I'm just back from Oxford having given my lecture there, and am now in London about to lecture at Imperial College in London. The weather here is wet and overcast, a rather typical London day.
I tried to blog from Oxford, but a) my hotel had no high speed Internet connection, then b) the largest local Internet cafe was closed for rennovation, and yet c) it was sufficiently late such that anything else was closed. Students at Oxford have told me that this is a curious college town, in that pretty much everything closes up early. I suppose everyone is too busy studying to warrant such services. Those same students do report that all the colleges are quite wired with both fixed and wireless connections. Nonetheless, my travails in searching for public access remind me of a decade ago when, before mobile phones become so pervasive, one had to search for public phones. In the generation before that, phones themselves were rare commodities and one would have to hunt for any phone. In the generation before that even, I suppose one had the same experience with tracking down a telegraph station (in fact, there's a delightful book on the subject, The Victorian Internet).
Well, I'm off some some fish and chips to fortify myself before I lecture...
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