Comment: Phoney Education
The best measure of the boon these phones have been is to recall the woe of life before them. Just 15 years ago on trams and trains people buried their heads in books, newspapers and periodicals, searching for the precious little information they contained, or stared out the windows at a world going past that without Wikipedia they could not begin to understand. People knew very little then.
On 8 August, during the London riots, Brett Graham’s restaurant, The Ledbury, was invaded by looters. “There were 30 of them and they outnumbered the customers,” Graham told me. They used bricks to smash the front door and threatened diners with broken glass, robbed necklaces, watches and mobile phones, and used baseball bats to destroy the innards of the dining room; tables, chairs, pl