...wind me up. I mentioned to some colleagues this morning about Anthony Minghella and Arthur C. Clarke passing away, and they looked blankly at me: "You know; directed 'The English Patient' and 'Talented Mr. Ripley'?" 8O "The science fiction bloke, wrote '2001'?" 8O "Ooh yeah, and the bloke who played Captain Birdseye died too..." "Wow, really? What a shame..." Now these guys were not obscure celebrities but famous British people who most people should have at least have heard of, but my coleagues were none the wiser. I sometimes believe that people these days only learn things that are relevant to them, without even a passing notification of other information, and just discard it to one side because they're not bothered to find out more. I mean, I do not claim to know everything - far from it - but I have retained a certain amount of knowledge about a wide variety of subjects, not all of interest to me necessarily. If I come across something new - as I often do on this forum - I will find out more, and at least make myself familiar with the subject. Perhaps it is a generational thing; it appears that in this age of "busy, busy, quick, I want it now", younger people are bombarded with so much information but discard most of it, like some mental firewall, if it does not interest them. For example, when I joined the Navy I had to learn everything about my trade and had to complete a form of apprentiship before I could be promoted. Some of the tasks I was required to do had absolutely nothing to do with my daily job, but I had an understanding of them, so I could be called on to carry them out, if required to do so. But I ask some of the younger sailors now to do a simple task and more often than not, their immediate response is: "I wasn't taught how to do that...", which infuriates me - there were many things that I wasn't taught, but I have since learned, as it has improved my understanding of my job, and the jobs of others around me.