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I hate this shift.
When the alarm sounds at 2.15 a.m. I rise immediately, shower quickly, dress and leave, because I report for work at 3 o’clock, and to be late is unacceptable.
With the rest of the team, I am given my instructions, which are basically the same every time; only the details are different but, as they say, the devil is in the detail.
With meticulous care, I put on my uniform.
The team is well-drilled, well-organised, so our departure time varies, depending on our destination, to ensure that we always arrive at 3.55.
I breathe deeply and, at precisely 4 a.m., I kick in the door.