STAFF on a training day were given a cruel flicker of hope when a PowerPoint presentation malfunctioned.
For a few seconds it appeared that the bedraggled individuals watching a 120-slide presentation on corporate responsibility were going to be allowed to walk free after slide 45.
Tom Logan said: “Suddenly we were on the final slide, which summarised everything in bullet points.
“I started to imagine the sunlight, the sound of birds, nobody to make you brainstorm community projects with the person sat next to you.”
As a hum of relieved conversation begun in Conference Room 9B, the dream was cruelly snatched away and the PowerPoint began again, repeating three slides that had already been covered.
Course leader Stephen Malley said: “I always know that I’ve done a good job because nobody ever has any further questions.”