Three’s a crowd: why it’s time to switch off mobile phone ‘infidelity’

Are you panic-stricken by missing a message, turning off your tweets or failing to file a status? Does your blood pressure rise when your battery life falls? When you lose reception, do your marbles go with it?

If the answer is to any of these is ‘yes’, then it’s time to recognise the signs of Nomophobia.  Otherwise known as ‘No-Mobile-Phone Phobia’.  Google it. It does exist.  A by-product of the technological world we live in. And it’s going viral.  A recent study found 66 per cent of people in the UK feel the fear of separation from their mobile phones.

I have observed that someone who can’t bear to be apart from their mobile, will display other symptoms too.  As interaction with your smart device increases, direct human contact decreases. I am calling this Mopho-delity.  Or Mobile Phone ‘infidelity’.       Definition: when a smart phone becomes the third person in your relationship. Continue reading

Horses for Courses: How the horsemeat scandal rescued my home cooking…

It’s just gone 7 pm in the newsroom.  The team draws breath after a busy live show. Some button their coats to leave. The late crew, including me, prepares to tuck into standard ‘ready meal’ fare and chew over the next bulletin.  It’s then that the international horsemeat scandal gallops full speed into Wales.  Positive tests for horse in processed beef products made here.

The tests, you could say, are an example of shutting the stable door once the crisis has bolted.  But, nonetheless, UK officials had chased the horse round the food chain and across Europe to be brought home to their own backyard.  Cue jokes about ‘getting the trots’ from ‘a stable diet’ and suddenly, my microwaveable lasagne was infinitely less appealing.

Remember though, the horse scare is not a health scare. In France, where my husband plays rugby, le cheval is a menu regular and recent ‘publicity’ has, in fact, boosted sales there.  The question for the consumer here is not a medical one, but one of trust.  Many of us may not necessarily be so bothered about eating horse.  We’re more concerned about how it got there and what else might have snuck in along with it.

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