Summertime, and the living is easy – at least it is if you’re lucky enough to have a fast internet connection that lets you work from home and avoid rush hour
AT THE TIME of writing this article in late June, the UK had actually experienced some kind of summer already this year. OK, in typically changeable British weather fashion, in the space of a week we had some days that were so unbearably hot the pavements literally melted, followed by a sudden cold spell with torrential rain. But hey, at least there was some sunshine, right?
Except rather than the hot, sunny days being welcomed by us Brits as a chance to get some vitamin D, most of us struggled through the heat with lots of complaining about how it was too boiling to do anything useful, aside from moan to our friends and neighbours or take to social networks to share pithy insights about the whole situation.
The worst-case scenario by far is those unfortunate people who have to travel in and out of central London on a 30-degree day using the Central Line. I know this, as I did that commute for 17 years. Fortunately for me, I now work from home (or wherever I happen to be), and so avoided the recent hellish experience on the tube. But the recent heatwave was one of the few times I actually took stock of what a fantastic, lifechanging thing this whole technology lark is. Yes, I love it for enabling more niche and indulgent experiences, like being able to watch the latest Spurs game on my iPad on the beach thanks to the delights of live streaming. But more than that, thanks to the evolution of mobile devices into the smartphones and laptops we possess today, along with the rush to embrace cloud services and the development of high-speed connectivity across the UK – even reaching into the furthest-flung parts of Scotland and Cornwall – it’s no longer obligatory or often worthwhile trekking into an office to get your work done. Thanks to the wonder of modern technology, during those sweltering summer days I could choose between working from the garden or from the coolest room in the house, with no difference in internet connection speed or reliability. And even better, no need for me to go anywhere near the Central Line, something for which I’m truly grateful.