The day for changing the 'dog car'. On the way to the garage, in the pouring rain, the VW develops a flat tyre. What are the chances of that ?
The Volvo garage staff in the little market town process the paperwork. This takes 45 minutes. French bureaucracy requires permits and conversations with the bank and the insurance company. Angus is lectured at length about the necessity of linking his i-Phone to the onboard SoS system. The instructions go in one ear and out the next. Finally, everything is in order and the saleslady is satisfied that Angus is not an uninsured money launderer. The staff cluster round as the manager whips the covers off the new car which has been parked beguilingly in a corner of the showroom. Everyone claps. This all seems a little over the top for the purchase of a baseline model in a metallic cold porridge paint finish and with wheel trims that scream ' you could have spent a little extra!'. 'The Font', displaying what only the initiated would recognize as Swedish humour,rises to the moment and announces to the assembled workforce ' Thank you. We shall be so, so happy !'. They beam.
Three things for a Saturday morning :
By the way if you're out tonight and the sky is clear look towards the moon. Off to the side is Mars . It won't be this close to earth for another 15 years.