It should have been oh so simple…

Give Caroline a lift to her sister’s house and then head off to take a look around for a new desk.

Simples? You might think so – but…

I forgot Keith’s Rule 51a (the rules aren’t written down anywhere so I do keep forgetting them from time to time).

And what does Rule 51a state?

Don’t even think about going to IKEA when it’s the half-term school holidays!

I did manage to get into the car park, but couldn’t find a space.

One thing did spring to mind though – why do the drivers of 4×4/SUV vehicles insist on trying to get them into gaps that aren’t there?

Mind you, when I went to the supermarket after finally exiting IKEA’s car park, I did see one bloke trying to park a gunmetal grey Aston Martin in one of the supermarket’s parking spaces.

My little hatchback got into its parking space in one move – the Aston took a few more.

Now if the driver had been called Bond, he may have done it at the first try!



About Keith Rickaby

Fiftysomething writer and occasional photographer who has worked in the tailoring trade and the outdoor/travel clothing, equipment and footwear game. Past lives include working as an outdoor instructor, managing three bands and doing PR work through an agency or my own contacts. Was a student in the mid-90s and whilst I'm originally from the North East, I'm now firmly based in't Yorkshire...
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