This little device – a FreeLoader solar recharger – should be worth its weight in gold en route; it will hopefully keep the mobile phone topped up with energy without the need to stick it into the mains. It also encourages me to take the i-pod touch with me; this might be useful if I can get anywhere with Wi-Fi access… An i-phone of course would combine the two devices into one. I am eligible for a free update on the 17th July of all days (the day before I go) but really won’t have the time to spend fiddling with a new gadget with just hours to go. I spoke to Orange yesterday to see if there was any flexibility on their upgrade date and there isn’t 🙁 Unless I stump up £50 for an early upgrade fee. As if I am not a good customer!!