I guess I was hoping that on the offchance, someone had a spare set lying around for a rainy day and I could get a set quicker than through the usual suspects.
But yes, I've come to that conclusion. Annoying really .
There is a Pirtek-esque supplier near me. If they are open on Thursday and can make up a braided set on the same day, that may be my best bet, short of calling up ECAS or 2CV City on the 2nd January and begging them to send a set out pronto via Special Delivery.
I'm tempted to risk one of my secondhand ones, but changing them if they fail will involve stripping down the engine cowling and thus the manifold again