Apparently there used to be a joke at the BBC about how over funded everything was – “Where’s the stapler?” “Sorry, it’s his day off.”
Now Radio 4 listeners have been treated to a lengthy explanation about why there were no pips at 5pm the other day. They’re generated by a computer which failed. So did the backup computer. Engineers spent hours on the case and finally got everything back to normal by 8pm.
Does it say something about the BBC that no-one thought to avoid listener hassle and just use a recording of pips? I think I might have a BBC sound FX CD with them on somewhere. Or, hold on, there are at least a week’s worth (168) successful past pippings available on the hugely expensive “listen again” machinery, if they’re really stuck..???
No, our machine has died and those are the only official pips allowed, and we don’t want any fake pips “pipsgate” scandals, so we’ll interrupt the news to tell you about all this.
PS, sorry for not getting round to telling you that salad is potentially lethal until yesterday, we were really busy with stuff like this.