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The Paul Rogers blog: A look back in time
THERE is a campaign at the moment to get Professor Peter Higgs a knighthood after scientists this week discovered a particle consistent with his boson that he theorised back in 1964.
Put simply, he and five other physicists proposed the existence of an invisible field lying across the universe and giving particles their mass.
Now I don’t proclaim to know too much about physics, but to think that he came up with the idea nearly 50 years ago and it’s only just been confirmed is astonishing to say the least.
We are surrounded by science and it’s only when you really think about it that you realise what a wonderful world that we live in.
I am too astounded by the technological advances that have happened in recent years and how it has taken over our lives.
On a daily basis, how often do you use your mobile phone, a computer, listen to your iPod or use a Sat Nav to get you from A to B?
I know the one thing that I can’t live without is my phone and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
But, on the other hand, I still smile when I remember the days when I didn’t have a mobile or an iPod.
I was an 80’s baby and grew up with Sony Walkmans, Segas (Argh! NO apostrophes, these are plurals not possessive) and VHS players, not to mention disposable cameras.
Instead of texting or messaging a friend on Facebook, I would ring their landline and speak to their mum first to see if they were in.
In my opinion, the advance in technology over the last decade or so has resulted in children staying indoors more now, rather than playing out on the street.
Does anyone play hide and seek or “kerbie” these days or hang out in dens?
I remember I was the first person in my class to get Sky and all my friends used to come round to watch the football or wrestling.
Now it seems that everyone has got it, with hundreds of channels to choose from.
And, even if they don’t, there’s plenty of options on Freeview to choose from.
I love the technological world we live in today, but it’s always nice to reminisce about what we used to be surrounded by.
What things do you miss that you wish was still around? I’d love to know.