The story of my trip:
it started out just like any other morning, i was heading back to coventry with my brother in tow. 40 minutes till the train leaves, everything's going fine, just finishing our last minute packing.
Suddenley remember we might need our tickets, i glanced at the tickets and realised that my brother couldn't leave for coventry for another 2 weeks according to the tickets. PANIC
Drove off to a manned station, to fix our tickets. tickets fixed. no more problems. 25 minutes left in which to get to our correct station. Tried to start the car, tried again. Then when the engine gave out on us. PANIC
Decide engine might be flooded, so we floored the accelerator to fix it. YAY the engine starts. 20 minutes left. Take a big calm breath and back out of the car parking space. We paused to gather our bearings and check we had turning space to leave the car park. i notice reversing lights on the car behind us and calmly told my mum to hit the horn. Mum thinks i'm joking about. Reversing lights get nearer. Slightly more agitated "HIT THE HORN". Hit the horn, no response. Hit it again and they replied with a sickening jolt and a dent in the back of our car. Are they blind and deaf?
Get out of the car and other driver begins accusingly with "were you reversing?" whereupon we reply with "no, we weren't moving, you were reversing! SILENCE
They give us all their details and we jump back in the car. 15 minutes to go. Drove to station, tried to turn the car around in the station car park and scraped the bottom of the car on ridiculously shallow indent in the floor. We need more ground clearance.
Jump out of the car and our mum now has 30 minutes to get to her next destination after she picks up our sister.
meanwhile we made it with 1 minute to spare.
CONCLUSION: Somebody high up was doing everything they could to stop us getting here.