How come there were never big queues at phone boxes?

A contestant on Take Me Out with host Paddy McGuinness

VERITY LUSH: I can’t get my head around the general fakeness today

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As someone who has never ‘tweeted’ in his life (and never intends to become embroiled in such nonsense), I raise a hearty glass to Ms Joanna Lumley.

She recently lambasted those who squander their lives on social networking sites in the deluded belief they have made hundreds of new ‘friends.’

My only concession to new technology is a computer I need for work and an ancient mobile phone which I have for emergencies.

A £20 top-up lasts me all year, because I never switch the phone on. It is there for my convenience and nobody else’s.

And if these contraptions really are so essential to everyday life, how come you never saw long queues outside public phone boxes 30 years ago?

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