The bur­den of proof

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

One thing In­sta­gram does not need is another selfie, and def­i­nitely not one of me.

I rarely post per­sonal pic­tures and have been crit­i­cal of those who over­load In­sta feeds with glee­ful snaps cel­e­brat­ing ev­ery minute and meal of their days, from muesli to mid­night snack.

But then you meet a royal per­son­age and some­one takes a sneaky snap and, yes, the mo­ment has been recorded, you (or I) re­ally did meet Prince Charles, and there you are with whooshed-up hair and Him­self with a bald spot that he surely didn’t imag­ine would be pho­tographed from above.

There are few pics of me from all th­ese years of travel.

No real ev­i­dence ex­ists of me be­ing ap­pre­hended in China in the late 1980s for pho­tograph­ing a mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tion that I thought was my next ho­tel as it looked ex­actly like the build­ing where I’d stayed the pre­vi­ous night.

I for­got my cam­era when I in­ter­viewed Tom Cruise in his Top Gun era and there were no iPhones then that you could snap-snap-snap and so there’s no pic­ture of me with the most fa­mous ac­tor I’ve met.

I have sat next to Ro­nan Keat­ing on a plane, and Julie Christie, and a woman who chat­ted to me about her “mu­si­cal son” (she turned out to be Cliff Richard’s mother). No snaps of any of it, not even a snip­pet of a Keat­ing tat­too.

Last De­cem­ber, thanks to an in­tro­duc­tion from a mu­tual friend, I had din­ner in Bali with the ABC’s Chris Bath and her Channel Seven sports broad­caster hubby Jim Wilson.

My hubby Graeme, an ac­tor and Fox­tel host with whom I have been suc­cess­fully pho­tographed many times, and much ev­i­dence can be pro­duced thereof, is the most tremen­dous fan of Jim’s so the gor­geous Chris took a pic­ture of him with me. I texted it home.

The pic ar­rived. Graeme shot back: “No way. That is a card­board cut-out.”

To and fro the texts flew. Jim even­tu­ally had to ring a and “go live” with the scep­ti­cal Graeme.

Agreed, see­ing isn’t al­ways believ­ing, but here are HRH and SK on Her Majesty’s Yacht Bri­tan­nia in Wales. I so want to call it a Him­selfie.

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