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Mark Lawson has a rather bland piece in today’s Guardian which amounts to little more than ‘developments in technology affect methods of storytelling’ stretched out to 500 words, but there’s one line in it that strikes me:

Although mobiles have sealed off some traditional narrative avenues – “I’m afraid my husband’s on a walking holiday in the fells, officer, and we don’t expect to hear from him until Sunday!” – they also offer new openings.

I guess this shows that he hasn’t been to Cumbria recently, where most of the fells – and especially those on the western side of Lakeland, like Wasdale – still don’t have any mobile phone coverage, thanks to the fact that radio signals don’t pass through rock too well and no one’s yet attempted to erect a mobile mast on Scafell Pike. There are also large parts of the Scottish Highlands that don’t have any mobile coverage, but I guess when your main worry is that you’re in a part of a London where you can only get three bars of coverage, the idea that someone in Britain might not be able to use a Blackberry can be pretty mystifying.

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