>> Saturday, 4 February 2012
the way we live as a human race. Here are three inventions and developments which have fundamentally changed our lives.
The moon landing: When Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin took Apollo 11 to the moon and took those first steps on August 21 1969, the excitement was felt all over the civilized world. It changed the way we perceived ourselves and also changed the boundaries we had drawn for ourselves.
The home computer: In the 1ate 1970′s and throughout 1980′the home computer was really just a gaming machine for the kids or a glorified typewriter for mum and dad to do office work on. Little did we know that within twenty years, the home computer would virtually run our lives. With the recent England football match shown exclusively on the internet for the first time, and with Facebook becoming the communication method of choice for most people under thirty, the home computer is now an essential piece of technology.
The mobile phone: Being a nostalgic Englander, I get a warm glow of happiness whenever I see a red telephone box. I think of village policemen, Christmas pudding with sixpences inside and two shilling postal orders from grandmother. I can almost hear the crackle of the coal fire as we sit together with the neighbors all gathered in our living room to watch our brand new TV set.