Came back to my car to find an absence of air from starboard astern. Not good, when you have one of those cars whose only concession to this difficulty is a spray kit and a compressor. What do do? Where could I find a tyre repair place at 6 pm on a Saturday? But wait. The repair kit includes a compressor. The tyre wasn’t flat, so slow puncture. Does a 15 year old compressor still work?

Well, after a remarkably long time huffing and puffing and an equally remarkably loud noise, it succeeded in going from an alarming 0.8 bar to the advised 2 bar. Result! It even stayed inflated for the next hour so I could get home.

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