Just in case anyone else falls for this:

On page 204 there is a section at the bottom half of the page called 'Reloading the Rails Console'.

It comes AFTER the section that starts '
Code:
v = Vote.find(:first)
' just above it.

The problem is that this will fail unless you do a reload! as discussed.

These two section should be the other way round, else you get stuck!

cheers, Dave Porter