Sunday, 26 August 2012
THIRTEEN POUNDS IS JUST THE TICKET
Thirteen pounds. Not a huge amount of money. A bundle of loose change, frankly. But my, what riches you can acquire if you part with thirteen pounds!
For example, for £13.20 you could have a handsome hardback copy of Debrett’s Guide to the Queen. Beautifully illustrated and with a foreword by former PM Sir John Major, what better way to adorn your coffee table in this, Mrs Windsor‘s Jubilee Year. (Quick, hide those snaps of Harry in the magazine rack.)
Alternatively for your twelve smackers you could impress your dinner guests with a jar of high class caviar for six people. Or would that simply be “fishing” for compliments? Ho ho.
For an extra fiver you could fly from Edinburgh to Oslo or Gothenburg for a Scandanavian short break.
And if your budget is able to stretch to a crisp £20 note, you could NAME A STAR. I am serious.
Wife-features and I fancied a wee jaunt from Musselburgh, the largest town in East Lothian, to Haddington, the quaint county capital a mere eleven miles distant along the old A1. I spent most of the 25 minute bus journey open-mouthed and unblinking as my brain refused to take in the news that such a meagre hop to a neighbouring town had emptied my wallet.
I’ll be writing to First to ask them if they intend to name a bus in my honour or start serving smoked salmon sandwiches on board in light of such blatant gouging.
The same journey by car it seems would have set me back £1.87. £1.40 on a Lothian bus would take me all the way to the far side of Edinburgh. Sadly I suspect our trip to Haddington will be something of a one-off when it’s so much cheaper to Go West instead of further into East Lothian. And that’s a real shame given the charms of Haddington - its farmers market, pipe band in the square, dinky wee toy shop, brilliant bookshop (Kesley’s) and Wife-features’ holy grail, The Bead Shop (which also does wool).
There’s a stooshie in East Lothian at the moment thanks to the council suggesting parking charges at beaches as a way to raise funds. Opponents claim asking visitors to pay a couple of quid to park for the day will devastate the tourism sector. I’m sorry, but £2 isn’t going to put anyone off, is it? I would suggest bus trips that are thirteen pounds a pop should be a greater concern.
Posted by About Me at 16:27