Skype’s free, but it means I can’t get away with fibs now

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STEVE CANAVAN: Making a molehill out of Malcolm, my very minor ailment

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I’m all for embracing technology wherever I can – and one of those places is Skype.

With relatives sprinkled around the world and phone charges being what they are, Skype – using the laptop to talk on a webcam via the internet – is the way forward.

Okay, there’s a small time delay and my relatives can see me in my pyjamas. But on the other hand, it’s free. What’s there to argue about?

Well, yes. But the trouble is that I can no longer lie about finishing the decorating.

Nor can I convincingly claim to have lost weight, or that I’m concentrating fully when I am in fact watching something on the TV and am only half listening to the conversation.

Suddenly, the good old phone does have its attractions.