It worked!Bought a netbook to access web when on my travels and brought it with me to the Festival of Quilts. The Hilton (where I'm staying ) charges £15 to access internet but thanks to Linda found there was BT Openzone in the foyer so currently on a comfy sofa tapping away. It will take me a while to get to grips with the tracker pad but I'll persevere.
Had a great couple of days in an excellent masterclass on composition with Elizabeth Barton and will be looking at the quilts in a whole new light when the doors open in an hour.
Will report back later.