A primed and ready MM reporter sporting pens and notebooks in every pocket found herself foiled as she tried to reach the Standard Life annual general meeting in Edinburgh on Tuesday.
After reaching the airport in plenty of time to allow for every possible eventuality, the flight was then delayed for 40 minutes, which was no sweat for a well-prepared journalist.
After finally being installed on the flight and ready for take-off, said reporter, still in a reasonably relaxed frame of mind, started banging her head against the aircraft window in frustration when the cheerful pilot called over the loud speaker that the pre-flight check had revealed a large piece of rubber missing off its tyre and that KwikFit was being called in for a speedy repair.
Kwik-Fit did not live up to its name in this instance and a red-faced and puffing MM reporter was left to race into an already under way AGM, shedding pens and notebooks in every direction.
What we go through in the line of duty.