Good night, sweet prints

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

GOOGLE’S vice pres­i­dent says we should print out our pho­tos or the 21st cen­tury will be an in­for­ma­tion black hole. Vint Cerf, is con­cerned that his­to­ri­ans will have dif­fi­culty know­ing much about us be­cause ‘so much of what we leave be­hind may have be­come un­in­ter­pretable’.

I was al­ready wor­ried that our per­sonal his­to­ries were in dan­ger of be­ing lost, so for Christ­mas we did a pho­to­book for Fisher Ju­nior and Son-in-Law, con­tain­ing mem­o­ries we have shared with them. Birth­day pic­tures in Uxbridge, a bar­be­cue in the mid­lands, and a me­dieval feast in Wales shared space with Shrews­bury Folk fes­ti­val, the fjords of Nor­way and a rainy Italy. Friends, fam­ily, pets, food, clothes, houses and hair­styles – it’s all there as a re­flec­tion of the times.

By co­in­ci­dence the same day that Mr Cerf ’s ar­ti­cle ap­peared – in which he added it was ironic that an­cient scrolls may stand the test of time bet­ter than records of our ‘ad­vanced age’ – I opened the door to a de­liv­ery man who handed over a rain-spat­tered par­cel. It con­tained nearly 200 pages of pho­tos in two books, or­dered by Mr F. They chart the World Cruise we took in 2012, and re­flect many thrilling ex­pe­ri­ences from our trip to the Syd­ney opera house and tea in Thai­land to watch­ing bap­tisms in the River Jor­dan. All of th­ese pic­tures had been lurk­ing in the bow­els of the com­puter, hardly looked at. Now we can flick through them when­ever we want.

I love my dig­i­tal cam­era but I will now make a point of print­ing out any im­por­tant pic­tures or mak­ing more pho­to­books. Any­one in­ter­ested in the lat­ter – we found both www.pho­tobox.co.uk, and vistaprint.co.uk to be good.

I at­tended Mayor Catherine Dann’s Civic ser­vice on Fe­bru­ary 15 at St Lawrence Church in East­cote with other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and coun­cil­lors. Sev­eral may­ors from West Lon­don bor­oughs sat to­gether at the front – mak­ing a daz­zling dis­play of red robes – but the stars of the day for me were the school choir from Bishop Ram­sey C of E who sang so beau­ti­fully.

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