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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.

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


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

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Taken on November 19, 2010