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Hottest send-offs Camera phones tell a tale of narcissism

Published 16/04/2011 | 05:00

Cremation is fast becoming the hot way to go. Growing numbers of cash-strapped families are opting to cremate their deceased loved ones rather than expose themselves to the often dizzying expense of the traditional burial.

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Predictably, some undertakers are infuriated by this development, and there have been sniffy comments in newspapers about "falling standards".

In reality, of course, a cremation can be just as dignified and respectful as any other form of funeral. Handing large wads of dosh to a 'funeral director' is never the decisive factor. One way or another, the money spent on a send-off is going up in smoke.

Camera phones tell a tale of narcissism

The hacking of phones by media organisations is deplorable, not to mention illegal. However, in several of the high-profile cases that have so far made headlines in the UK and US, a curious trend has emerged: apparently, the camera-phones of many celebrities contain nothing but pictures of themselves.

These people really need to develop outside interests. Self-love is the unhealthiest of all addictions. Even the most hopeless whiskey alcoholic will occasionally ask if someone else in the room would like a shot.

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