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This edition – Your editor Algernon ‘Oddball’ Headerbox has his say along with the usual piece from resident columnist ’Crackleport’, Sporting Hero’s of yesteryear from Gear Nasher and all the other usual and interesting stuff, as well as a postcard from America. Don’t forget I need all your news send them all to me at- ‘Pembletons are Go !’ 79 Providence Road, Sheffield S6 5BG or email algernonheaderbox@hotmail.com Number 34 – Algernon’s Own - Well another year on, old Algernon is getting older and wearier, and of course the dreaded MOT is due. We arranged a date to take Pootle for her test at my local station, the only one in my area, and then organise to have the afternoon off, tests can only be carried out during working hours Monday to Friday, great!!! So Friday afternoon it is then. As Friday dawned the weather was absolutely great, remember it is still only February, so off to work we go thinking of the afternoon when we can once again get Pootle out of her mothballs and make sure she is fit and ready for use, hopefully this year old Algy will get the time to use her not like last, a total waste of time. As the morning rolled on the weather started taking a turn for the worse, brilliant!!! And as the time approached to get Pootle out of the garage it was raining, light misty rain but steady, so on with the waterproofs and away to the test station. As we approached the station the heavens opened so for the ten minute wait I had to get her on the ramps she got absolutely drenched, so much so that when we put her on the ramps the tester would not go underneath at first due to all the water running off her and all the steam rising from the engine and exhausts. By this time old Algy is a bit rattled and the first question from the tester did not help, ‘not many miles on since last time, don’t you use this car or what??’ So on with the test, and then things started to get very perfunctory and cursory because it was obvious to a blind man on a galloping horse looking at a black cat in a cellar at midnight that there was nothing wrong with the old girl, a braking efficiency of 110% on the front brakes and even 75% on the handbrake, so at this point the examination almost stopped and the lovely ticket was written out. It is the first time that old Algy had had a smile in a situation like this, must be getting soft in my old age! After we had completed the transaction, payment and all, old Algy was in such a good mood that despite the rain, which by this time was bucketing down, he pulled on his waterproofs, fired up Pootle, drove out of the test station and pointed her nose out up the valley into the countryside beyond and we batted on up the country lanes for an hour before we finally and reluctantly headed for the Lodge and home, where she was put in her garage, cursorily wiped over to remove most of the road muck and damp and left to sit gently clicking away until the weekend when she will be given a thorough going over before being cosseted and wrapped up again until next month when hopefully the sun will be shining and we can start a year of blissful motoring along the country lanes just down from Algernon’s Lodge Keep on Pembling Algernon

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