Ring Leader


I remember these phones. They now seem ancient but were once indispensable. Every weekend was phone time and I had to even queue up at one of these vintage machines to make that all-important call home.

There were calling cards in many denominations, all with pictures of Bahrain’s landmarks and there were coins – which I diligently collected over the week only to use on the Friday. DSC_4041There were almost no mobiles and calling from the land phone at home was very expensive. Not that calling from a roadside contraption was any cheaper but there was greater control on what I spent. I had to call between certain times, to catch the ‘cheap’ rates and I had to not call during afternoon prayers. And the call was seldom more than a few minutes.

Several years later, there are few land phones and Internet calls rule the airwaves – Skype, Viber…

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