Is this the end of cream coloured phone boxes?
And will they move their company headquarters elsewhere?
Private equity investor Macquarie's £627m takeover of Hull-based broadband monopoly KCOM has been approved by the UK High Court. Shareholders voted in support of the acquisition, at 120.3p per KCOM share, with the court giving the thumbs-up on Tuesday. In a market update today, KCOM said its shares have now been suspended. …
Why would you want to move your HQ away from the town of one of England's Great Universities?
Captain Blackadder: And then the final irrefutable proof. Remember you mentioned a clever boyfriend?
Nurse Mary: Yes?
Blackadder: Well, I leapt on the opportunity to test you. I asked you whether he had been to one of the great universities, Oxford, Cambridge, Hull.
Blackadder: What you didn't spot is that only two of those are great universities.
Mary: You swine!
General Melchett: That's right. Oxford's a complete dump!
Phones boxes are in some places proliferating rapidly. The reason being that as they are still seen as "for public benefit" and party of the communications infrastructure then they are remarkably free from planning restrictions .... and once you've installed your phone box then you've got several large panels you can sell advertising space on .... the issue of whether anyone actually uses the phone is really not relevant to the business plan.
...once you've installed your phone box then you've got several large panels you can sell advertising space on .... the issue of whether anyone actually uses the phone is really not relevant to the business plan.
Well perhaps. Prior to BT taking it away because the legitimate takings were minimal the phone box by our local shops was plastered with advertisements, so I'm not sure that BT was making any money from them either.
Although I never had the occasion to use it I would have been very reluctant to do so for the simple reason that once in there it would have been impossible to see out meaning that it was not beyond the bounds of possibility that one might emerge to an unseen welcoming party.
Unlikely perhaps, but not impossible, and being of a suspicious mind it always struck me as being an unacceptable risk to personal well - being.
No see out? No go in...
A phone box/urinal local to me provided an endless supply of mirth, as it advertised a local KFC with a big arrow and 150m on it. However, the arrow was only correct when the door was open, otherwise it was directing an endless stream of hapless souls hungering for the Colonels secret recipe onto a bus lane and towards a nice fine.
Stayed that way for years too, until the entire shooting (up) gallery was removed.
In a side note, I visited a chum down in Somerset a few moons back, and he was an avid geocacher. The sight of him on his hands and knees feeling around all the nooks and crannies of an old fashioned red phone box was enough to put me off my lunch. I hope he washes his hands afterwards.
Most likely short lived as you can't really improve a turd but I for one, who first encountered this lot in the late 80's...good riddance.
I have often said to those moaning about Microsoft that they are lucky the did not have to deal with KCOM and I am not a huge MS fan by any stretch.
Beer coz I do feel for the worker drones under the thumb of horrible management.
If the management is bad now, you can count on Macquarie to promote the worst elements and accelerate the process of decline. Take it from someone who witnessed those bastards rape and destroy a company first hand. They typically load it up with debt, extract as much cash as possible through financial engineering, then dump the husk onto some gullible (or perhaps complicit) pension funds before everything goes south.
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