My technical genius friend Bruce has just set up wireless internet here – so I’m sitting in the backyard as I type. Earlier he Skyped our mutual friend Chris in Vancouver; they both have webcams so Bruce was walking around the house carrying his computer and gossiping with Chris on the screen. Recently I decided to look for a Belgian friend I last saw in 1964 and found her instantly on Google and Facebook, though she hasn’t written back yet. I can’t get over these extraordinary innovations, which bring the whole world to our kitchen table. Though I still don’t know how they cram all those tunes into that tiny iPod thingy. With a special funnel?