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Monday, May 5

My Misfortune (again!)

The other day I was following an outside-lane-policeman* and there was a large tick.  Once my surprise had subsided I noticed a large star-shaped chip in the middle of my windscreen.  Grrr.  

This was all the more unfortunate because it is slowly making friends with the other chip, in the top left of the same windscreen.  I was getting away with chip 1 because it's outside the wipered area, but chip 2 was right between the eyes.  I am a pretty unlucky driver.  In the first couple of weeks of being on the road I managed to do a 180 in my car, change all the tyres, get a slow puncture (in a new tyre, natch) and now this.  Sheesh.

* Outside-lane-policepeople decide, on your behalf, that 65mph is plenty (thankyouverymuch) and that they are going fast enough.  It gives them great pleasure to engage in a slow-traffic crusade by seeing you in their mirror, yet refusing to use the entirely empty middle / inside lane, thereby trapping you in outside-lane exile.  The only solutions are 1) be on a motorbike so you can rapidly undertake them and be on your way or 2) to press the hidden "laser" switch on your dashboard, vapourising their car in a flash and a puff of smoke.  A quick squirt of the windscreen washers should clear any residue.


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