Tuesday, 15 February 2011
The price of pears
Without conscious decision, the calculation flashed through my head as follows: "Eight for a pound; that's half a crown each", then a slight pause before the next step: "so that's 12-and-a-half pence each."
40 years: oh dear, and I still think in old money! (Not all the time, I hasten to add. It's just that "eight half crowns to the pound" was so well drummed in that it's still the natural association. Then there's always 6/8d.) But, to the day: wow.
Never mind that. What about half a crown for a single pear! Outrageous! (OTOH, 12.5p is really cheap...)