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On the rails

A phone call to an Alfa Romeo service agent (my nearest is 65 miles away) results in a quotation of £230 plus VAT (20%) just to fix my broken door handle. The part, the handle alone, is £126 and it is not gold-plated. In fact, it is clearly quite fragile. As am I.

That is more than one month’s income, at the current rate of progress. Half of everything I have left in the bank, that is not a red figure. There is one more week until Christmas. The weather has turned overnight from minus 3 deg., brilliant sunshine and frost, to rain, deep gloom and a southerly blast.

I rail against the Gods.


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