Sometimes it’s hard to see the light through the stack of glass sandwiches on offer when it comes to smartphones in 2019 and then along comes one phone that makes you reminisce about the good old days of Mobile. When buying a mobile felt like you were giving your friend money to start their own business because you were fully supportive of them and their ideas. Well along comes Xiaomi, for a long time not even on my radar as a smartphone manufacturer. I’d always associate them with cheap smart home products I could find on Aliexpress. I was lucky enough to sit in on the Launch event at MWC 2019 and even before the presentation began I was immediately at ease whilst I watch the comedic rolling ads advertising their line of (over 2000) smart appliances. The presentation was warm and fuzzy and first and foremost the Mi Fans had the initial shout out of the day. The whole event made me feel like I was at an HTC event circa 2013. That family feeling was in full flow. Now that I … [Read more...] about Xiaomi Mi 9 first impressions: rough around the edges, but still quite a good
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CLARE Devlin lives in The Loup, Co Derry and is a mother of two children, aged 20 and 14. She has 30 years' experience working within primary and early years education. A former teacher and director of programmes with the Early Years Organisation, she now designs and delivers bespoke early education training workshops across Ireland and Britain, on topics including play, outdoor learning and creativity. A firm believer in the power of 'being with children' she passes on some advice to parents on how best to engage with their young children. How important is play for children's development and ability to learn?Play is widely acknowledged as a primary medium for young children's learning and has been recognised by the UN Convention for Human Rights as a right for every child. Play also provides parents, early years practitioners and teachers with opportunities to gain a deeper insight into the child's understanding of early concepts. At what age should a child be allowed to use a tablet … [Read more...] about Early years expert Clare Devlin on screen time, shopping and a good old empty box
By Steve Bulpett | [email protected] | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: December 14, 2018 at 8:04 pm | UPDATED: December 14, 2018 at 9:58 pm Take the highest priced ticket for Friday night’s Celtics-Hawks game and double it. That’s what you would have paid to be standing on the sideline an hour before tipoff as Dominique Wilkins and Danny Ainge dribbled down memory lane, each story topping the last. There were tales of Larry Bird’s legendary trash talk and a full recounting of April 24, 1983 when Atlanta center Tree Rollins bit Ainge’s right middle finger as the two wrestled on the Old Garden floor. Ainge even showed the mark that still endures two knuckles down on the palm side of the finger. Later, after Danny had moved on, Wilkins laughed and said, “That is so great. I love that. We talk about all the crazy stuff from back then — stuff we did, stuff we said. You can’t buy them conversations, man. They’re priceless. I look … [Read more...] about Dominique Wilkins waxes eloquently about Danny Ainge and the crazy old days
Opinion PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 December 2018 | UPDATED: 14:00 02 December 2018 Keith Skipper Sheringham fisherman and lifeboatman Jimmy “Paris” West strikes a classic lean-and-ponder pose. He died at 91 in 1987 Archant This may not seem the most appropriate juncture in Norfolk economic history to blurt out blithely across a post office queue: “Bring back them good old lean times!” Before I’m bundled off for a spell of proper fiscal stimulus chained to a manic supermarket till, let me explain how my unlikely battle cry could spell peace and goodwill as we hurtle towards the season of clamour and excess.It all started when I spotted a local character ripe in years and yarns leaning over the sea wall at Cromer putting the world and its problems behind him. He rested, ruminated and pulled gently on a faithful old pipe. I watched him watching the waves just before darkness closed in and teatime called.A picture of twilit serenity bound to produce a … [Read more...] about Bring back them good old lean times this Christmas!
Home Features Humans Feature 17 January 2018 History tells us all cultures have their sell-by date. Do political strife, crippling inequality and climate change mean the West’s time is now up By Laura SpinneyAH, the good old days, when predictions that “the end is nigh” were seen only on sandwich boards, and the doom-mongers who carried them were easy enough to ignore. If only things had stayed so simple. The sandwich boards have mostly gone and the world is still here, but the gloomy predictions keep coming, and not all of them are based on creative interpretations of religious texts. Scientists, historians and politicians alike have begun to warn that Western culture is reaching a critical juncture. Cycles of inequality and resource use are heading for a tipping point that in many past civilisations precipitated political unrest, war and finally collapse. For the most part, though, people are carrying on as … [Read more...] about End of days: Is Western civilisation on the brink of collapse?