Car Mechanics (UK) - - Your Letters -

I love be­ing old. I can re­lax now and not make any real ef­fort to think. How­ever, what I do know is that the man at num­ber 18 is the cause of all our en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems. He drives a five-year-old Mercedes-benz diesel. All the ships, lor­ries, diesel trains, vans and buses that belch out black smoke are not the prob­lem, it’s him at num­ber 18.

He’s a nice enough bloke. He told me the Merc was a present to him­self on re­tire­ment and would be the last car he buys. He said he bought it be­cause of the good MPG and low emis­sions. As he has grand­chil­dren, he wanted to do the right thing.

He told me this at the bus stop. His grand­chil­dren have con­vinced him it’s more en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly to use the bus. We live in the coun­try, so I waited with him in the rain for 45 min­utes un­til the bus came. I couldn’t wave good­bye be­cause the cloud of black smoke from the 25-yearold bus started a cough­ing fit.

Steve Darbin

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