This will only be relevant to those of you in England so my apologies in advance to the rest of you!
I can’t describe how fed up I am with all the media reports describing England’s “heartbreaking” (or similar) sporting weekend. My favourite sports are rugby union and formula 1 so I have as much of an interest as anyone, but I’m not disappointed. I don’t subscribe to the “first loser” school of thought, although I’d be the first to admit that I like to win, but let’s just have a reality check here. England’s rugby union team from 2004 until about 4 weeks ago was really very poor. Reigning world champions they may have been, but they seemed to have lost the desire to play. Slow, ponderous, dim-witted and unimaginative in the forwards and, frankly, the backs may as well not have been there at all.
Just read Stephen Fry’s lastest blog post. I’m a great admirer of Mr. Fry’s work and this latest piece is the usual combination of wit, wisdom and thought-provokery. Indeed, his previous posts and the rest of his web site are highly recommended. I just wish I had a fraction of his talent.
Modern technology can be wonderful. Satellite communications and the internet make it possible to work anywhere and we are lucky enough to be able to live in a really wild, remote area while still being part of the online world.
Whenever we start to feel smug, however, Mother Nature is ready to put us back in our place! A really bad storm on Sunday night – gale force winds, hail, thunder and lightning – left us without power between 12:30am and 11:15am Monday. Not too bad you might think, and you should be right. Unfortunately we’ve found that whenever the power goes, so does our broadband. It’s never a simple matter of restoring power. Something dark and mysterious has to be done by our broadband provider to restore our connection. Happily I can report that just over 24 hours after the power came back we are online once again.
[NB this doesn't affect the website, only our ability to access it.]
Life in Currane, technology