What Robert De Niro and my mum have in common

TECHNOLOGY is moving at a rapid rate and it can be hard to keep abreast of the most up to date ways of communicating online.

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There are so many social media and photo sharing sites out there, so if you've never heard of say Instagram or Snap Chat, then you, my friend, are in dire need of the very latest online tutorial video featured on the likes of You Tube.

Yes, all of this may seem like another language to some of you, but fear not - even A-List celebs can act like rabbits caught in headlights when it comes to internet activity as we discovered this week when Hollywood legend Robert De Niro tried to make his first ever iPhone video.

He used something called Vine, which is a mobile app that enables its users to create and post short looping video clips.

Video clips created with Vine have a maximum clip length of six seconds and can be shared to Vine's social network or to other services such as Twitter and Facebook, and have proved extremely popular with its reported 40 million users.

It was quite something to see the 70-year-old multi award-winning actor, who has stared in more than 100 movies throughout his hugely successful career, looking into the camera totally bemused as to what was actually happening before the clip ended.

I mean this is a man who has been in front of a camera more times than I've vowed to be bikini-ready for summer.

Is this a sign of things to come?

Is it an age thing?

Will technology continue to move at such a rapid pace that in 30 or so years time my generation will be completely out of the loop?

Last Christmas my sisters and I bought our darling mother a Kindle to read her books on, to which her first response was "How do I turn the pages?"

Once we had rectified that little bit of confusion, I then explained that in order for her to purchase books we'd need to set her up with an email address, to which she replied: "Ok I'd like my address to be Helen@PatsyCline.Com."

When I tried explained to her that it didn't work like that and that she would have to set up an account using an email provider like Yahoo or Gmail, she was having none of it, saying there was no way she wanted 'that lot' involved, spying on her every conversation.

After almost an entire morning of trying to explain to my mum how it all worked, I eventually waved the white flag, went into the kitchen and swiped a bottle of white wine out of the fridge to try and distract myself from the Ally McBeal-type moment I was envisaging in my head, where I took the Kindle out onto the freezing cold decking in the back garden and smashed it to smithereens with the musical Santa on the fireplace which had been blasting out Jingle Bells on repeat all morning.

To give my mother credit and to stop her kicking my backside when she reads this she did eventually conquer that Kindle and four months on is a dab hand with it - much to my father's delight as he can now watch Match of the Day in peace - but it's still slightly terrifying to think one day technology might pass me by.

As long as I can always call my loved ones, receive emails from Dominos Pizza updating me on their latest special offers, and have direct access to Ryan Gosling pictures on Twitter then I think I'll be just fine.

DON'T forget if you're a fan of Americana music and you're looking for something to do tonight, why not head down to the Berkley Suites in Charing Cross to hear the amazing Honest Sam and The Dealers play live from 8pm.

I'm delighted the guys have asked me along as a special guest to do a little tribute to the late great Patsy Cline, one of my favourite vocalist of all time.

Tickets are just £5 on the door and its on a first come first served basis.

Hope to see you there!

ACTIVE 2014 UPDATE: Over the Easter period I'm afraid I was anything but active, so I've decided not to be too disheartened by my complete lack of willpower and instead get my butt back in gear and hit the gym.

I've picked up a timetable detailing all of the classes available at my gym and stuck it on to my fridge door along with a picture of Kelly Brook's body with my head sellotaped to it.

That should do the trick!

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