Jane Binnion column

Jane Binnion.
Jane Binnion.

Another Christmas behind us and we’re left wondering what 2015 will bring?

I actually do like Christmas.

Of course I enjoy the gifts and good food, but I’m happy to have reached the age where I know that I have all I need and it’s the people I’m with that are much more important than what I receive.

I mostly love that we get to sit round a table and chat over leisurely meals.

Apparently UK families are not great about sitting together to eat and the TV is still largely blamed for that.

Alongside the Christmas PJs, the young ones in our family got new phones, which reminded me of the rather mind boggling statistic that more people own a mobile phone than a toothbrush.

We realised that between us we have all the main brands of smart phone, but interestingly the iphone 6 was not one of them.

I eavesdropped a discussion between the younger members that they‘re not happy that Apple seem to intentionally design their phones to be obsolete within a year.

That doesn’t fit with the trend of moving away from the ‘throw away’ culture.

It sounds like people are getting bored of Apple’s sequels and they’re going to have to up their game if they want to keep loyal customers in the years to come.

Christmas is quite traditional and simple in our family and the new technologies do not play a massive role in our lives for those few days, but there are that we really appreciate over Christmas.

My number one is still Skype.

Free, live video calls to our family overseas. Brilliant.

And Skype are currently working on a translation app’, starting with English: Spanish.

The second is TV on demand.

We’re no longer enslaved by TV schedules; we can watch later – and skip the adverts.

The other great thing about Christmas is that we dig out the old board games and we had a lot of fun playing a ‘vintage’ board game called Headache.

We’ve had this game since getting it brand new in the 1960s.

It was enormously innovative with a device called the Pop-o-Matic dice shaker, which still works just as well today as it did then. Apple, take note.