STINKING OR ROLLING IN IT?
Are you stinking rich or merely rolling in it?
That question was the headline on a riff by Telegraph writer Oliver Pritchett, on the language of the well off, which was enjoyed in The Shed.
“A person who earns a pittance is on about £100,000 a year. A crust is roughly one and a half times a pittance and scraping by is the equivalent of doing quite nicely. Good money equals about three pittances and a crust. A widow’s mite, on the other hand, is three and a half crusts. If you receive a bonus of £500,000 or more, you may say you can’t complain.
“It is currently reckoned that, over all, a church mouse is worth about £800,000. Someone who is well off equals a dozen church mice. Having a bundle is better than being well off, but not as good as being quite comfortable. Oddly enough, a small fortune represents greater wealth than a fortune, but both of these are better than rolling in it, though rolling in it is superior to loads of dosh. Family money trumps a small fortune.
“The current value of an heiress is a fortune plus an infestation of church mice. A plutocrat is valued at four heiresses and there are roughly 30 plutocrats to an oligarch. A person of some means is well off five times over and also comfortable, but not as wealthy as someone who is worth a bit. The next step up from well off is stinking rich, but this is not as desirable as being filthy rich.
“If your fortune is tied up, it is kept overseas. Wealth that is stashed away is greater than wealth that is tied up. When you are on your uppers it means that your huge Hampshire mansion has a leaky roof. To be as rich as Croesus is to be overweight and have gold bathroom taps, and if you have the Midas touch, it means you are about to go spectacularly broke. That’s all you need to know.”
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A GLIMPSE OF FORGOTTEN ENGLAND
Travel writer Mike Carter visited Salford around the time of the Brexit vote and stayed with a woman who was selling her house.
He reported: “I sat in her living room as the estate agent brought around potential buyers – all buy-to-let investors from the south of England, building property portfolios in the poverty, as if this was one giant fire sale.”
BOOK ON DARK CORNWALL
A book of stories gleaned in the pubs of Newlyn, The Swordfish & The Star, by Gavin Knight, is picking up a lot of good reviews, including one from Paul Theroux. The author’s last book was about urban gangs and the new one gets into the darker side of Cornwall, by all accounts.
A LIST FOR THOSE WHO LIKE THEM
The Shed has a big lists section, to which Radio 3 expert Tom Service’s list of classical must-tries will have to be added. Reference – Sunday Times April 17 2016.
Summary – Mozart, Symphony 29; Wagner, The Ring Cycle, Steve Reich, 4 Organs; Stockhausen, Punkte; Schubert, Piano Sonata In A Major.
In The Shed, we are currently playing Let The Whole World Talk About You, by the Johnson Mountain Boys, promising stars of bluegrass revivalism in the 1980s but left busted and broke up after a couple of good albums.
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