Ray Donnelly (57) is tall and slim. He moves like Barack Obama and talks like George Clooney. Ray was a successful basketball player in his time, picking up a Player of the Year award in California’s Orange County and going on to become a star in the US college league.
Young women do it, Kim Kardashian is the queen of it, the Pope and Obama are experts, and even an ape has been seen doing it – stretching out an arm and smiling into a phone. Nowadays selfies are like an armada of tiny messages in a bottle cast out into the vast virtual ocean, each one calling out: Hello! Look where I am! For real! Isn’t it great?!
There was a time when markets were wonderful places – cauldrons of haggling and laughter, where butchers, bakers, cooks and tailors plied their trades side by side. They were places teeming with life, tangible and real.