International

Only communicate

Sep 5th, 2014 | By | Category: International

Being without a functional internet connection for five days, having only French television channels, relying on the BBC World Service for news: there was a feeling of being incommunicado. Of course, the mobile phone still worked, but what were two bars of a telephone signal compared with a proper broadband connection?

It is a world different from that of 1979 when my friend  Arthur moved to London for a job. Work was scarce, wages were low, and accommodation was not easy to find. His temporary address was in a place called Bushey …