Tuesday, August 14 2012 10:53 AM EDT2012-08-14 14:53:16 GMT
When life in the Olympic host city gets too busy, many Londoners travel to the English countryside where the pace is slow and the scenery is breathtaking. Cotswolds homes and gardens are often featuredMore >>
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Tuesday, August 14 2012 10:52 AM EDT2012-08-14 14:52:45 GMT
London moves at a hectic pace. The city is busy And congested. But when Brits want to escape, many come to the southwest tip of England to the town of Marazion. "I think it's a real anti to London. ItMore >>
London moves at a hectic pace. The city is busy And congested. But when Brits want to escape, many come to the southwest tip of England to the town of Marazion.More >>
Monday, August 13 2012 1:25 PM EDT2012-08-13 17:25:46 GMT
One of the iconic images of the Olympic host country is slowly disappearing because of technology. Cell phones are forcing the red telephone booths into extinction. But thanks to a tiny English communityMore >>
Cell phones are forcing the red telephone booths into extinction. But thanks to a tiny English community two hours from London, the kiosk is coming back to life with a new purpose.More >>
Friday, August 10 2012 4:05 PM EDT2012-08-10 20:05:52 GMT
As the sun rises in England, Shrewsbury's most prominent citizen is headed to work. His office is town square. He opens his briefcase and grabs a 12.5 lb bell and begins to ring it. "My Lord, ladies andMore >>
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Friday, August 10 2012 3:44 PM EDT2012-08-10 19:44:36 GMT
Americans may need a cup of coffee to make it through the day. But in the Olympic host country Brits are fueled on tea. "We've got a whole culture in this country built around tea," said Helen HerartyMore >>
Americans may need a cup of coffee to make it through the day. But in the Olympic host country Brits are fueled on tea. More >>
Friday, August 10 2012 10:53 AM EDT2012-08-10 14:53:15 GMT
In London you can discover all sorts of things including interesting people, places and history. One Brit discovered his life's passion in London, inside his own cab. "Eight years ago. A guy got in theMore >>
In London you can discover all sorts of things including interesting people, places and history. One Brit discovered his life's passion in London, inside his own cab.More >>
Thursday, August 9 2012 5:41 PM EDT2012-08-09 21:41:52 GMT
The pages of a Sherlock Holmes novel are filled with mystery. A brilliant detective and his trusted friend, solving crimes from one of the most famous addresses in London - a place that fans flock to seeMore >>
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Thursday, August 9 2012 5:34 PM EDT2012-08-09 21:34:02 GMT
The best tea place in England is not found in the Olympic host city. Instead, you must travel 165 miles from London to the English countryside to find it. Welcome to the Rocke Cottage Tea Rooms in Shropshire,More >>
The best tea place in England is not found in the Olympic host city. Instead, you must travel 165 miles from London to the English countryside to find it.More >>
Wednesday, August 8 2012 6:21 PM EDT2012-08-08 22:21:09 GMT
When some people think of a roundabout they remember the scene from the movie "European Vacation" where Clark Griswold is stuck going around a London street saying "Hey look kids, there's Big Ben. Parliament!"More >>
For Brits, roundabouts are as common as a good pub or restaurants that serve fish and chips.More >>
Tuesday, August 7 2012 5:00 PM EDT2012-08-07 21:00:46 GMT
Big Ben, Parliament Square and the Tower Bridge are the world famous and uniquely British images that millions of tourists capture with their cameras. But there is a photographer in London who has a uniqueMore >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 11:03 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:03:19 GMT
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The woman was hit on E. 34th Street, between Gladstone and Colorado, around 9:45 p.m. Friday.More >>
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:59 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:59:56 GMT
The Indiana Pacers are trying to even the Eastern Conference finals in Miami. Indiana has opened up a 12-point lead late in the first quarter. Roy Hibbert leads the Pacers with eight points. LeBron JamesMore >>
The Indiana Pacers are trying to even the Eastern Conference finals in Miami.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:41 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:41:45 GMT
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement. Stephen Stookey, 70, and Marilyn Stookey, 69, were arrested after police raided their homeMore >>
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:04:40 GMT
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon. Police say officers were investigating an incident in the 3200 block of Boulevard Place when a suspect failed toMore >>
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:59:31 GMT
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie is recommending tuition and fee increases of 1.75 percent for Indiana residents in each of the next two years at the school's Bloomington campus. The universityMore >>
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie is recommending tuition and fee increases of 1.75 percent for Indiana residents in each of the next two years at the school's Bloomington campus.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:55:55 GMT
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate. Rodney Vawter has owned the personalized Fraternal Order of Police license plate "0INK" for the past three years. A class actionMore >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:44:52 GMT
Andretti Autosport has five cars in the top nine in Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Any of them could win the race. The team has already won three out of four INDYCAR races this season. One of the AndrettiMore >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:32:12 GMT
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used. Friday's Memorial Day service is one of many events that takes place on MonumentMore >>
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:58:56 GMT
East side residents are questioning the safety of a crosswalk where a pedestrian was killed by an IMPD cruiser Thursday night. Richard Allen Moore died after he was struck by IMPD Ofc. Jason Rauch atMore >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 5:49 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:49:53 GMT
St. Vincent Health's restructuring announcement this week did not come as a surprise. The 22-hospital system currently employs more than 3,000 physicians and 16,000 other employees. St. Vincent CEO VincentMore >>
The St. Vincent announcement is really the latest installment by hospitals trying to deal with the uncertainty to come.More >>
One of the iconic images of the Olympic host country is slowly disappearing because of technology. Cell phones are forcing the red telephone booths into extinction. But thanks to a tiny English community two hours from London, the kiosk is coming back to life with a new purpose.
"This is Westbury-sub-Mendip, which is quite small village. We've got about 350 houses in it," said resident Sue Reece.
In April, 2009, the tiny village found a way to think big.
"BT (British Telecom) decided that they wanted to reduce the number of kiosks. They recognized that the famous red design it was associated with England. It was a design icon. So they made an offer to parish councils, which is sort of the local group representing the interest of the local villages, they made an offer that the parish council could purchase the kiosk for one pound which is about $1.50," said Bob Dolby, who lives right next door to the phone box.
"And, at that time, I was a member of the Westbury-sub-Mendip local parish council, so we paid our pound and we became the proud owners of the kiosk," said Dolby. "BT removed all of the telephone equipment, and we were left with literally an empty box. We had no idea what to do with the kiosk," said Dolby.
"In August of (2009), we received information from BT that they were organizing a national competition, that had some success in persuading councils to purchase the kiosks, but obviously, not as much as they were anticipating. So, they organized a competition with national and regional prizes for the most innovative conversion of the kiosk. We still have no idea what to do," said Dolby.
"At the end of August in that year, we decided to have a tea party on the square. So, that was an opportunity for me to say to about 30 people drinking tea and the occasional glass of wine, an opportunity to say if anyone's got an idea, we could enter the competition and we could win some money for the village. So, there were lots of suggestions. One was to convert it into a shower. But people thought it was too public. We could have had an information unit with maps. But then, a neighbor, Jan Fisher, had the brilliant idea to convert it into a book exchange," recalls Dolby.
"People just come and bring their books or DVD's, CD's, and swap them over," said Reece. "People tend to put books in there that are worth reading rather than rubbishy things," laughs Reece.
"The idea is very simple, if you have some books that you no longer require, come and leave them in the kiosk. If you see anything there that appeals, please take it," said Dolby.
"It really does work. Bring a book, take a book. Fantastic!" said Fisher.
"It is open literally 24-7. There are no locks. There's a little light in the roof, so if you are an insomniac," said Dolby.
"You could come at 3 o'clock in the morning and choose a book," said Reece.
The transformation of the phone kiosk caught the attention of a newspaper reporter in nearby Wells.
"She wrote an article, which appeared in the local paper. I thought that's great, that's the end of the story, we had our 15 minutes of fame. The following morning, at about 8 o'clock, the telephone rang and it was the BBC radio station from Essex which is about 200 miles from here asking for information about the book exchange," recalls Dolby.
"Obviously, in the world of media, information is spread very rapidly. So, that was the first interview. That afternoon, film crews from the BBC television and ITV, the commercial channel, arrived here and filmed it. And the thing took off," said Dolby.
"Most of the UK papers at some stage have done articles. We've had film crews from the Middle East, one of the most exciting was a film crew from Moscow, a Russian gentleman and a lady assistant who took over the square for the best part of the day filming everything that moved, interviews with radio stations in Adelaide, Australia, most recently an article in the Lithuanian press," said Dolby.
"There are university students writing about it in their thesis. It's just escalated and escalated and going all the way back when the local journalist first wrote about the story, she took it to her editor and said 'I'm not too sure about this.' But he said, 'this story has legs.' And, here you are today. (WTHR) is the first American TV station to cover this story," said Dolby.
Now, book exchanges are popping up across England including the village of Shipham.
"We've used it as a library because as a village, we didn't want to lose it because they are our icons, I think for our country. We certainly didn't want to lose it. For a whole pound, as a parish council, we decided to buy it from BT and then we asked the village through the newsletter, could they come up with some ideas as to what we could do with it, rather than lose it," said resident Tina Dodd.
"So, we did have various ideas, and the one we thought was the best one was the same as Westbury-sub-Mendip had done, was to convert their phone box into a library. So, it doesn't cost anything. You just come along and you put one book in and take one book out. So, it goes on," said Dodd.
"It's handy. There's lots of books in there. Lots of different types of books that perhaps you wouldn't normally read," said Shipham resident Sue Clifton.
The book exchange inspired Jan Fisher to write a children's book which she read to us while sitting on a bench not far from the book exchange in Westbury-sub-Mendip.
"Once up on a time in an old village square in Somerset, there lived a red telephone box called Beatie. She was a happy little box and never lonely because she had lots of visitors who made telephone calls to their family and friends. She loved to hear the coins clunk into the box and listen to their conversations," read Fisher.
"Over the years, people gradually stopped using the box, and instead ignored her completely. And used their mobile phones. This made Beatie a sad and very lonely little girl. One hot summer afternoon, the people who lived in the square set out their picnic tables and sunshades close to Beatie for a street party," read Fisher.
"There were colorful starch linen clothes, the very best china, and plates piled high with the tastiest of savories and cakes. People were eating and drinking and talking quite a while when suddenly it went very quiet. And everyone gathered around Beatie, they all seemed very excited. They were talking of another use for her which was quite unsettling. Lots of ideas were put forward. And one lady called Jan suggested using her for a book exchange," said Fisher.
"The local dignitaries liked the idea and soon a man called Mr. Bob was put in charge. He rearranged the inside of the box to accommodate a host of wonderful books with a basket on the floor for the children. Mr. Bob gave Beatie a nice new red overcoat of the brightest red you ever saw. The inside was cleaned and windows were polished to a shine by Mrs. Bob," read Fisher.
"As the grand opening day approached, Beatie felt so proud to be useful again. Mr. Bob took a photograph of the event with a cue of village people waiting to go in and swap their books. This picture was placed in newspapers everywhere. Television and newspaper reporters came from all over the world to visit Beatie to take pictures and talk to Jan and Mr. Bob," read Fisher.
"Now, there are a lot of book exchanges in telephone boxes all down the country following this idea in Westbury-sub-Mendip, upon that hot summer's afternoon. Just think, it started with a tea party here in the square. Now, Beatie is a very happy little girl. She has lots of visitors and with Mr. and Mrs. Bob right next door to keep an eye on things, she's lonely no more," finished Fisher.
The book exchange has become an unlikely tourist destination.
"It's put us on the map. We are in a tourist area. There are no hotels in the village itself. Most of the bread and breakfast places have information and their visitors will always come and have a look at this," said Dolby.
So now the red telephone booth isn't just a photo op. It is no longer irrelevant because of modern technology. In many places across England the famous red telephone booth has a new use thanks in part to a tiny village that answered the call.
Friday, May 24 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:46:25 GMT
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star. The shooting happened last July at Ben Davis Park on the city's west side. Witnesses say Vincennes UniversityMore >>
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:02 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:02:40 GMT
A pedestrian was seriously hurt after being struck by a police officer on the east side of Indianapolis. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 42nd Street and EmersonMore >>
The family of Richard Allen Moore told Eyewitness News that he was killed in the accident.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:29:00 GMT
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp. The fire happened Thursday in the town of Chesterfield just east of Anderson. Chesterfield deputy fire chiefMore >>
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:22 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:22:46 GMT
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride. A Morgan CountyMore >>
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:20:10 GMT
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry. Indianapolis-basedMore >>
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 3:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 19:37:35 GMT
An act of credit card fraud has been traced back to a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. Some workers upstairs love walking downstairs for a bite at Ike and Jonesy's downtown. But they say the bite isMore >>
The owner of Ike & Jonesy's downtown says he is working to find out how the credit and debit cards of several customers and employees could have been compromised.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:26 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:26:01 GMT
Officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tell Eyewitness News that 35 runners from the Midwest who did not complete the Boston Marathon because of the tragedy there will be finishing that race atMore >>
The Speedway invited runners to cross the finish line on race day morning before the start of the race. They will be running from Turn Four across the historic Yard of Bricks.More >>