Deliveries have started!

It’s been a hell of a 24 hours. We’ve been driving up and down the country meeting the people packaging and sending out the Raspberry Pis, doing masterclasses with kids, meeting and eating with our very excellent graphic designer Paul Beech (more meetings should involve bread and dripping, we think) and doing yet more filming with the BBC. We’re not sure when/if it’s being broadcast – we think we may have been bumped by a very photogenic story about a rapidly deflating hot-air balloon and some overhead power cables – but we did get some great pictures from the session with the children. I sincerely don’t know how you teachers do it. I found myself wanting to go and hide behind the whiteboard to do some heavy breathing halfway through the lesson just to get a respite from all the (very smart) questions we were being asked.

Eben shows the kids how to modify a game of Snake. We ended up with the guy sitting to Eben's right (our left) producing a lovely replica of The Matrix's falling green letters (he subsequently made his Dad late for an appointment - sorry, Dad). Some others introduced score counters, the boy Eben's with in the picture learned how to give the game a finish line - and a good time was had by all.

A few people have got their Raspberry Pis today, and more should be arriving on doorsteps on Monday. Serial production has begun, so the backlog should be cleared sooner than some of you were hoping, and we hope that this means that some time over the next week or so element14 and RS will be able to give you firmer delivery estimates than we’ve been able to generate so far.

And finally: how’s your Japanese? Mine’s non-existent, but I still think this is my favourite piece of TV coverage yet.