HOW windy was it in Melbourne today? Gusty enough to have stopped a pair of par putts in their tracks, each just a centimetre or two shy of the cup. And to blow a paling out of the old, rotten fence beneath the olive tree. On top of that, the northerly may have done something to the local broadband, which disconnected the Billabong from the modern world around noon, about the same time a plastic yard chair went skating past the study's window. It is back now. More posting soonish.