Whatever next?

N ever, not ever, would I have expected a telegraph pole to make the front page of any newspaper.

I’d just popped into the garage at Four Crosses to stock up on Wham Bars, Maltesers and pink pop, when this headline shouted out at me from the cash desk.

The exploding telegraph pole of Telford, as reported in the Shropshire Star

On an otherwise quiet news day in Shropshire Star land, this at least justifes my disclaimer (top left) This story relates to an 11KV electricity distribution pole, but it’s a tall wooden thing, with wires coming out of it, so it must be a telegraph pole, right?

By bizarre coincidence

T ypical!  No photos of telegraph poles growing through roofs of houses for months, then all of a sudden two come along in quick succession.  Ian Jolly very kindly sent us the photo for November’s pole of the Month.  Then, this week, Peter Freeman sent us another photo of the same pole, only from a different angle.  Don’t bother visitng Combe Martin to gaze in awe at this wondrous pole, because apparently it’s not there anymore.  The pole that is, not Combe Martin. Which, I believe, does still exist – hanging, as it does, off the A399 in Devon.

Bizarre telegraph pole through house roof in Combe Martin, DevonNovember 2011 Telegraph Pole of the Month

All submissions of telegraph poles gratefully received. Please send them to martin@telegraphpoleappreciationsociety.org


Rare blue sky spotted in north walesEXCLUSIVE

As has so often happened in the past, a rare event or ghostly apparition has been captured on film whilst the photographer’s attention was on the intended subject.

In this case, I was taking pictures of ye olde telegraphe poles along the B5105.  It was only much later when processing it for inclusion on this very website that I noticed the bizarre patch of blue lower right. 

I felt sure my photograph had inadvertently captured a small piece of blue sky – that fabled phenomena which occurs when the rain stops and the clouds part or thin sufficiently such that an observer may see the sky behind.

My wife wasn’t convinced. And I needed to know so contacted Simon Keeling at Weatherweb.net.  He examined my image in the minutest detail and with some of the most cutting-edge forensic photographic equipment.  He also re-examined the weathercasts for the day in question and re-ran the meteorological models using all the sophisticated computing power at his disposal.

His answer was clear and unambiguous.  “The photograph was taken in August.  In Wales.” he said. “Your camera’s knackered!”.

I have now bought myself a Samsung ES71.


An olde worlde telegraph pole plaque An olde worlde telegraph pole plaque

T hese pictures were meant to go on the site 2 years ago (almost to the day).  Then we had that problem with the back-boiler.  And the car failed the MOT, and then the cat needed worming, and they just sort of slipped down the back of the sofa – until today that is, when I retrieved them, all covered in cat hairs and with a half-chewed fruit gum stuck to the back.

These antiquities are from the collection of John Penny – member #0307 – yes; that John Penny.  The author of a four-book trilogy comprising the two books: “Telegraph Poles I have known and loved” and “Great Poles I have climbed”. The latter, featuring the tale of the infamous DP3 in Wine Street, Yeovil.  Now sadly a shadow of its former self having had a goodly portion lopped off the top.

John has spent an entire working life swinging around the tops of DPs in his native Dorset. And now spends his days gazing out at the Peugeot estate car on his drive.

A facsimile of the one on the right now adorns our letter box.  

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