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From the BBC:

An all-female doo-wop band whose image is believed to have been the first photo uploaded to the fledgling world wide web is to play its final gig.

Les Horribles Cernettes take their swansong at the Hardronic Festival at the Cern laboratory in Geneva - the birthplace of the web.

A picture of the women was uploaded to the web on 18 July, 1992, by web creator - and fan - Tim Berners-Lee.

He wanted it to test out the version of the web he was working on at Cern.
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The band was founded in 1990 by Michele de Gennaro who worked at Cern as a graphic designer.

The Cernettes get their name from the initials of the giant particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, used at Cern to investigate fundamental physics.

The group has won fame in scientific circles by performing at Cern social gatherings and physics conferences. The women sing classic 60s pop songs, as well as their own compositions such as Microwave Love, Collider and My Sweetheart is a Nobel Prize.

The gig on 21 July at the annual Cern music festival will be their first performance for five years - and is billed as their last.

Jim Halley, manager of the band, said there had been a huge upsurge of interest in the band because of the anniversary of the image being uploaded to the web.

The band was even featured on the US talkshow hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, said Mr Halley.

"This photo was one of those that changed the web, from a platform for physics documentation, to a media for our lives," [the band] said.

Les Horribles Cernettes.


It's still a strange thought to me that the Internet is such a relatively new thing, it has made such a huge quantity of information so readily available and has come so far in such a short space of time.

It's all rather mind blowing; and I grew up with it.

[Insert "when I was young" speech of your choice]

When I was young...

If you weren't "at home" when someone tried to phone you, you missed the call. and you might not even KNOW!

Now we have so many communication options that you'd have to try REALLY hard to avoid all of them.

When I was young my phone number was Golspie 10, and our telephone had a big handle on the front.
If we missed a call Ray or Vera at the Golspie exchange would always let us know.

I was going to say "you win" there, but then I realised where you live...

OK. How's this then...?
When I was young I kept in touch with friends around the world by writing messages on pieces of paper. We would put these "letters" in a box beside the road and they would be delivered to my friends' houses.
In theory it's still possible to communicate this way.

By the way; I'm not 100 years old as it seems. Our telephone exchange was manual until the mid eighties. Then we leaped forward to a push button phone, bypassing the rotary dial phone completely.

My girlfriend and I often wonder how things might be if we were limited to writing letters, and telegrams.

it would certainly make our relationship very different without the ability to "chat", "Message", and flirt online.

There's nothing quite like a long letter, written with a pen on actual paper, from the heart.

That's true.
In an attempt to bring back the practice I recently tried to write one.
I was waiting for a plane in Singapore and had nothing else to do. It was not easy. I had paper, pen, a cold beer, and plenty of time. But I struggled to come up with anything worthwhile.
In the end I found a duty free store giving out free samples of about a dozen single malt whiskeys.
I have just remembered I still haven't posted the letter.

When I was young...

When you were on the internet, phone calls couldn't get through.

when i was young, not having an Apple product was considered abnormal.

When I was young, "apple products" came in pint glasses or pastry.

I take it as the arrogant Steve Jobs didn't make them?

A great shame I didn't get to hear the concert, the streaming feed was heavily over subscribed. Hope it went well.