15 February, 2011
A very quiet anniversary
And everything doubled in price over night. Exactly as I warned them it would do when we got the Euro forced on us here.
Something that was sixpence (2,5 (decimal Pence), became 6 (new) pence.
They were very carefull though, both there and here.
They could not get away with doubling the price of a new Mercedes, but when it came to a can of beer that WAS one Mark, overnight, it was 1 Euro. At two Marks to the Euro.
In the 70s it was so much worse, because then a lot of things WERE actualy PENCE to buy.
Apparently all the oil sheikhs would be horribly confused and would immediately move all their ill-gotten gains into CHF and USD.
The poundites won the argument, and in consequence 3/11d became the cheap-sounding 19½p rather than the easily comparable 39c.