The busy signal told you something. Voicemail tells you a lot less.
Back in the spring, in the UK, we had our first lockdown to bring the coronavirus under control. We never dreamed we’d have another. That’s why we never gave StayAtHome a number. Until now.
We said goodbye to Play for Today in 1984. These are some of my favourite milestones in the strand of dramas.
In 2012, the Encyclopaedia Britannica announced that, after 244 years, fifteen editions and selling more than 7 million sets of its volumes, it was going out of print. The 32 volumes and 44 million words of the 2010 edition were its last.
The travel agency is another casualty of COVID.
The book of dreams is dust.
My little iPod Nano has been around the world with me. (Twice.) Surely it would be easy to find its like elsewhere.
Risk your life for a floral teatowel? Not so much. Flour? Now you’re talking.
Fax machines are vanishing from the NHS. By order. Although they are still surprisingly healthy in other parts of the world.
Cafés. Remember them? Not so long ago that we could meet a friend for a coffee and a cake, or perk up a trip to the shops with a timely cup of tea… In fact, it was a week ago today that the UK government closed all sit-down dining venues, including restaurants, pubs, clubs and…
Remember those fuzzy school handouts in purple? The ones that came with the complimentary side-effect of a hangover? Sadly gone. Geography lessons will never be the same.