"The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.” (Wikipedia)
Here’s our budgie, Pippin, putting this to the test (for monkey, read, budgie) at Christmas 1993. It’s not a typewriter of course, because we had moved on to computers by then. The computer itself almost dates the picture, as it’s an Amstrad PC and a rather clunky keyboard, typical of the times. I’ve sepiarised them for fun and because the picture quality is so poor.
Pippin also helped me out when, during my first Headship, I brought a school computer home to prepare some work for the children (no laptops then). That’s not the result of his efforts on the screen however.
To distract him my son placed one of Pippin’s toys on top of the computer, so that I could get on with some lesson preparation in peace.
Pippin was very inquisitive and would ‘help’ with any activity the family were involved in. ‘Pippin Helping’ became a family catch phrase. He would ‘help' with jigsaws, by turning over all the pieces back to the blank side. He would ‘help' by grabbing my sewing needle and trying to pull the thread through.
He would ‘help’ my daughter by tidying her hair ribbons and ensuring she hit the right notes in her recorder playing.
What he wasn’t very good at was helping with any writing. He never wrote a report or assisted with homework. No matter how many keyboards he was allowed to run along, he never produced anything worthy of a mention.
He certainly inspired us all to write our own memories when he died in August 2000. He’d been part of the family for ten years and his antics were a source of joy to us all.