Automation is creeping in everywhere. Even in the home one has things that wash up all the dishes, they switch on the fires at certain times, make the tea for you in the morning and so on. Well my wife's had a thing that does all this lot for years, Me! It's true. It's nothing to laugh at, John Snagge was on at me again this morning about my dishpan hands. However, Admiralty are about to be in even more trouble when automation comes to their records office. As the crew of Troutbridge find out.