Notes from St Tiggywinkles: It’ll be alright on the night ... thanks to two Tims

Les Stocker gave his talk at Stoke Mandeville Spinal Injuries Unit
Les Stocker gave his talk at Stoke Mandeville Spinal Injuries Unit

I don’t get out to give many talks but just recently I went along to the Spinal Injuries Unit at Stoke Mandeville to give a short discourse that I had titled, “It’ll be alright on the night.”

And how appropriate it turned out to be.

The main thrust of the talk was a Powerpoint slideshow of some of the hiccups I had met while dealing with wild animals.

It all started off so well. In the afternoon I went over to the unit with Tim from our office in order to slot my laptop and its Powerpoint onto the AV system.

Tim knew all the plugs to pull and which buttons to press and Hey Presto! a slide talk that I was sure would have its moments.

On the evening Tim had to attend a fundraising ‘do’ for the Trust in Haddenham. I was on my own. No problem.

With half an hour to spare I arrived to set up my gear. As Tim had directed all the relevant leads went to all the relevant equipment.

Press the Go! Button. Nothing. Nothing whatsoever. I tried again. Still nothing. There was nothing for it but to revert to the home computer. In went the memory stick. A short wait and then nothing.

It was getting near time. I was panicking as my audience started to arrive. It was getting louder and louder. Mind you, by then I had worked out how to struggle through the talk with no pictures.

Another Tim from the front of the audience came to the rescue.

By then I had lost the memory stick.

Somehow we managed to write another one on my, otherwise useless, laptop.

Tim got it all up and running. Phew!