These much ignored pieces of rural and urban furniture finally have a website of their own.
This is not the site to visit for technical information pertaining to telegraph poles. You'll find nothing about 10KVa transformers, digital telephone networking or even so much as a single volt.
This is a website celebrating the glorious everyday mundanitude of these simple silent sentinels the world over.
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We don't care what the wires contain either. They all carry electricity in some way be it the sparky stuff which boils your kettle, or the thinner stuff with your voice in it when you're on the phone.
Regular and favoured correspondent, John Penny (member #0307) from Sherborne in Dorset sent us this picture of the DP outside his house being attacked by woodpeckers.
Some facts about John Penny :
As of 25th August 2009, he has spent 40 years climbing telegraph poles.
He is writing the third in a trilogy of four books. This one entitled "Telegraph Poles I have known and loved". In his own words...
"The first book being 'Great Poles I Have Climbed' featuring the infamous 'DP3' in Wine Street Yeovil, sadly only a shadow of its former self since having a goodly portion lopped off - this was a three-part spliced pole of some 85 feet, and an 'extra stout'! I also lament the passing of the DP behind Yeovil Hospital, which was a 65 foot stout. R.I.P."
John's first attempt to email us this photo resulted in his disk drive slot being gummed up with photo paper.
He has since submitted further telegraph pole related pictures (coming soon).
Finally, on Google earth, you can see his red Peugeot Estate on his drive - I know, I've looked.
More to come from John.
Click the photo to enlarge.
In an award ceremony which took place during London's morning rush-hour one day last July - a foreign student handed out a free copy of Shortlist Magazine to a colleague of mine.
And so it came to pass that The Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society was listed 3rd in said magazine's Top 10 list of things that have an appreciation society.
That's it. Job almost done. The painters have taken all their empty tins away and removed the dust-sheets and so here we are at the all-new joomla powered Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society website.
This format allows for much easier updating. Apologies to all my correspondents over the last couple of years, but now I can., much later than promised) get around to posting all your stuff up online (soon).
Meanwhile, my paid work front has largely followed the contours of the recession - ergo I will have more time to devote to my whimsy. Please look forward to some sister websites getting an overhaul soon too.
Meanwhile, keep spotting in telepole land.