It appears I have been unsetting the alarm on the car each time I've locked it ever since we had it (nearly five years). I am convinced that Husband told me to press the lock button twice otherwise why would I have done it in the first place? Obviously he denies this.
We only discovered this yesterday when reading the manual to find out how to unset the alarm while leaving George in the car while we went into B&Q.
Anyway, Mini hasn't been stolen so no harm done.
On a similar but separate note, I was driving home from work today when a car coming up the hill went flash-flash-flash-flash-flash. Now following a similar incident a while ago I now know that this can mean one of three things:
a) that the driver knows you;
b) that you are approaching a police speed camera;
c) that the driver is taking part in a gang initiation ceremony and if I flash back he will be obliged to kill me. (I owe that little gem to Facebook.)
Today I ruled out a) as I'm pretty certain I didn't recognise the car, although that is placing quite a reliance on my brain, and c) because Mayals is an awfully nice part of Swansea and unlikely to be visited by potential gang members. Although thinking about it they may be more likely to come where they think the residents won't be wise to their tricks. But I didn't flash back just in case. Leaving me with b).
So I made sure I stayed within the speed limit (30), which I would do anyway, of course, but it is difficult when you're going down a hill. Tra la la I crawled down the hill but without spotting a police camera van. Until I got almost to the junction at the bottom. Where cars going down had to stop in order to wait for a gap in slow-moving oncoming traffic so they could pull out to get around the police van.
If it were intended as a revenue-raiser it would have been a disaster, however, as a traffic-slower it was highly effective.