cpaul on 14 Nov 2000 03:34:29 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Cellphones and the Cancer of Cellspace

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth has banned royal servants from
carrying mobile phones because their constant ringing drives her mad, the
top-selling Sun tabloid reported on Monday.
The queen issued the command after a series of family meals and formal
dinners were interrupted by the ringing of mobile phones, some programmed
with tunes from popular television programs, the paper said.

"It is fair to say the queen was not amused when the phones started ringing
incessantly," an unnamed Buckingham Palace source was quoted as saying.

The ban applies to all staff at the royal residences of Buckingham Palace in
London, Sandringham in eastern England and Balmoral in Scotland. The Sun
quoted Buckingham Palace officials as saying that written guidelines, based
on common sense and good manners, had been given to staff. Pay phones are
available at the palaces for staff who need to make personal phone calls,
the officials said.

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