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Easy solution to net conundrum

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Most of us at work have some kind of connection to the Web.

Some practices forbid use of the office e-mail. Others say it's fine. Yet others wobble. One big operation I know asks you not to do e-mail too much because the whole shambling system - which resembles more than anything the last tottering, debauched stages of the Byzantine empire - will fall over permanently. This operation has shaven-headed controllers in deep cellars checking the propriety of each message, who press the delayeverything button when they go for coffee. Or so it seems.

Anyway, the defining moment came when budget airline EasyJet abandoned telephone booking in favour of an all-Internet system. As one of my fellow coal-facers points out, if you don't have internet access at home you have little choice other than to book your holidays at work. So the question is: 'If your practice doesn't want you to use its internet system, shouldn't it pay for you to have it at home?'

I'm all for that.They expect you to play on the five-a-side every Saturday afternoon for nothing, so the least they can do is install the Web back at the flat. But I'm afraid all that your partner/director will say to you is that Toyo Ito's architects never take even one-day holidays, and if your sense of company loyalty is so poor you can just bugger off to one of Stelios's EasyInternet, or whatever his cafes in the high street are called, and book from there.

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