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4 December 2011 / leggypeggy

The third-world internet of Australia

We’ve spent six days in Australia and I’m yet to have a decent internet connection.

Places that swear they have WiFi, don’t. Libraries have it—if they’re open and you can get in or if you are already ‘registered’. I’ve paid for connections that never connect. I even spent $99 on a Telstra dongle (that should give me a connection anywhere a phone would work) and still no luck.

I’m home in a week and I know that works. Anything earlier will be a bonus.

Not a happy camper on this count, but okay otherwise.


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  1. Louise M Oliver / Dec 4 2011 8:01 pm

    Hi Peggy,
    Welcome home!! I hope you enjoyed the camping. That non-existent internet must be so annoying especially when you’re spending heaps of money to allegedly access it. I look forward to seeing you and Poor John a bit later. Take care.

    Best wishes


  2. Derrick / Dec 4 2011 9:31 pm

    Ah, that explains why there’s been no new updates
    So it will be hot showers, food on plates and actually know what there is for the next meal 🙂

    So now you have nigh on finished, so what and when is the next trek /

    Going to take a bit of time to get over this one, get washing done, then back on the internet for another trip, happy days

    (I didnt know Oz was on its uppers regarding the internet !!)


  3. Sy S. / Dec 5 2011 3:37 pm


    I had a somewhat hard time reading Derrick’s post and a few words (slang for me).. but figured out what he meant.

    If I recall Peggy, you work for the government and writing simple/basic English language (something to that effect). So you have your work cut out for you… reading this URL and
    “Slang Australian Words;

    (My Nu Yawkee Slang, I do not own a boat “Skipper” LOL)


  4. Derrick / Dec 5 2011 11:35 pm

    Oh, I never realised I used ‘slang’

    I just assumed that water would be in short supply and that when she got home there wouuld be hot water in abundance, food in the fridge (and there wouldnt be any surprises for any meals)

    As Peggy travels a lot, if she would be planning another trip, any time soon

    Apologies for any confusion


  5. Sy S. / Dec 6 2011 12:22 am

    Hello Derrick,

    The words “nigh” and “Uppers” through me off a bit… and slang word for me may not be slang word for you…

    Sy S.


    • Derrick / Dec 6 2011 1:56 am

      ‘nigh’, as in nearly (old English word)

      ‘uppers’ as in where the sole of your boots have worn away, or hard times (or in some cases illicit drugs, but I didnt mean them)

      (Just depends on the context they are used, I guess)


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