Saturday, January 12, 2013
Cruise Control and Les Miserables
Cruise control in the big 4x4 gives up the ghost. The dealer provides a ' courtesy car ' while it's being fixed. An eleven year old Rover ' Streetwise ' with 170,000 k's on the clock. The clutch has a kick like a mules. Brakes like a sponge. All in all an unforgettable driving experience. Why are courtesy cars always dire ?
Home to find Madame Bay's ' Wild Child ' voiturette parked in the drive . She's at the breakfast table nursing a large cup of coffee while carefully examining the cinema schedule in the local paper :
Texas Chainsaw 3D
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Madame Bay announces that she will take the granddaughters to see Les Miserables. '' You can't beat a good French movie ". In these parts Russell Crowe clearly an honorary Frenchman. Sometimes its simply easier to agree.
The big 4x4 is ready for collection in the afternoon. '' Monsieur. We've reset the cruise control computer. You'll find it's working just fine now " says the unsmiling young man at reception. On the motorway home it's soon apparent that it isn't.