Bob, I find that Safari is also slow. It seems to be a problem with how the page is rendered while the stylesheets are being downloaded (so the page looks crap, jumps around, then looks OK). IIRC, it was reported here earlier.
IE/Win, OTOH, appears to load everything before rendering the page, so you're left with a disconcerting white page, then everything appears at once.
On dialup during the last 45 minutes, there have been random hiccups here, where nothing happens for a couple of seconds at a time, then all works well, then delay again. I can switch to another site and load a page, so it's not just my connection.