Thursday, 30 October 2008 The taxi arrives promptly at 4:00am to take me to the airport. Change in Amsterdam, and settle in for
the long flight to Detroit. Cloudy over the UK, and eastern Canada, too, but the cloud cover opens up as we enter Ontario airspace.
I have a three-hour layover in Detroit, which seems excessive until I'm on the ground. It takes an hour and a half just to clear customs.
We fly east over Lake Erie, and in the twilight, I have a view of Buffalo, the Niagara River, Hamilton, and the north shore of Lake Ontario. I thought I'd be able to see Toronto, but it's lost in the smog--not even a glint off the Rogers Centre. See the Finger Lakes, Syracuse, Albany, and finally Springfield on the way in to BDL. Bobby meets me at the airport, and we pull into the driveway at 8:00pm EDT, some twenty hours from the taxi's pickup in Edinburgh. It's been a long day, and it seems a very long time since I delivered three slats to Audrey. It's good to be home.
Criminal Justice Fixed Penalty Unit
Newcastle upon Tyne
13 November 2008
Mr Tattie Heid
The Midden Heap
Dear Mr Heid
Safety Camera Offence
Reference Number Cxxxxxxxx
1 October 2008
With reference to information received in the Fixed Penalty Unit regarding the above Safety Camera Offence.
Following consideration into this matter, it has been decided that a written warning is an appropriate course of action in these circumstances. However the details of the offence have been recorded.
No further action will be taken in this instance; however the same lenient steps will not be taken in the future.