What? he said. And I could see that he was busy; conflicted, in fact, trying to choose between watching The Politics Show, The Olympics or the Sunday morning repeat of Ice Road Truckers. Oh, you mean the free gifts you have to give out, he continued
No, Horsey, I said (smiling sweetly through gritted teeth because I knew that I wanted his help; and I could see that he knew that I knew that he knew that I wanted..you get the idea). It's a nice thank you for the readers and now we have to choose a winner.
How are you going to do that, then? He had brightened at that.
Well, I said, you can use a Random Number Generator to-
A RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR? You can't do that! It has to be illegal, he spluttered, you can't go round making new numbers when the ones we've already got are confusing enough at the best of times.
That's why we are going to pick a name out of the hat. Your hat, I interrupted quickly.
And, after a couple of false starts, that's what we did. I did catch him trying to pick like this: