On this day in 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco died at the age of 52 because of injuries she suffered the day before in a car crash. She was formerly actress Grace Kelly.
As a student, I dated a girl I only saw at weekends as she was in college many miles away. We had to prearrange a time mid-week to be at our mutual, coin-operated public phone boxes to take a brief phone call. That, and the occasional letter, written by desperate, love-struck teenagers, was how we kept in touch. It doesn't seem that long ago, but how our ability to communicate has changed with advances in technology. The latest smart phones never cease to amaze me. You can communicate with your loved ones via SMS, send an email, see them face-to-face via Skype and video phone or simply, make a call ... and that's just for starters. You can browse the internet, take photos, make and edit movies. You can find your way about any city in the world with GPS, what's the weather like now in Singapore? Check your Stock on Wall Street. You can listen to your favourite music, watch a movie, read a good book or play games. The list seems to be endless, and all from a device the size of a packet of cigarettes. Seems to me, we are now very dependant on our mobile phones ... one of these days I'm going to switch mine off for a week just to see how I might survive without it ... one of these days.
Photo: Hand-held, trying out a lens I had forgotten about for a while. If you are looking for an up-grade from a standard kit-lens but can't afford to shell out the big moola for pro glass, then this might be the baby for you. Seriously sharp with VR and a SWM, light and compact, very discreet. The lens, Nikon 16-85mm 3.5-5.6 G ED VR.
ISO 400. 1/100 @ f/5.6