Nippies, the normally demur and calm lady sales assistants at Lyons teashops, were left bewildered and flustered across the country today, due to an error by the Electronic Brain at the Data Processing Centre in Lyons HQ in London.
At the end of each day, teashop manageresses phone into the DP centre orders for tea, milk and buns they need for the next day. The Electric Brain, or LEO as it is called, then sends instructions to the bakeries and warehouses for these orders to be sent out to the teashops. This was all running smoothly until the introduction of new technology.
Introduced at the 1961 Data Processing Expo at Olympia, the punched card can store a massive eighty pieces of information, much more than that used by LEO's mercury pond memory system. Lyons have now converted their systems to make use of this marvel of modern technology.
Then disaster struck at around midnight last night when Professor Higgins, a DP Operations Executive, dropped all the cards onto the floor, then spilt his tea over them. He hurriedly put them back together and fed them back into the Electronic Brain's Input Hopper Device. The shambles felt at the teashops is the result as orders have been all mixed up.
Professor Higgins didn't turn up for work today, and is not answering any telegrams at his home in the leafy suburb of Morden.