A profitable lunchtime

…by which, obviously, I mean one in which I spent money, rather than earned it. Last year, when my income went up from “I can pay the rent and go out to eat” to “I can buy an iPod on a whim” (it’s since gone back to the first one), I decided that rather than spend £10 on boots that last three months, I would invest wisely in expensive but high-quality items that would last forever and end up costing me less money than the cheap version.

Well, it turns out that expensive boots (and bags, and clothes) don’t last any longer; they just cost more. So it’s back to spending £10, or in this case £5, on a new bag, which is bright blue and doesn’t go with anything, but that’s ok, because it only cost £5!

I thought I had done more shopping than that, but it turns out the rest of what I bought was my lunch. Well, that’s ok too.

Also, and not unrelatedly (the sun makes me spend money): it’s spring! I know I’ve said it before, but this time it’s properly true. I even had to take off my incredibly warm and deeply impractical fake fur coat while I was outside. You know, for a bit.

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  3. Christopher

    I thought you might like to know that RF Delderfield uses Elmers End as a location in ‘To Serve Them All My Days’ [The books hero is married in church there).

    He obviously knew it well. I think he thought of it as just on the edge at the time he was describing between an ever expanding London and the rural ‘suburbs’.

    My recollection from memory of The Dreaming Suburb and The Avenue Goes to War (its a while since I read them) is that he was setting the books in a fictional location he imagined somewhere near there. I seem to remember Shirley (Shirley Church I think) getting a mention as well.


  4. elsiem

    Thanks Christopher, that’s really interesting, and it’s nice to know somebody else has read them! I’ve got God is an Englishman next on my list, but I’ll certainly seek out To Serve Them All My Days. Funnily enough, it was adapted and broadcast as Radio Four’s Afternoon Play as a series of five episodes, the last of which was broadcast yesterday and which I happened to hear by chance (so I already know a bit of the ending).

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