For Those in Peril Up a Pole

So, I’d like to say that it was a hardship today being the one who had to wait in for the Openreach engineer to come and sort out the fact that we’ve had no landline since before the new year and crappy internet since the last deluge – but given today’s forecast was similarly grim, it would be a complete lie. True, I had to cancel a regular appointment and I would be missing out on a bike ride but I probably would have done that anyway, frankly, given the weather.

Instead, after the engineer had been, pronounced there was indeed a fault on the line, and headed off in search of it, I had a moderately pleasant and productive morning sitting in my nice dry study watching the rain being whipped sideways across the fields and working around our on-again, off-again connectivity. Our intermittent internet has been pretty annoying over the past few weeks, especially as I work from home and do actually need a decent connection for much of my activities (but also, if I’m honest, because I like to waste far too much time on social media). However, I have been gradually learning how to spend the down time doing productive work where that is possible, which it mostly is, and when that fails, turning to things which might actually be a bit better for my general wellbeing than arguing with people on Twitter about why it’s counterproductive to argue with people on Twitter (Reading books! Actually reading the newspaper! catching up with my knitting!).

Despite this, I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t want reliable broadband back – although I do have to admit feeling a mild twinge of guilt when I looked out the kitchen window as I made myself a coffee and watched the engineer battling with his ladder in the wind to climb up poles in the rain all so I could watch cat videos and argue about cycling with total strangers. Remind me next time I’m moaning about the freelancing life, or getting a bit damp on the bike, that at least I’m not a telecoms engineer…

openreach engineer

I love work, I could watch it for hours

Oh, and nothing to do with the rest of the post – but if you live in Scotland and would like to see the government investing in transport infrastructure that isn’t just ever more roads then could you please head over here before Friday and let them know?

4 Responses to For Those in Peril Up a Pole

  1. How do they mange to keep their fingers warm enough to function? We’ve had many a similar broadband scenario, the last one was caused by someone clearing a gully and stacking the mud around the bottom, of the pole, where the cable went briefly, underground. Resulting in water getting in the joint.

  2. Michael Hartley says:

    Do you have 4G cellular coverage at home? If so have a look at using a router, you may also get quicker internet.
    I would naturally reccomend EE as a network provider because doing so means that to a very limited extent you will be paying my mortgage. Should you decide on EE drop me a line for some advice/discount

  3. disgruntled says:

    Thanks! We’ve actually now got fibre available outside our gate so we’ll make the switch to that soon. I do use EE for my mobile though

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