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THE EDITOR'S DIARY - TUESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2000
It's A Teeney-Weeney World
[and I've just got to tell you about it]

Once it would have been a miracle of science - a Thunderbirds fantasy - but now it is just a small vision of the near future.

My wife, Benita, is currently visiting her family in Chile for a month with our two daughters.

That's a long way away - 20 hours to fly and more airmiles than you can spit at.

But with all the mod cons of a cheap computer and a 50 webcam from Office World we're only a few bits apart.

It had taken a few trials and several errors - but tonight we got it all working hunky-dory.

MIVI WAVING WITH BENITA (right), AUNTIE CECY WITH ELLIE, AND GRANDAD AND GRANDMA
MIVI WAVING WITH BENITA (right), AUNTIE CECY WITH ELLIE,
AND GRANDAD AND GRANDMA

They could see me - I could see them. They could hear me - I could hear them ... and my echo, echo, echo.

We waved and we whistled. We laughed and we blew kisses.

Ellie who is one looked on in awe. For Mivi it was not her first time - she'd used the video link with me here between our home and the office.

So what's the big deal - it will just be part of the furniture when they grow up.

But still Mivi loved it - she hadn't been able to speak with daddy and see him at the same time for two weeks.

"Tu papa!" exclaimed Mivi's Spanish-speaking cousin, Rafael.

"No, it's my daddy" corrected Mivi firmly.

I guess the next version of the WebCam will need the auto-translator upgrade installed.

Then it was time to say goodbye and poor Mivi began to cry.

Poor little Mivi - it's a funny world she lives in.

Remember the future begins one second from now - it's only a tear drop away.

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