Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Sea Thistle blues
I'm late posting today because BT had what my broadband provider was describing in a recorded message as a "major nationwide network outage". For nearly 12 hours. Normally I just go and do the washing up, put the laundry on, get the vacuum cleaner out etc - and by the time I've finished the network is back up and working again.
Not so this time. This time it went on....and on...and on. At the end of which I discovered that BT wholesale which sells network access to all the broadband suppliers does not deem it necessary to provide any information to the ultimate end user - such as how long the outage is expected to last.
I came up with an analogy for their behaviour. It's as if the Royal Mint forgets to supply any new notes or coins and there is not enough money in circulation. But they feel they don't need to explain what has happened or when the problem will be remedied. They leave it to the middle men to explain - the banks - or in the case of broadband, the broadband suppliers. It's all very silly. Pitiful even.
Anyway - it left me working on this drawing of Sea Thistle - for hours! I thought it was going to take ages - and I'm still not sure it's finished or I've got it the way I want it. I'd have liked to take longer over it......
Anyway - you'll just have to wait until tomorrow to find out what Shirley and I thought of the Turner exhibitions which we saw at the Tate yesterday!