Stand Clear!


“No. Keep trying.”

“It’s charging.”

“There’s no output.”

“It’ll work. Keep going.”

“Okay, stand clear.”

<Clunk clunk clunk>

“Okay, it’s charging again.”

“There’s still no output.”

“Are those contacts on properly?”

“I’ll do them again, two secs.”



“How’s that?”

“We have something! Try again.”

“Okay, charging… Stand clear.”

<Clunk clunk clunk>

“Again. Stand clear.”

<Clunk clunk… Brrrrrrrrrrrrr>

“It’s alive!”

When we got to our vehicle, it was dead, the battery completely flat. Cue much fiddling with a boost starter, trying to jump-start this huge truck, and many attempts to start the engine.  After about six goes we noticed there was a load of rubbish around the battery contacts, and so I had a play, trying to get a decent contact. It started straight away the next time.

We joked about having to defibrillate the bus for the rest of the night, to the general amusement of the first aid post staff.

Yes, we’re sad…


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About The WalkingPlasterDispenser

So who is the Walking Plaster Dispenser? Well, I'm a volunteer First Aider, working with a well-known First Aid charity to help out random people I've never met before (or, more usually, when) they hurt themselves. This typically involves walking briskly (never run...) around after people who are silly enough to do sports or some other suitably daft activity in their free time. In my spare time, I am a graduate engineer, working my way through a graduate scheme with a big engineering company.

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