Uncle Charlie and the Burning Car by Gordon Lawrie

Uncle Charlie really had a bit of a chequered career with cars.

Near the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace, there’s a lovely area called the Queen’s Park that contains Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh’s highest point, a dramatic rockface called Salisbury Crags, and several lochs and ponds. A road runs alongside one of the ponds, serving as a major thoroughfare for cars journeying to the city’s east side.

One afternoon, Uncle Charlie was driving through the park when he noticed smoke coming from his car’s bonnet. Thinking quickly, he averted the imminent danger – by driving his car straight into the duck pond.


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