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June 8, 2016

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June 8, 2016

Bob, You never have been, or ever will be, a moaning old so and so,  keeping us up to date in all things, (deep breath) a bloody great moaning old so and so is King of that title, commonly know as Cameron. You can stay being a person who sees it as it is, unlike Canbam , Merkel et al..... Fall out, carry on reporting ....

June 10, 2016

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June 10, 2016

Isn't marvellous earlier today we went to Clonmel our county town for south Tipperary,usual day in the big town,M&S,Argos etc then lunch in Dunnes restaurant. So you say was it a good meal yep ,decent booth type setup ,grub reasonable price for Ireland ,so what are posting again on mobile phones so soon,I'll tell you . Families sitting together round the table ,all the adults ,(ok not all of them myself and my better half weren't and maybe a couple about our age ) were on their feckin phones ,even when a child was in the high chair and being spoon fed the adult female either mother or grandmother were taking more interest of their phone. One family group of 2woman and 1 youth of 10/11 years of age the females one talking on the phone and the other on the phone paging thro etc ,the poor lad was left all alone with no intercourse (talking) with anybody . I relize we have communication to the world just a digit away ,my query is are the modern generation losing the art of face to face conversation ,relying more on these gadgets called mobile phones ????????

June 10, 2016

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June 10, 2016

Bob, in answer to your query ;  YES !!!   John (JKW)

July 21, 2016

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July 21, 2016

Yesterday PM a 15 year old girl who was texting on her phone walked into the path of a fuel tanker ,the truck was traveling at walking speed negotiating traffic lights at Huston station Dublin . The young girl died from her injuries , if you have been in Ireland you'd know the locals tend to wander across the roads,not so dangerous in the villages but Dublin is as busy as most large western cities , at least she wasn't pushing a buggy .

July 21, 2016

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July 21, 2016

Bob, Before long,  the mobile phone will disappear because the human brain will take over the task (for free??) in place of these hit/miss/what call? messages sent at great cost to the user, so what will the previous mobile phone suppliers do then??? It could also be more secret, since the brain will only send your msg to the right person (unless your brain got the wrong address in its transmitter unit in the brain). Ah, I see the problem there, most younger members of the mobile brigade have very little brain, since it is no longer the major controller of all we previously did, said, thought, planned or whatever. That is me on the target list of those to be bumped off by the "Youth Brigade"!!!! Ah well, never mind!!!

July 22, 2016

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July 22, 2016

I confess I don't move far from home without my I Phone. I ask myself what I did before they came along and the answer is clear, I managed without them for most of my life. Likewise my IPad which is a great way of talking to family members via FaceTime which is free if everyone is with the same provider and has the same device. Invaluable when we are away from home for extended periods. What I can absolutely say is that I am not addicted to them as so many of today's youth are. Go to any public place where people are sat resting, eating, drinking et al and most young people will be sat staring at their IPhone screens, thumbs either side of it texting furiously or playing some sort of game. I am a fore finger texter  myself, much to the mirth of my grand daughters who are both seasoned thumb texters. There is a happy medium, I embrace modern technology, I am pretty useless with it but I am always willing to learn, the secret is not to allow it to take over your life. The young girl in Bob's post literally did just that, sadly!      

July 24, 2016

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July 24, 2016

Where is the fun of going out with friends (of any age group,) when they sit around on the ground, or at a table in restaurant, cafe, bar or whatever, saying nothing to the people they are with, but pressing buttons to the nth degree to people elsewhere in the country/world? Have they lost their ability to SPEAK??? Or do they not like the people they are actually with?? And therefore not part of the group?

July 24, 2016

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July 24, 2016

I first got a mobile phone when, on my commuting (return) journey to HMP Liverpool by motor bike, I sustained a puncture, naturally(!?!)in the rear wheel. Obviously being unable to sort it myself, I had to push said motor bike through the "bandit country" of Birkenhead, in the falling snow (of course) to try and find a working phone box (not an easy task !). Having to wait almost 2 hours for the AA to organise a trailer (they don't fix rear wheel punctures either), still in the snow, & hoping no ex-convicts recognised me in "their" territory (!), I vowed thereafter NEVER to be without a mobile phone. It was the size of a house brick, cost £1 per minute ( a fortune in those days), but did give me peace of mind on that 34 mile return commute each day - sod's law of course, I never did get another puncture . These days, although feeling "naked" if I ever leave the house without one, I hardly ever use my mobile phone, & if I do, it's usually to call my wife in some large shop/ supermarket asking what aisle she's in so we can meet up again ( I have a tendency to wander off 'cos I get bored looking at the same shelves) ! John (JKW)

July 26, 2016

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July 26, 2016

Apropos John's post and his first mobile being the size of a house brick. In about 1990 or thereabouts, whilst I was posted to HQ 1 BR Corps as SO2G3PInfo we were issued with what I believe was one of the very first "mobile phones" available whilst on call as duty press officer. It was a 2 piece affair, a 3.5 kilo battery housed in a metal box with a handset attached all encased in a sort of bag with a shoulder strap. The whole thing weighed about 5 kilos and was a nightmare to walk around with. It was really obtrusive and I recall shopping with "she who must be obeyed" one Saturday afternoon in the Bielefeld NAAFI whilst on call carrying this behemoth on my shoulder. A call came in and it sounded like an air raid warning, it was a reporter from the Sun chasing a story about some shenanigans that had gone on in one of the officers' messes. There was no privacy, no chance of a whispered conversation, I stood out like a sore thumb anyway with this strange device on my shoulder!! I rushed outside with it only to immediately lose contact with said reporter and my efforts to re-establish contact failed miserably. I carried that freakin useless thing about for too many times to count after that incident and I grew to loathe it. So much so that years later I became one of the last of the dinasaurs government succumb and invest in a proper mobile phone. Nowadays my IPhone is  great asset and serves me as a mini computer whilst on the move, a camera, a torch, access to my bank account, FaceTime with my family and many other things. Oh did I mention I sometimes use it to speak to someone!!  

July 26, 2016

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July 26, 2016

Don't know how the word 'government'crept into my post in the last but one sentence I am sure I typed 'to' succumb but as I am using my I pad to post this who knows how that happened!

July 29, 2016

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July 29, 2016

David, Re your first ever "mobile phone". When I was with IBM, we were issued with the same type of phone from IBM USA, but they only lasted about a week (as you say too damned heavy with a toolcase too!) before they all mysteriously dissappeared overnight!. None of us liked them so we were then given mobile radios in-car, but that failed too, cos we had our own cars, on mileage rates, and said NO to big radio, heavy weight, only used once, and that was when I had a TR6 sports car, and I gave a lift to a hitch hiker while on my way to an IBM course in the Big Smoke. The journey lasted only 45 minutes out, when the engine started to rattle, and I told the passenger to get ready when I said "Jump". The engine exploded, I dodged from lane 3 to lane 1 and stopped against the crash barriers. hitcher dissappeared over crash barrier and rolled down about 30 ft or so before stopping. He staggered back up just in time to see 4 cars pull up behind me, all IBMers going on same course in Harrow. Hiker got a lift with one, and my car was dragged off into Luton for a new engine. (Conn Rod through the side of engine). Dead.... Happy days, before the present mobiles of today. Whatever was wrong with Robin Hood and his bow, THAT got the message thru, and no big expense...??

August 2, 2016

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August 2, 2016

Just watching the news,as you know when out for a meal or just a quiet drink the occupants of the table opposite they're all on a phone/tablet etc mmmmmmm nice quiet day/evening out nobody talking mmmmm so what's new you ask well there is a bar owner who's fed up with this so he's having a signal blocking device on his premises ....no mobiles devices etc ,people will have to interdict with each other like days of old when having their G&T or nosh ,now is that a step too far to get bums on seats and pints in hand ????????

August 2, 2016

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August 2, 2016

Hmmm, Bob, interdicting in public? Sounds a bit pornographic to me and is probably classed as outraging public decency, then to add insult to injury we get "bums on seats" not sure if referring to tramps in that way is entirely politically correct but hey ho I suppose at our age do we give a chuck. Joking aside, have you ever looked at younger people in restaurants who ARE NOT constantly on their mobiles or tablets? In my experience they are usually sat there glum faced with nothing to say, no conversation, no witty ripostes, nichts, nada, zilch! The next generation of technology will likely make human interaction even less necessary than today and I watched a TV programme recently centred on the "humanoid" living doll production in the USA which looks like physical contact or discourse with other humans even less frequent.

August 2, 2016

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August 2, 2016

Hmmm, Bob, interdicting in public? Sounds a bit pornographic to me and is probably classed as outraging public decency, then to add insult to injury we get "bums on seats" not sure if referring to tramps in that way is entirely politically correct but hey ho I suppose at our age do we give a chuck. Joking aside, have you ever looked at younger people in restaurants who ARE NOT constantly on their mobiles or tablets? In my experience they are usually sat there glum faced with nothing to say, no conversation, no witty ripostes, nichts, nada, zilch! The next generation of technology will likely make human interaction even less necessary than today and I watched a TV programme recently centred on the "humanoid" living doll production in the USA which if it takes off could well make contact or discourse with other humans become  even less frequent. There were interviews with "doll" owners who were verrrrry happy, all weird old men of course!

August 2, 2016

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August 2, 2016

Now I actually did only post once ...........I think!!! I noticed a mistake and tried to correct it in the last part of the first post hmmm, obviously failed, might need Freddy's erasure technology again!


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