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is that a chameleon in your box Doctor Who? Or are you just pleased to see me?


Did you ever wonder why Doctor Who‘s TARDIS was externally a UK Police Box? well wonder no more; apparently the TARDIS (which stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space) was built with a ‘chameleon circuit‘ which enabled it to blend in with its surroundings. However that circuit broke in the 1960s in Shoreditch, London. So now it will always be stuck as a Police Box.


The first Police box was installed in 1877 just a year after the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell. Until the 1960s most of them were coloured red. Blue was introduced in the early 1960s. They were phased out around 1970. Although some UK cities have experimented with bringing them back in some form during recent years.



About justwilliam1959

I've been on the planet for a more than half a century and I've lost all my hair but not my enthusiasm for life, my wife, reading and music! I started my first blog; With Just A Hint Of Mayhem in February 2009. In May 2011 I began two sister blogs to that first one; With Just A Hint Of Amelia and With Just A Hint Of Learning. A while later I also added the more random Stars In My Glasses to the family :-) Feel free to check them all out and let me know what you think!

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