People still ask me why I went to Canada. There were many reasons, some good, some bad, some now forgotten. One of the reasons was Canadian newspaper boxes. In Canada people can walk up to a steel box on the street, shove in some change, open a door in the front, take out a newspaper and then close the door again. What a wondrous country. Can you imagine how long something like a newspaper box would last in Scotland? How long it would be before every newspaper in the box was strewn all over the street? Newspaper boxes have now started to disappear in Canada. But it's not because Canadians started throwing the contents all over the neighbourhood. It's because the internet means fewer newspapers are being printed and casual sales are no longer reckoned worth the trouble. Most newspapers don't print many more copies than names on the list of people who still get their paper home-delivered. In way that's a shame because the newspaper box said a lot about what it means to be Canadian.