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Speaking a thousand words…

It’s often said that a picture speaks a thousands words. Although a picture of David Cameron probably only says one word: tw*t. Also, if Ed Miliband shows you a picture to avoid hearing 1,000 words of his horrific nasal tones the surely that isn’t a bad thing? For balance, I should probably mention Nick Clegg – but I have a preference to only write about people who’ll still be MP’s in 3 year’s time…

Whilst it’s believed that Chris Moyles refuses to have his photo taken (as he’d much rather speak the thousand words), perhaps the phrase will become outdated as the medium of photography changes? This week, camera seller Jessops went into Administration and it was announced that most of their stores will close – when it was announced their chief executive’s face was a picture… (or a thousand words)…

Obviously, there’s no real need for the casual photographer to purchase a good quality camera as most smartphones now have cameras more megapixels than the number of hot diners consumer by John Prescott (2 a day, every day, for the last 47 years).

Whilst Jessops’ demise has gone in a Flash, it is slightly ironic that in a world ruled by security cameras and speed cameras (but not CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale) that a place that simply sells cameras has gone bust.

No doubt things will Develop further, but Jessops isn’t the only camera company to suffer financial difficulties: apparently if the amount of money owed to creditors by Olympus was stacked on top of each other, then it would reach the same height as a Greek mountain [feel free to update that joke with the words ‘Fuji’ and ‘Japanese’ – preferably over the words ‘Olympus’ and ‘Greek’, otherwise it won’t make any sense] and when the head of Kodak found out that they were struggling financially… well, it was quite a moment…

In a few year’s time, no doubt a polaroid will only be known as an embarrassing problem that Sir Randulph Finnes and other arctic explorers have on their bottoms and people will no longer have the luxury of storing years of photographs in shoe boxes – instead they might have to start putting shoes in them, or just recycling their cardboard with the same proficiency that Peter Kay recycles his jokes.

I suppose, and in a nod towards yesterday’s ‘blog, everything can be done online nowadays: you can buy your CD’s online, you can develop your photographs online and some people even waste their time writing ‘blogs every day (losers). I heard that the latest developments are that you will soon be able to go to the toilet over the internet… although surely that’s taking the piss…

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No Blind Mice…

Not too dissimilar to Saturday’s blog, I’m amazed by the whole concept of medical breakthroughs and I remember a few years ago that a mouse had a human ear attached to it – I’m not sure if you heard about it? The mouse certainly did, as he had an enormous ear on his back…

Two days ago it was revealed that some mice had their blindness cured by injecting light-sensing cells into their eyes. Whichever way you look at this, such a feat is remarkable; albeit the scientists are remaining fairly modest – they’re being as quiet as a mouse…

For both conceiving and then successfully implementing the idea, the scientists at Oxford University (I think this is quite a highly regarded university) deserve a huge pat on the back – presuming they don’t have a massive ear on there…

Indeed, for even paying that much attention that they noticed said mice were blind in the first place is pretty impressive. Personally I don’t know much about blindness and I haven’t had many tests on my eyes; that said, I once went for a retinal scan – unfortunately though, I misheard when the opthalmist said ‘retinal’ and by the time I’d taken my trousers off I started to look a bit silly…

The question of whether animals being used for research purposes is an ethical minefield – note, hopefully animals aren’t being used to test actual minefields.

Additionally, it is reassuring to see scientists actually trying to achieve something instead of working out the optimal amount of butter on a slice of toast – note, I’m assuming that the scientists in question are considering using these initial findings and apply them to humans, as opposed to trying to put out of business any shops that specialise in selling white canes and sunglasses to the rodent market. In all honesty, as markets go, the aforementioned market is about as niche as the market for replica Mitt Romney action dolls.

Whilst this improvement in technology to cure blindness is impressive, blindness curing research came on leaps during the tenure of the last Government, with many Politicians becoming actively involved. There was the used of ‘bionic eyes’ (which Gordon Brown was apparently keen to promote) and there was also the used of ‘retinal chips’… which were eaten by John Prescott…

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