So what are the thoughts that I can put into writing about waiting around for 30 minutes in the new Continente in Portimão.
The lack of clocks in the store is easily resolved by having one's mobile phone with you at all times. assuming that the mobile phone is not left at home and is turned on and has been charged in the past 3 or 5 days !!
The lack of a public phone in the store is also solved by also having one's mobile phone with you at all times.
But having said the above what can be drawn from this local situation is to consider - in a very general manner - the overall situation re public clocks and public phones in the UK.
Just in the same way that I can now primarily talk about Portugal in the context of where I go and visit, I can also do the same for the UK except that I may have a few bits of anecdotal information. This being that I have been out of the country for several years.
One inference that I would make regarding Portugal is that there is no requirement for PT to install and maintain public telephones. Whereas in the UK there is (or at least there was) a statutory requirement for public telephone boxes to be available and also maintained. This could be seen bu positioning two or more boxes together so if one was now working then there would at least 50% would be working or two out of three would be working.
Another interesting situation in the UK is, or again was, the positioning of a telephone box in the middle of some vast moorland or at a crossroads deep in a wooded area or forest.
The nearest the Portuguese come to a public telephone box is the one that I know of in Caldas de Monchique, about 20 kilometers north of Portimão. As I understand the reason for a telephone box being there at all is because, when Queen Victoria visited Portugal, the Portuguese authorities thought that it would be 'nice' to install some 'London style' telephone boxes in her honour.
Further to this point is that any 'London style' telephone boxes in Lisboa, are there for the same reason.
What is great is that they are still in place and I presume still functioning as intended ?