Friday, August 26, 2005

Vorsprung Durch Technik (reprise)


On my way to a customer, the rear nearside break started to make grating noises as though there were no pads in the calipers. Furthermore, the EMS said "service in 600 miles". Time to get the car serviced, I thought. It was a bit of a rush job, but I managed to get the car booked in to Reading Audi for Thursday.


At lunch time the service man from Reading Audi rang me up to say that there was some work required on the car and did I have a pen and paper handy. Nobody from any garage has ever asked me that before so I knew it was serious. The extent of the damage was:

All of that, together with the service (a big one) cost me a cool £1,690. That's right: one thousand six hundred and ninety of your finest English pounds, or rather my finest English pounds.

I did get a free valet.


It's 6.30am and I'm about to leave home to go to Nottingham. When I turn on the engine it sounds like a biscuit tin being rattled with a lot of ball bearings inside. Not only that, but the funny yellow light that nobody knows what it is meant to be but is probably quite serious is on. I abort my trip to Nottingham and revisit Reading Audi instead.

And here I sit waiting drinking Audi coffee and waiting for them to fit the cam belt properly.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

A bit stupid

I've just read this story about a teenager who was in court for a bomb hoax. The facts, as reported by the BBC, seem to be that teenager 1 sent teenager 2 a text message to get their flight delayed by raising a false alarm over a bomb hoax.

Teenager 1 said that it was all meant as a joke, but what amazes me is that teenager 2 was atually stupid enough to go through with the 999 call. Unfortunately, the story says nothing about what happened to teenager 2. I'd suspect a prison sentence is on the horizon.

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