The family is in the middle of buying a car (not my favourite activity!).

My son, who has organised everything, told me that we needed to go to the Office which issues the licence plate for the car.

We went this morning and, as I had certain other things to do, wanted to be in and out as early as possible.

The office was supposed to open at 8.00 a.m.

We arrived at 7.55 a.m.

Only to find that, this being Switzerland, SIX other people were ahead of us in the queue!

We had to go to one window to hand in papers et al, and then to another window to actually collect the licence plates.

However, we were out of the office at 8.02 a.m., licence plates in hand.

Long live Swiss efficiency!

Prabhu Guptara