Aung San Suu Kyi. Image: Newagedentists.
It's been all over the news that the famous Burmese democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was just released from house arrest on November 13. She was imprisoned during the early-to-mid 1990s after being elected, and has been almost continuously imprisoned since 2000. In her first big interview with the BBC (you can see the video here and below the break), she mentioned her first encounter with cell phones this past Saturday night when she met the crowds: "In the long years she has been under house arrest, the world has changed. The internet and the mobile phone have revolutionised the lives of billions around the world - including in Burma. Ms Suu Kyi was allowed to use neither gadget while she was a prisoner. When she made her first appearance on Saturday and saw the thousands of mobiles held up towards her by her supporters who wanted to take her photograph, she was taken aback. She was surprised when she first handled the mobile which someone gave her to phone her son Kim in Bangkok. She had seen them in photographs, but this one seemed so small and inadequate, and she found it hard to know how to listen to it and talk into it."
See my earlier post on Retro Telephones.