigger on the inside?

Samurai8472 August 14 2013 02:26 AM

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Lots of reviews. Did anyone say that their baby was conceived at the hotel?

diankra August 14 2013 02:31 AM

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Christopher wrote: (Post 8505307)
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diankra wrote: (Post 8505232)
...the Earls Court one is new, about ten years old.

Really? Is it a working police telephone of some sort, or just a tourist attraction?

It is a genuine, used by the police, police box (though the design is a bit of an indulgence. And possibly an attempt by the police to re-establish their claim on the design after the earlier copyright dispute with the BBC... though that's mainly my speculation).
Its main purpose is as a backup access point for the emergency control room systems in the tube station itself, ISTR.

Classic Fan August 14 2013 10:23 AM

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diankra wrote: (Post 8505232)
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Timofnine wrote: (Post 8504980)
They have one in the centre of Glasgow too, had my picture taken with it being the geek that I am :p

That's a proper vintage one (I think), while the Earls Court one is new, about ten years old.

I have walked past that police box many times outside earls court, and every time i do i grin. Great to see it make an appearence here again. Just googled it, it was built in 1997. :)

I still love the earls court police box gag in the series 7.2 opener 'Bells of St. John.'


Mahler: ""What's happening?"
Alexi: "Blue box, South bank. Definitely wasn't there five minutes ago."
Mahler: "Are we sure this time? Earl's Court was an embarrassment."

diankra August 14 2013 04:27 PM

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The down side to the Earl's Court box arriving is that the mini-boxes (a sort of stripped-down police box, just the phone on a plinth, but with the same style - the Stan Laurel to the TARDIS's Oliver Hardy, as it were) that were all over the City of London through till the 1990s seem to have been stripped out over the 10 years or so.

hammerhead August 15 2013 01:44 AM

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Funny I used to live in Earls Court and never noticed that police box until about a year after I moved in! I do marvel at it. For the smaller versions mentioned above now that I think about it there is a mini one at the entrance to Houndsditch at the entrance to the City of London by the police check point (never really manned). Never thought about that one til you mentioned it!


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