I AM the first to confess that I am not up to date with all this new technology, although I use a computer out of necessity. I mean, when I started in journalism I hand wrote my copy and someone took it to the office in a cleft stick.

The first typewriter I used was not much better. It was a huge sit up and beg version that had a vicious way of trapping your fingers. So a keyboard and screen was an improvement that I learned to use and love.

However, I am not very good with all the other paraphernalia that the younger generation believe to be essential. I carry a mobile phone, for instance, but only for emergencies and it’s rarely switched on.

I don’t know how to send or receive text messages and have no intention of learning. I mean, what’s the point of a text message? It's like slipping someone a note in class when the teacher isn't looking.

But even I had heard about the iPad. Clever bit of kit, I was told, that is much in demand by the cognoscenti So I was surprised when John Langford sent me this picture of one.

“If you are interested in getting an iPad I can get hold of them through a mate,” he said.

“The numbers are limited and he has 20 iPads going for less than half price. It’s first come first served. He has already sold one so you can see what you are getting. They are from a cancelled NHS contract due to the cutbacks. Get back to me as quick as you can if you want one.”

So if anyone fancies a piece of new technology, contact John.