The car has its NCT on Thursday (an annual check of roadworthiness) and in preparation it went in for a service yesterday. Many repairs needed including four new tyres (someone, probably me having damaged the new tyre we got in May) and, of course, a new wing mirror. And it would have been €60 to spray the wing mirror so we decided against leaving it in scraped majesty. And we still have the scrape on the side of the car from Cork. Total bill for this imperfect result? €1,830. Though, I suppose, as they used to say on the old Mastercard ad, total value of staying alive while in the car? Priceless. Just as well I’m going back to work all the same.