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People always think that when you sleep together, there’s always something that is happening in between the sheets and the bed. But let me tell you, It’s not always like that. The feeling of actually hugging each other until you fall asleep, the warmth of each other’s breath, and the total happiness in the morning when you wake up right beside him. Everything may sound too good to be true, but sometimes it takes a lot of responsibility and love to be able to be as wholesome as possible. Sleeping with your special someone is one of the most heartwarming experiences you’ll ever have. No nothing, simply hugging and smiling yourself to sleep.
I’m a terrible populist and because Tumblr is 90% fandom and 10% filth, I thought I’d take a look at one of Glasgow’s quirkier landmarks, its Tardises. To begin with there were more than 50 dotted around the city but in 1994, Strathclyde Police decided to get rid of them. Some were saved and retained as part of the city’s architectural legacy and you can still visit them today.
I have no doubt that you’re aware of the fictional function of the Police Public Call Box but its real world function was no less impressive in the days before two-way radios.
The first Police Public Call Box in Britain was erected in Glasgow in 1891 and you can see it in the first picture. It was a large hexagonal affair with a large gas lamp on top. It utilised new telephone technology and allowed the officers to keep in touch with the Central Police Station. The gas lamp could be remotely activated from the Station to attract the attention of officers on the beat in the area to instruct them to check in.
Subsequent boxes worked by the same principle but used electric light and were expanded to allow a small “police station” to be placed inside. This is the reason that the telephone- quite unlike any other call box- was placed on the outside. This ‘mini station’ usually contained incident books and first aid kits as well as wet weather gear for officers on patrol.
Until the 1960s, Glasgow’s Police Public Call Boxes were actually painted red and you can see that reflected in the ones which were in the Transport Museum and Wilson Street. Unfortunately the one in the Transport Museum was not moved to the Riverside and was taken back by the Civil Defence Trust.
The one on Wilson Street in the Merchant City was restored and painted blue when the street surface was relaid but you can see it before and after in the photos.
The Civil Defence Trust have taken steps to ensure that the ‘Glasgow Tardises’ are not modified beyond their trademarked design which will hopefully protect them from being turned into anything more than coffee kiosks and ice cream parlours (seriously).
Since 2005 Glasgow has had an entirely new design of Police call box. The 10ft chrome monoliths which stand in the city centre are a Police Public Call Box for a new generation but I wouldn’t expect them to travel in time and space.