Another public service announcement: as part of their ongoing programme of patching-up the crumbling infrastructure, in about 10 minutes time EDF are scheduled to switch of our power for another 8 hours – so we'll be back to laptops, dongles, Blackberrys and maybe relocating to the local (I say local, its actually 22 miles away) Starbucks. We can pick up email but don't bother calling on the mobile number as making voice calls requires me to stand on a desk and hold the phone above my head to get a halfway decent signal. Normal service will be resumed.

* Normal service is resumed, apparently EDF didn't have a ladder long enough to reach the switch on the transformer,