...Oh alright, perhaps that is going a bit far.
Nevertheless, a miracle has happened.
After a sleepless night, I went to my favourite computer palace which is full of lovely young geeky boys, who have somehow avoided the stereotypical "the customer is always wrong" behaviour which is beaten into everyone else with a business here.
One of them removed my battery and leaned on my starter for a couple of minutes to drain off any remaining charge. Then he plugged me in, and "Lo, let there be light", and there was!
When the speaker had fallen on the laptop, it had landed exactly in the middle of the keyboard, and the keys must have absorbed the energy of the fall. No lasting damage...
I hope the same can be said for me.
The girl who head-buts came into the music lesson in the morning , for the last five minutes. She took off her socks amicably, came to where I was sitting on the floor playing the Indian harmonium and took my hands off the instrument, holding them to her feet. I stood up and told her that the lesson was over, and in a lightning strike she had my left fore arm just behind the wrist between her clenched jaws and gave me quite a nasty bite. When I had prised her off, my fingers were tingling, so I had to go through the rigmarole of declaring the incident as an "accident de travail" in case there are any serious consequences to my hand. This involved reams of paperwork and sitting in accident and emergency for two hours at lunchtime.
It is quite shocking to be attacked out of the blue like that, and it made me think yet again about the "defend yourself" problem. When it is so quick, there is no time for anything but automatic reflexes to function. Violent retaliation, I am pleased to say, is not one of my reflexes. However, she should know better than to attack a singer, because we are professional voice users. She wont forget that shouting in a while!
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