Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

TWO WEEKS into Septem­ber and I find I’m al­ready look­ing back at the sum­mer with nos­tal­gia.

Last week was a lovely hog roast cel­e­bra­tion of a big birth­day for one of our coun­cil­lors, Judy Kelly, and her 40 years in­volve­ment with the Com­pass The­atre. She par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided by her stu­dents at the sur­prise do.

I sub­sti­tuted quiche for hog and had a great time. Luck­ily it was sunny, af­ter a rainy week. I wish I’d snapped it.

Most of us now use phone cam­eras. The im­me­di­acy is still a nov­elty, but I do miss the days when we col­lected the prints from Boots, or they were posted to us.

Oh, the ex­cite­ment of flip­ping through them; even the ones with heads miss­ing and the un­flat­ter­ing ones, but no one now shares an im­age of them­selves un­less it’s per­fect. In the dig­i­tal age, you can keep tak­ing pics un­til you’re sat­is­fied.

Mr F and I haven’t quite got the hang of self­ies. I like the idea that we can be pho­tographed to­gether with­out hav­ing to ask passers-by to snap us, but the re­sults, so far, have been rub­bish.

At a folk fes­ti­val dur­ing bank hol­i­day week­end we looked de­mented in a selfie I sent it to FJ who texted ‘what on earth were you say­ing to dad? He looks hor­ri­fied’. (We were hav­ing a heated dis­cus­sion about how far away to hold the phone!).

When I snapped my­self in front of the weird frontage of Birm­ing­ham li­brary to send to Mr F, I looked as though I was press­ing my face against a win­dow.

I was there­fore pleased to hear that sales are up for throw­away cam­eras. Ac­cord­ing to a Fu­ji­film spokesman, young peo­ple are buying them to rebel against the trend to cre­ate false im­ages.

Reader Pat Foster tells me that some­one who presents a pleas­ing, help­ful im­age is Fa­tima, who works in the op­ti­cian’s depart­ment of Tesco in Cow­ley, so she is my Smi­ley Ser­vice win­ner of the week. Do let me know about peo­ple who give friendly per­sonal ser­vice – or the op­po­site.

If I per­se­vere with dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy I’m told I need a selfie stick, but I’m dis­in­clined to in­vest in the look-at-me busi­ness. Be­fore you know it, I’ll be blur­ring the wrin­kles, crop­ping my bad bits, and re­duc­ing my out­line so that I’m barely recog­nis­able.

Ac­tu­ally, that doesn’t sound such a bad idea ... Ev­ery week BAR­BARA FISHER looks at is­sues that af­fect us all – the is­sues that get you talk­ing. You can join in by email­ing bmail­bar­


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