Irony. Was asked to pull aside for nice chat to a fella from the ol' firm the other day. Heading down the coast friday afternoon when that morning, after topping up the coolant in the radiator my heater hose exploded into a fantastic expression of mangled and perished rubber. A few quick calls and I arranged to borrow the old man's Jazz - not my first preference but utilitarian enough. Knowing me for what I am he requested that I "take it easy on the car" to which I gave my word - and followed through on. As it happened on monday morning was heading to Canberra coming into Bungendore. I had just overtaken a slower car and kept it planted to have the pathetic engine push me over the hill. Lo and behold over the rise was none but good sir PC Whoever who thought I was being much too unsafe, not to mention could prove that I was traveling a whole 17km/h above the posted limit. A discussion followed about his refusal to follow the standard practice of closing eyes to anything less than 20-25 over - particularly on a country highway. His main reply focussed on the official (didn't actually use that word but from the way he said it, it came out like that) application of a 10% tolerance plus 3km/h for radar error. Now, I know that you're never going to have that given to you in writing with a signature and date on the page, but that's what the bloke said. So, in one word, Irony. Irony that of the whole weekend the only time I went above more than 10 over I had a blue car with disco lights coming the other way. Irony that I found what seems to be the only cop out in rural country (and in many instances urban area) that will fine for less than 20 over, and finally irony that if I had my car I would have been traveling at least a solid 140 instead. Sometimes I don't know whether to laugh or to cry - I think I got a good deal out of this one though.