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What with the SiteFinder database still not getting updated, it's time to see if you notice now when the lamp post next to you is suspiciously pregnant, or if cellular base stations have become so much a part of our landscape that they no longer merit our attention. Some of the following photographs are transmitter towers used …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Photo Collections

    I've just forwarded this comp to the guy who designs hidden masts for one of the UK's mobile telcos - his photo collection of this sort of thing is even worse than el Reg's. Now I just need to get a better score than him.....

  2. Anonymous Coward

    Right Enuf...

    ...At least two of those photos are from the capital of the Highlands - and were taken not more than 500 yards from each other! Never thought I'd see my wee home town on El-Reg...

  3. breakfast Silver badge

    Those weird twisted-tree masts

    I hate those masts that are trying to look like trees but because they are clearly artificial look like strange and alien corruptions of nature. Perhaps like a tree created by someone who has never seen a real tree in their lives, something from a nightmare or the weird Men In Black corner of surreal phenomenae.

    I would much prefer that they looked like something properly different but interesting- perhaps given more of a 1950s retro-future look or generally sculped into some intriguing form that adds interest to the landscape and would perhaps confuse future archaeologists rather than being made into these vile essence-of-wrongness carbuncles.

  4. Vincent Ballard

    Some of those are hard

    I think I've got at least 60% correct, but some were genuine "Not sure"s - the photo wasn't good enough for me to tell whether I was looking at a solid object or a piece of sky.

  5. Andus McCoatover

    WW1, anyone?

    Old idea.

    I read an article recently in - I think, the Bellylarf - about an artist who drew a tree inside German enemy lines so well, that, one night, the British removed the real one and substituted a fake, made of steel with a squaddie inside, to report back on enemy movements. (Maybe by shaking the leaves to Morse Code??). Enemy didn't notice.

    Anyone confirm? Can't find the link anywhere.

    Oh, yeah, and I worked on the team at Nokia Siemens Networks that designed a mini wall-mounted basestation, where the cover could be easily swapped for the environment. I heard of local artists painting bricks/pebbledash/stone etc. on the cover, to look like the wall it was mounted on. You _really_ wouldn't see it, unless you knew where to look. (Bit like that daft space bint's sodding handbag floating about somewhere)

    And, please, the Mast Debate joke's been done already. No more, Pleeeth!

  6. Anonymous Coward

    "Dead spot"

    Shouldn't that be for Dixons?

  7. Andus McCoatover
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    10 points!!! Almost (literally) pissed myself. Had to run to the pub's bog. Sharpish.


  8. Gordon Grant


    Yes very good el reg, not bad, but some of those could be better :P

  9. Anonymous Coward

    No. 1...

    The Larch!

  10. Anonymous Coward

    @Andus - WW1

  11. Anonymous Coward
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    @Anonymous Coward

    Heh was just given the heads up about Inverness appearing in this by a friend. I can see there's one taken in Falcon Square, in Inverness station and what appears to be a pretty obvious fixture on the side of the Eastgate Centre. I've never come across Inverness in El Reg before... has to be a first for everything I suppose!

  12. Anonymous Coward
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    bit ambiguous

    Number's 3 and 4. Will have to wait and see if I got those ones. . .

  13. mittfh


    I think I got most of the trees - you can either see something suspiciously pole-like poking above the main trunk, or the dead giveaway - surrounded by fencing with a metal box nearby. The buildings were harder to guess - although those drainpipes to nowhere looked suspicious...

  14. alan

    re: steel tree

    a bloody steel tree!? i wonder if it still exists in a museum or something.......

    how the hell did they not notice though? wouldnt it be obvious when it inevitably gets hit by something and goes "DINK" as it bounces off rather than exploding into splinters? and infact wouldnt it just be damn obvious anyways???

    Hans: "Hey Sarge, ze tree is looking shiny today."

    Sarge: "Random."

    Hans: "Should ve shoot it?"

    Sarge: "No, better not. A tree as shiny as zat must have been expensive......"

    going to go watch armstrong and miller now..... standard :)

    p.s kudos on the st andrews day getup reg :)

  15. Neoc

    Nnnggnn.... can't resist....

    All you base station are belong to us!

    <ah> feel better now.

  16. Anonymous Coward

    steel tree

    Was at the IWM Camouflage Exhibition, now,sadly,over!

  17. Anonymous Coward

    Suspicious black thing

    or Eye of Sauron..

  18. Ogdru

    Someone had to say it...

    That's no moon, It's a base station.

  19. Wyrmhole


    That's not a mast, IT'S A UFO!! in pic #19.

  20. Fred

    omg lol

    Number 7 is Ardgay telephone exchange in the highlands.. wow cool. i used to work in there, many a bad memories of a veryvery badly planne MDF and those bloody jumpers grr lol.

  21. Anonymous Coward
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    RE: omg lol

    You worked for the GPO maintaining Strowger and use omg lol - omg lol indeed!

  22. Anonymous Coward
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    That would have been funnier if the quote had been correct:

    "That's no small moon...."

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