Life is a journey, apparently.
In which case, I'm experiencing a perfect storm of RMT strikes, fog, French air traffic controllers, leaves on the line and an overheight vehicle in the Blackwall Tunnel.
This journey once seemed so simple, but now I worry about my vehicle. Its mileage is creeping up, it looks shabby and unremarkable.
Maybe I need an overhaul (servicing seems too double an entendre!)
Now it's first and neutral, creeping forward with no SatNav, lost on a jammed backstreet.
I'm worried my head gasket might fail - the gauges are creeping higher into the red.
Disaster looms ominously.