Ha! Well, I'm here and it's all bloody funny foreign weather; -2deg until 11am when a scorching Alpine Sun fries your eyeballs at a blistering 14deg (oh alright it's not much, but a climb of 16deg in five minutes is a bit new for me...). Internet here is easy - you just plug in a cube to the power socket and that's it, your own WiFi that works all the way over the barn. Still all very temporary in the house, but I managed to tell a joke in the local pub yesterday and they all laughed, so there's a major hurdle in the language skill thing I think, though when they gabble in the local dialect it's still just a noise. Anyway, enough domestic trivia; thank you all for your kind words, and yes I'll be starting a parallel blog with all the tales and pictures of the extensive renovation for those interested. And having lived half my life in a site office, the temporary blogstation (below) is better than some I've had.
Limited time still for news sources but I was outraged by reports of Cameron's tactics in defeat; that having gained only minor and trivial concessions from our European partners he's now switching to the money and propaganda battles to win the 'in' vote; there's a law that may condemn him to failure not on grounds of the principal argument but on grounds of crookedness and spivity. A fair fight is still valued above rubies in Britain.