Wherever you are in the world, the international march of technology and modernisation seems relentless and on the whole is welcomed on a widespread basis. If our lives are made easier or better and our jobs more productive and effective, then who can argue?

One downside of progress does seem to be the death of tradition, not just in the UK or USA but all around the world. Some recent examples can be found below (via the BBC):

India - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25620755

Spain - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25339469

Taiwan - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25351023

Mexico - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25420470

Each of these may seem pretty insignificant, but they are only small examples from only a few countries. The questions I would ask are, are countries starting to lose their own identities (whether cultural or otherwise) as more and more customs and skills fall by the wayside? Will villages, towns, cities or even countries start to homogenise into one big global b lob of modernity and standardisation?

Let's hope not! Let's hope that every country in the world can remain as diverse and fascinating entities - entities that attract and encourage us to work and live abroad, experiencing new sights and sounds as we go.

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