Singapore was a disaster. We paid a couple of dollars to use the computer and internet at our hotel and it was so slow, it was almost unusable. It is not what I expected in Singapore. I complained at the hotel desk, only to be brushed off with that it was that is was the company who maintains the systems problem. In fifteen minutes, I did manage to check some home email.
As mentioned, London internet was fine in the Arab area of Edgware Road.
I tried at the library at Hexham, but it was closing time on the Saturday. It was suggested to try the hotel up the street that had been advertising internet access. After some misunderstanding, I realised it was wireless access only for a laptop. The price was ridiculously high anyway.
R's sister L and bro in law D had both a desk top and a lap top and I did spend a bit of time on them, but they were a bit slow. Maybe I am spoilt with cable. The worst part is, they would not leave them on and it took both units about ten minutes to start up. I blame the evil bloatware Norton.
I had a second try at the Hexham library, but it was closed on this particular weekday. A third try was more productive with a card issued and a payment of a pound for each time we used it.
Where were all the net cafes? Well, there was one in Little India in Singapore that we used at a very cheap price. But that and the London one were the only ones I saw throughout the whole holiday.
I did come across plenty of wireless internet access points and I don't think I would ever travel again overseas without a wireless lap top, if only for Google Maps, but heaps of other reasons too. It would be fair to say that my life is very dependant on the internet.