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Thursday, 24 March 2016

A small world: a rant.

The universe, eh? 

Big. 

Filled with...well, I suppose the universe is actually mostly space, but there's a lot of stuff in there, too.

Small stuff like dust:

North American house dust mite. Photo credit: FDA / Wikimedia Commons

(mostly human skin, apparently, if it's house dust, but also fragments from outer space and tiny creatures like this dust mite)

and enormous stuff like Mount Everest:

Mount-Everest.jpg

Yes, there are absolutely huge amounts of stuff to see, smell, hear and touch. 

Okay. Now, a couple on their mobile phones in a restaurant is (I think) a bit sad, but hey, it's up to them. A couple where one person is on a phone and the other is looking bored or hurt or resentful is sadder, but, again, who can say what's really going on?

But sometimes...not long ago I saw a press photograph of a society wedding where one of the bridesmaids was walking along with her phone in her hand. I thought that was a bit of a shame. 

Then, just a few days later, I saw a press photograph of a bride and groom on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in London. The groom was having a conversation on his mobile.

And, you know, they did seem to have gone to lot of trouble for him to be ignoring everything around him while he had a chat to someone somewhere else.

Word To Use Today: mobile. This word comes from the Old French from the Latin mōbilis, from movēre, to move.


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