Weathering the new gadget storm; Letters.EARLIER in the year I had a birthday (I've enough socks and pants to keep M&S going for a week), so my family bought me a wire-free weather station.
I decided to put it on the mantle mantle, portion of the earth's interior lying beneath the crust and above the core. No direct observation of the mantle, or its upper boundary, has been made; its boundaries have been determined solely by abrupt changes in the velocities and character of seismic shelf. A few years ago the shelf would probably have been home to a clock, a packet of cigarettes, matches and perhaps a dish with pins etc.
How things have changed! From the cabinet on the left I've written the items I have: a small stereo See stereophonic. , two speakers with remote, also remote for the gas fire, a box of paper hankies and a stand holding a pocket watch.
On the mantle there is also a photo frame with 1revolving pictures, a remote gadget (1) Slang for any hardware device, typically small. Synonymous with "gizmo."
(2) A mini application that resides on a computer desktop or personal home page, typically found in the Windows environment. giving electric details around the house, a small brass clock, a slim vase of flowers and a BT phone with recording box. On the right hand cabinet there is a TV, a CD box, Sky remote plus 24 hour clock, remotes for TV and one for the CD player - oh and two pairs of glasses.
Trouble is half the time I've forgotten how these gadgets operate! Yes, the times they are a changing...
Mr W Keene, Coundon, Coventry.