These much ignored pieces of rural and urban furniture finally have a website of their own.

telegraph pole appreciation society logoThis 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. 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.


D.P. Assailants

Telegraph pole being attacked by green woodpeckers

 

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.

Shortlist Magazine’s Top 10

Glitzy Heights Indeed!Number 3 in shortlist magazine's top 10

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.

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Facelift – Mission accomplished

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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.

Martin (member#0001)

Telegraph Pole of the Month – Jan 2011

A busy telegraph pole somewhere in Tokyo.

Our Japan correspondent (Hâf) immediately spotted the aesthetics in this tangled urban skyscape and snapped January’s pole of the month somewhere in a downtown Tokyo.  It’s also particularly pleasing owing to the blue sky.  I’ve heard of blue skies, but coming from Wales, don’t remember ever having seen one.

 

There’s everything going on up on that pole.

Join the Society

Tell the world you appreciate telegraph poles and all the things that hang from them, stand on them, nest in them, gaze up at them, by becoming a member of The Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society. And what’s more, there is a badge, certificate and even a pencil that in certain light could look like a telegraph pole, all available to say that you’re a member.  For life, too.

Telegraph Pole   Appreciation Society Certificate Telegraph Pole Pencil TPAS pin badge

There is a one-off cost of just £3.00 to join the Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society. This fee covers the cost of the badges, pencils, printing and postage. We don’t give your details to anyone else, and we probably won’t be stuffing your email inbox with endless newsletters either.

MEMBERSHIP OUTSIDE THE UK.  Alas our membership packs replete with certificate, pencil & badge are classed as a parcel by the post office and so cost us a bomb when posting outside the UK.  Therefore we can no longer include anything sticky-outy in packs sent to addresses outside the UK (or Basingstoke).  If you are abroad and want the pencil and badge too, then please contact us first.

 

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