The broadband service and telephone were restored in the late/early hours of Saturday/Sunday morning. All digits crossed it stays connected. Just in case it does not, I am busy catching up with correspondence and other communications.
I don't think 3G has arrived here yet, let alone 4G, which, is being touted as the latest and best communication link to buy into. My smart phone was severely limited with what I could do with it for back up -I couldn't access the internet at all unless I went into a shop or a café that had wifi on offer to customers. Where I live, there are only two businesses like that. So, I made time to go to one or other of those places. It was the time that I could have curled up with a book or browsed a newspaper.
I did though, watch a variety of news channels on T.V. I glanced at one newspaper, the local bi-weekly rag. Apart from a great picture of a relative in it, there was not much to read. I often wonder why I buy it...the answer is the one that everyone gives; you buy it in case you miss something. I did get to the end of a chapter and the start of the next, in one of the books.