I am alive. I have had problems with Skype, and uninstalling/reinstalling led to more. I'll hopefully be at someone's house tonight with a stable enough connection to properly redownload Skype and install again. My Galway internet comes, as you know, in the form of a USB stick and is saddeningly slow.
If you have a smart phone in 'Stralia you should get Kik, I have it and it's a kinda text-alternative to Skype since I haven't been able to get online for.. yonks. Otherwise no worries, just catch you round when I can.