Much to my relief I now have my broadband connection sorted! The Man and I decided we could no longer wait for Talk Talk to get their act together and using a dongle [a ridiculous name isn't it?] was just too slow so we have gone Fibre Optic. Virgin Media cabled us up and we can now use the internet at the speed of light apparently.
Seriously it will be great to get online when I need to and keep in touch promptly.
Apologies to anyone who I haven't responded to over the last 6 weeks while all this broadband nonsense has been going on but from now on I have no excuses.