Thursday, September 27, 2007

Wireless in Bury St Edmunds

Blogging Live from....SoBar

So, here I am as promised... blogging live from one of Bury St Edmund's newest Wi-Fi Hotspots, the SoBar Cafe on the corner of Hatter Street and Langton Place.

For the uninitiated, Wi-Fi is the technology which enables mobile devices such as laptops to remotely log onto the Internet. In the UK, there has been a steady increase of venues offering Wi-Fi access to customers.

These venues have become popularly known as Hotspots
and are becoming widespread in towns and cities. In fact, the city of Norwich, only an hour's drive from Bury, has become a pioneer of the technology by providing free Wi-Fi access to wireless users through 200 antennae that have been installed across the city. It has become known as a giant Hotspot, which sadly has led to a Wi-Fi health scare, while experts research the risks associated with the use of the technology on such grand scale.

However, here in Bury St Edmunds, Wi-Fi Hotspots are emerging on a much smaller scale, but all the same, these relatively new facilities are indicative of the wider picture.

Accessing the Internet in SoBar this morning was free and painless, even for a non-techy. The router was already available and once my laptop had been booted-up, I was shown a list of networks I could select. After selecting the SoBar network, it connected within seconds with no password required.

So, here I am, sat enjoying a latte in the comfort of a cafe-bar rather than sat at my desk at home.
The recent extension to include cafe facilities is a welcome addition to Bury St Edmunds, helping to create the cafe culture which so many residents would like to see in Bury.



There is the opportunity to sit outside, but with the rain pouring down I am not tempted today. Instead, on a day like today, the comfortable sofa with the gentle music playing in the background is a far more attractive option.


I like this space. It is an interesting venue, with unique furniture that I love.


I also like the fact that they serve lunch, offering a healthy menu of jacket potatoes and sandwiches. It is reassuringly inexpensive rather than a member of "rip-off Britain", with a jacket potato starting at £2.00 plus 75p for a filling.


So...guess where I will be staying for the next hour or so!

And what about next week...We are lucky to have a fine choice of venues in Bury, so I will be able to take my pick from one of these (which also offer free access)....



So remember where you saw this first and if you have a Wi-Fi laptop and a free spirit, why not come and join in...!



20 Comments:

Nigella said...

Ooooh how exciting, well done you girls flying the flag for technology!!! Sadly I am shackled by a teething toddler and have pink cupcakes to make, otherwise I would be tempted to join you!! xx

MarkG said...

The Fox isn't far from my office, so maybe next week I'll have to drag my laptop along to join you. It may even encourage me to try and post more on my blog!

florries mum said...

That is some size of a baked potato. Was it oven-baked or microwave-baked? I think there's a big taste difference, but looks yummy anyway. Glad to see you enjoying yourself for the sake of research-wish I was there instead of working.

Alex said...

This looks like a mighty fine hangout.

Nigella said...

Florries Mum - those baked in the aga and sprinkled with salt are the best, yum!! ;)

Ruby in Bury said...

Nigella, you're sounding more and more like the real Nigella with every comment.

Anonymous said...

It is the best Hang out in Bury St Edmunds! With the great staff Pam and Lloyd.

21st Century Mummy said...

Hi Nigella - us blogging babes know how to lunch you know. Ruby is right about your other persona...it's the pink cupcakes that give it away...that sounds like a typical naughty comment from Nigella Express ;-D

Hi MarkG - It would be great to meet up...but if it were The Fox next week, that would definitely remove the element of surprise. IMaybe it will be The Fox...maybe it won't. It could be the Fox on a different day...who knows? (We'll let you know - but don't tell anyone) ;-D

Hi Florries mum. I wish you were there too...beats real work (sshh - don't tell 21st C Dad). As for the potato - I don't really know. I assumed it was baked as it tasted very nice - it had the look of baked, but it arrived very quickly. I'll just ask next time.

Hi Alex - nice to "meet" you, thanks for popping by. SoBar is a great place. I've been there a few times now and is becoming a favourite haunt of mine... Everyone I have met there seems great, including customers and staff. I've never seen any nasty drunks or rowdy yobs and for someone like me who normally prefers restaurants than bars, it is a very pleasant place to meet up with some of my more cultured friends. In the day-time it becomes a cafe, so it offers the best of both worlds really.

Hi Anonymous - Thanks too for stopping by...you are SO right. I met Lloyd today and he's great.

BTW Should Lloyd be reading these comments, thank you for the excellent service and for allowing me and Ruby to "hang-out" for so long.

MarkG said...

Do I get to be an honorary Blogging Babe for the day when we meet up at what may or may not be The Fox on a day that may or not be the right day?

Or will the lunch now be opened to Blogging Blokes (who seem to be a minority in Blogging Bury)

(Now somehow that makes the word 'blogging' sound quite rude.)

21st Century Mummy said...

Hi Mark - ROFL. You can definitely be the first blogging bloke and we will see you there, wherever there is and whenever it may be. And you are right...blogging does sound a bit rude ;-D

Ruby in Bury said...

The word "blogroll" (list of linked bloggers) is quite bad too ;-)

Nigella said...

Ruby and 21stCM, LOL, Mr Nigella is loving the sauciness and innuendo of the real Nigellas Fast Food on BBC2. Although I do try, I tend to be messy rather than sexy when licking a spoon covered in hot tomato and basil sauce, and as for eating cold lamb chops wrapped in parma ham from the fridge after a night out on the vino, the image of me is def somewhat different to that of the lovely Ms Lawson. Ill let your imaginations form the picture....

florries mum said...

Nigela, I haven't got an aga unfortunately, but I put olive oil on mine then sprinkle with rock salt and
put in the oven. I think that may have been a Delia suggestion, but maybe not.
21cm-so where do you meet your less-cultured friends? The Queens Head? Glad to see Ruby is among those you meet in SoBar-very cultured having lived in France etc.

21st Century Mummy said...

You're quite right Ruby - Blogroll always reminds me of toilet paper ;-)

LOL with you Nigella - I can picture that scene now. I was making Nigella's muffins this morning, I am sure she doesn't get down on her hands and knees rooting around in the depths of her cupboards looking for a muffin pan. Maybe if I had a tv camera aimed at me for much of the day I could adopt different tactics.

Hi Florries mum - mmmm that sounds delicious. BTW I don't have any friends in Bury who aren't cultured, but thanks for the tip if I should find some....yes and Ruby's experiences in France does put her quite firmly in the cultured category. ;-)

Jo Beaufoix said...

21st CM I am so jealous.
Must get wireless.
And I'd at east be in the same room as Mr B then.

21st Century Mummy said...

Jo - I can really recommend it! Wireless is the way forward for a blogging butterfly like me ;-D

UniBoy said...

Many thanks for this. After 3 days of downtime at home I popped out to the So Bar per your suggestion. G & T while working is so much more fun. Thankyou.

21st Century Mummy said...

Hi Uniboy - glad you had the perfect opportunity to get out into one of Bury's Wi-Fi venues. Thanks for the feedback, pleased to have helped. ;-D

Georgina said...

Thanks, it's really handy to know where the free wifi is.

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