So the wider context is, after almost two decades, I am back in England and trying to set up a new home.

First up, internet. I booked a week in advance with John Lewis Broadband. Fine, that’s the way it is — I’ll sit in an empty house and read a book till they come to install it. They made me choose three different installation slots. I chose Friday AM, PM and Monday.

And maybe I might wait in a little more comfort. I bought a sofa from an antique shop on Ebay. …

Steve Jackson

Single dad/lone parent. NGO comms homeworker. Hanoi resident.

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