Except that there was no message. The beep was the phone telling my that it was on low battery.
What the hell? It said that it was charging when I plugged it in last night, and now the battery is nearly drained. Not cool. And yes, I made sure it was plugged in properly. And yes, the power was working. So at some point between last night and this morning my phone went stupid.
I walked into town to see if a local shop could help or at least explain. They could not. They suggest that I take the phone to the Vodaphone store in Nelson. Which, as I have no car and this is a holiday weekend, I won't be able to visit until Tuesday. Grand.
But! On leaving the store and walking up the street, I encountered a parade! Of bagpipers and drummers in kilts! Followed by vintage cars! That was fun.
So happy Queen's Birthday weekend, folks. What an odd feeling to be celebrating that.