It expained why such a simple page could be so slow on a poor connection.
Indeed. I adblock as much of Google as possible, and tend to use it as a default home page, or use a speed dial page.
For what it's worth, I tested Google and my own little site, and you might as well use it as a test for bandwidth (Plusnet responses aside). At a smidgen under 100k, it should be a good CTRL+F5 test page.
In other news, at 16:00-16:30hrs and at 16:55-17:25Hrs we've had power cuts here. Was typing this response when the second power cut kicked in. RIP my sync speeds for the last 18 hours.