Sunday, June 06, 2010

Whose box is this outside my house?

I think this is what they call "street furniture". This has been directly outside my house for the last twenty-two years. At first it seemed something to do with BT. Now it appears to be something to do with cable TV. Apart from the fact that it's pig-ugly and I keep bashing the car door against it what really annoys me is that the front is often left hanging open (as pictured) exposing the wires inside. If I had a vandal's nature I could reach inside, grab a fistful and plunge a load of local TVs in to darkness during "Britain's Got Talent". Years ago I asked the local council if they could do something about it and they said they couldn't, because it was all to do with some Act Of Parliament guaranteeing that you could find one of these abominations at regular intervals down every cabled road in the kingdom. Anybody know if this is true or who I could complain to? And who, apart from the viewers, would I be annoying if I decided to take direct action?


  1. The BT boxes are the last bastions of British nerdery - a seemingly hyper complex collections of random connections made by brightly coloured wires. Only the brave BT engineers dare fix such concoctions and it's probably 10 years of training and 5 years learning the ropes from a wise master before one can tinker...

  2. Some months ago here at 86 my virgin cable, landline and internet packed up. The engineer came with a test box and after ten minutes drifted in your direction. He stopped at your house, opened up the box in question and fiddled a bit thereby restoring all systems. Would appreciate if you could keep an eye on the box and let me know if anyone fiddles with it.

  3. Here's what you want:

    Tremendous outbreak of cheerfulness at traffic intersections all over Brisbane, paid for by the city council, though the fact that anyone can do it means there's a fine line between art and graffiti sometimes...