Diary: Stormy weather has IPR singing a song of sorrow as e-mail goes down

The IPR faced a double setback over the bank holiday weekend earlier this month.

The IPR faced a double setback over the bank holiday weekend

earlier this month.



Staff returning to work after their break found the power was cut after

their London headquarters was hit by lightning. Crucial services such as

telephone, fax and data processing went down during the storm which has

caused chaos across the country.



Eerily, just as her HQ was being electrocuted, IPR head of marketing and

PR Ann Mealor was kicked by a horse at her parents’ farm.



Mealor, a keen horserider, was injured coaxing the horse into its

transport box when the lightning struck. The animal kicked her in the

chest and face. With a broken jaw, she does not expect to be back at

work until next week.



Facilities other than e-mail and access to databases have been restored

at the IPR office. However, director General Colin Farrington’s recent

efforts to switch to a paperless office have been put back by several

years.



’We realised we couldn’t operate without having paper records,’ he

says.



’We had to go round and actually talk to each other instead of sending

e-mails,’ he adds.



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