Pressing the right buttons for bliss | Brief letters

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Red phone boxes (The long read, 28 April) would return your money if the call didn’t get through – but only if you remembered to press button B. One of the delights of childhood was going into a phone box, checking if button B had been pressed after a failed call and collecting the fourpence. Rarely successful, but when it was…
Jan Clark
Everdon, Northamptonshire

• I have a deep affection for the red phone box. This is not because it is iconic or that I was a great user, but because my mother used it to help me cope with the devastation of a failed adolescent infatuation. I had, she advised, pressed button B and got my shaken emotions back, but one day I would press button A and my desires and emotions would be rewarded. They were.
Michael Scarborough
Riddlesden, West Yorkshire

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