During the summer months I picked up two South African guys from a local hotel. On the way to their destination one of them asked to be shown the famous talking benches of Barrow. He had read about them in some obscure magazine in Malaysia. One is pictured above their are about ten or twelve scattered about the town centre, they are solar powered and the idea is that you plug your walkman headphones in and it tells you a story or reads you a poem. I have never had a listen myself but people who have tell me they are ok but the stories and poems they tell are not locally based, which would have been a far better idea.