Blog: Dave LeggettGloom be gone

Dave Leggett | 7 January 2011

It is Friday evening here. Ain't early January a lovely time of the year? No, not really (raining and cold here in England, dark at 4:30pm), though there are plenty of ways to lift the old mood, of course. I have come across two video clips that cheered me up and that are kind of appropriate to banishing the post-holiday blues - besides watching endless Ashes cricket clips, good though that is (sorry Aussies, but we English don't get much to cheer sports-wise, so we have to go a bit mad and you guys have been guilty of crowing a fair bit in the past, to be fair).

1. Okay, you've perhaps been a bit reckless with your credit card in December and you'll be paying for it this month. But when it comes to money and getting value for your hard-earned, well, it really is a very subjective area and whatever you have done, rest assured that some people are being very reckless with their wonga. In fact, you are quite possibly a paragon of fiscal responsibility and prudence by comparison with some out there...

How much would you pay for a vehicle registration plate that reads '9 0' ? Well, nothing as far as I'm concerned. Maybe a tenner if you have just celebrated your ninetieth birthday and can still drive? Or your name has been changed by deed poll to 90 perhaps? Am I missing something here...

Anyway, some people evidently thought that plate was worth rather a lot. Did it deliver pleasure to the buyer in proportion to the price? Who knows, but check out this astonishing auction clip. Kind of puts your own spending patterns and the odd reckless purchase in perspective. Good to know that the DVLA is working hard on closing the UK budget deficit. Maybe ask around the office what such a plate would be worth and take bets before you play the clip (be aware though, looks like an odd discrepancy on the price at the end, or maybe that was after the VAT was added...). World gone mad? Look pal, that was a long time ago.

 

2. And as I said, the weather here in UK can be a bit grim at at this time of the year. So, why not remind yourself of glorious summer days at sunny Goodwood in lovely Sussex. Love the sound of that Ferrari engine and it felt so good to go around the course and give it some wellie for once...'Got me lunch on'...

 


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