It never ceases to amaze me how fast the world moves. How much
smaller it is getting, yet how distant we all are in the wired world
that is piece by piece replacing the real one.
In most cases of course this can be considered for the better – our
access to information and news is immediate and expanded. We can see
where people are and what they say they are thinking; there is no longer
a need to use precious space in our cases for holiday reading or book
cases for storage. No more flicking through the directories to ring at
least three insurance companies when it’s due for renewal to get the
best deal. Sharing pictures and videos with everyone as quickly as they
Do you remember those special feelings though? Those that are now mostly just memories:
The clatter of the letter box early in the morning, sorting through the
mail to find a hand written envelope with a slightly skewed stamp and
faded franking mark, sent from a pen friend; photo booth picture
included with the months of news and questions.
The fragrance of a freshly printed book plucked from a shelf and then
shared hand to hand with mumbled apologies for the folded page or coffee
cup ring on the cover.
Mooching around the shops, feeling, touching things you like and trying
on clothes before you buy them, twirling in the mirror admiring the
look. Going to car boot sales, antique shops and scrap yards to search
for the more unusual treasures; surrounded by the smell of hay, history
The excitement of opening the wallet of photographs from the film you
sent off last week, trying to remember what is on it and to see how each
has come out, laughing at the classic image with the finger over the
Fast forwarding through family videos to find the embarrassing clip, to share with friends at a special celebration party.
The phone ringing and the anticipation of who it is calling you as you
pick up the handset and say ‘hello?’ knowing that who it is calling
doesn’t know if you are there or not and the satisfaction in their
breath when you answer the phone.
The World is not slowing down and technology is advancing faster and
faster every day. I find the innovation enigmatic and embrace the ways
in which we all go about our lives intertwined with it.
But have absolute respect for the companies who have taken the time to
combine the old with the new giving us convenience but with the
tangible feelings we once enjoyed.