Update Jan. 14: Alas, Noos France still has not resolved the issue of internet access. I have had numerous frustrating phone conversations with their technicians, to no avail. Today I'm at my husband's office using his computer (while he's out to lunch). I have written Noos a letter outlining the problems and taking them to task for their lack of cooperation. I am missing you all and hope my LAN access will be repaired soon!
You may have noticed the deafening silence from here the past couple of days. That's because my LAN service provider is experiencing problems and I have no internet access. At first I thought it was my computer, but have just had the technician round, who informed me otherwise. This being France, with bureaucracy galore, it could take a few days to get the problem resolved. I'll be back ASAP with lots to say, especially about George Bush's clueless attempts at diplomacy vis a vis the Israeli/Palestinian peace talks.