Containers

A shipping container has appeared in the local park:

Container

These containers have become multip-purpose. The first non-shipping use I came across was their conversion into phone boxes in Africa, equipped by entrepreneurs with several mobile phones:

Phone shop in South Africa

The history of the shipping container is strangely fascinating – Marc Levinson’s book The Box is a terrific account of how it came to be standardised and what the consequences were for world trade.

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger (New in Paper)

After its publication, the BBC tracked a container for a year, the reports getting under the abstraction of ‘globalisation’.

I think out local box is storing tools but who knows?

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