I suppose I was not the first to think – “Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool”.
During this lockdown period I have messed around with Zoom and rarely understood a word spoken. Computers are like Old Testament Gods; lots of rules and no mercy. They let you make mistakes faster than any invention in human history – with the possible exceptions of handguns and whisky. Phones take ages to contact a business, I have listened to – “Your call is very important to us. We are very busy. Your call will be answered as soon as possible.” for hours on end. I suppose this is the new normal for a few months.
The Fordingbridge Camera Club has broken up for the season but our Committee has done sterling work over the last few months keeping the Club together with weekly Zoom meetings where current work can be seen and professional photographic speakers could give their talks and photos in virtual reality. We meet at Avonway Community Centre at 7.30pm most Wednesdays of the season. It is a mixture of talks by visiting top photographers coupled with opportunities to show your work on top class facilities and have it commented on by experienced photographic judges. Visitors are always welcome for a small fee.
Viewing television has become more popular over this lockdown period. The one function TV news performs very well is that if there is no news they give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were. There are also so many scams in computers etc that it is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time. One of the benefits of ageing in this time is that it’s hard to be nostalgic when you can’t remember anything. One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.