(From Guardian Unlimited)
It seems an age since the red 'phone kiosk was a lifeline in emergencies, although the feverishly innovating world needs to remember that there are still some people without home lines , let alone mobiles.
Their ranks are thinning , however, and more and more cases are emerging of the famous little structures finding alternative uses , while remaining as features of the UK landscape, like church spires and lych gates.
Here's an example which nicely honours that lifeline tradition. The village of Ovington in Northumberland is using its kiosk, decommissioned by British Telecom in the spring of this year, to house a defibrillator for …