Sunday, May 19, 2013

Money burning a hole in your pocket?




Fancy something a little different for the garden? Or perhaps you have some wall space that needs adornment . The auction of City of Westminster street signs has been receiving a fair bit of press this week, so much so that the  website is experiencing problems keeping up with the interest.

Obviously Abbey Road and Downing Street are the two signs attracting the most interest and highest reserve prices with expected bids somewhere north of £1,000 but if you only have £20 to spare how about a finger sign for the European Academy of Arts, or perhaps the sexily monikered Housing Options Service for a tenner?

Of course if you are a 'professional' footballer you may have chosen other ways of spending your pay packet this month.

We went to Weymouth yesterday, it was our 28th wedding anniversary and we were returning to the scene of our honeymoon. How times have changed, a sign outside a fairly cheap looking hotel on the sea front was advertising 'wedding receptions from £1,000' - roughly the same cost as our wedding, two day honeymoon and deposit on our flat back in May 1985. Whilst sitting on the prom people watching I happened to overhear part of a conversation between a father and his two, very, small boys which went like this:

"Next year our holiday is going to be more expensive so we are going to have to save more which means all of us will be tightening our belts".  The smallest of the two boys, only just started to walk I would guess, looked up at his Dad with an expression that suggested his grasp of fiscal management didn't really extend much beyond deciding between candy floss or a stick of rock. Perhaps Michael Give has been right all along, get 'em while they are young!

Suppose you have £300 in your pocket, and assuming you aren't Phil Bardsley or keen on buying five signs which say Tate Britain, would you choose a kayak or a saxophone to spend that money on? I ask because a local charity shop has a saxophone on sale in its window for £299.99, which makes it easily the most expensive thing I have ever seen in the window of a charity shop by about £290 whilst a shop in Weymouth was advertising a kayak with paddles and life jacket for the same £299.99. I can see the selling points of both and I guess your choice would come down to your lifestyle. I mean if you were a lifeguard and saw somebody drowning, the sax would be useless unless you wanted to accompany the drowning with a rendition of 'For Those Who Peril On The Sea' equally being in an East Street Band tribute act you would look stupid if the band reached the sax solo of 'Born To Run', turned to you and you were sat there in the kayak wearing your life jacket holding your paddle.

Choices, choices.

12 comments:

A Northern Bloke said...

Yes, I heard about Phil Bardsley. What a tit!

Span Ows said...

I'll ring a friend about those signs! Either would look great and the signpost could go in the corner.

Congratulations btw. I was watching footy most of the day with one lad at Wembley.

Span Ows said...

P.S. Must say last paragraph gave me a good laugh,

Paul said...

Shy - I liked the comment on the TV - what was more offensive, him being drunk or covered in money?

Thanks Span for the comment and congratulation. The signs do look good in the right setting.

A Northern Bloke said...

I haven't seen any TV coverage of Mr Bardsley's misbehaviour but the point made is very good.

Plenty of people get drunk but few throw money (literally speaking) all over.

I think he just made a massive comment about himself. He had a load of money and that was the best thing he could do with it.

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