Unfortunately, this does mean that Betty and Noreen end up taking the occasional peculiar 'phone call from our occasional peculiar librarians. The council's increasingly flaky internet connection fell over earlier than usual this morning, leading to this conversation between Noreen and Lettie at Dutch Bend:
It amuses me to hear librarians moaning that they're not allowed to take authority and make decisions.
"Is Kevin in?"
"He'll be in in about ten minutes. Do you want me to take a message?"
"I was on the internet when I clicked a link and the screen said I wasn't allowed to access this web site because it was deemed unsuitable by the IT Section. So I tried going back and I got the same message. Who are these people to say that I'm not allowed on the internet."
"Oh dear. I know this one. It's what usually happens when the internet connection goes down at lunchtime."
"But it says I'm not allowed on the internet."
"Do you want me to take a message and get Kevin to get back to you?"
"Why have they banned me from using the internet?"
"The connection's gone down. I could get Kevin to report it to the help desk if you want."
"Can't I report it to the help desk."
"If you want. Or, you could wait ten minutes and have Kevin do it for you."
"Are you telling me I can't report it to the help desk myself?"
"No. I'm just saying that if you don't want to, you can wait ten minutes and talk to Kevin about it."
"So I am able to report it to the help desk."
"If you want to."
"Well, what should I do then?"
"Perhaps you want to report it to the help desk."
"Are you saying I'm allowed to do that?"
"If that's what you decide you want to do..."