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It still amazes me...

...that I can press a button on my laptop, then another, and I'm chatting to my mother in the Scottish Highlands from Halfway Bush, a Dunedin suburb in New Zealand. We're a good 12000 miles apart, and our call is free and on top of that we can see each other, so the stuff that goes under the heading non-verbal communication is available on the phone - in this case Skype - and given that we've only had language for a - speculative - one twenty-fifth of our time as a species, it seems to me a good recovery of the right bandwidth for communicating over distance. True we've been using Skype in our household about four years, but I still keep a sense of wonder that the TV-watch and other devices I saw at school in Eagle and other cherished comics in the 1950s is real.

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The picture was taken by my wife, Linda. She's the one to whom my mum is waving. Try that on a phone!

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Mum died peacefully at her home in the Highlands on 1 November 2012

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Taken on November 19, 2010