I was watching a TV programme recently about how satellites have revolutionised communications in the last half a century. We have certainly come a long way since the days of Sputnik! It's not that many years since news items featured someone being interviewed by a live link that would fade out after about three minutes as Earth's trajectory and that of the satellite parted company. Today, a thousand bits of hi-tech space junk in geo-stationary orbit triangulate our place on the planet with pinpoint accuracy. There's nowhere to hide from the 24/7 global communication super highway. Instant messaging is the norm. Facebook, Twitter and other forms of online social and cultural media are now as natural as breathing. In this light, I have reluctantly accepted the need to join the "chattering classes" and start my own blog (although it may also be something to do with the three-line whip from my university tutors, who insist I do so for the sake of my degree!). So I'll be here, telling you about my life, studies and art on a regular basis from now on, and would welcome your feedback. My conversations may be mundane, hardly of national importance and unlikely to require international censorship, but should give you an insight into my world as a student and will hopefully be of interest to some! See you soon.
Terri H Harper