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From: Steve Hayes <>
Subject: Re: Then and Now: Value of British Pound Stirling in 1950
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:44:01 +0200
On Tue, 25 Aug 2009 10:20:47 +0200, "Lesley Robertson"
>"Steve Hayes" <> wrote in message
>> And when I was a bus drive in London 20 years later, my pay was £29 a
>> admittedly with a bit of overtime. But 20 times as much in 20 years is
>> quite a
>> rapid drop in the value of money.
>You were doing well. When I was waiting for my A level results in 1967, I
>worked as a shelf filler in a supermarket, getting 7 quid a week. That might
>be a closer parallel to John's starting apprentice pay since a London bus
>driver was considerably more skilled and qualified!
Actually the basic was closer to £16 without overtime. It was dust the 29/-
that made me think of the £29 that appeared on my pay slip sometimes.
And Durham miners got £11 a week for working considerably harder in much less
pleasant surroundings -- lying on your side in an 18" coal seam moving pit
props with a mechanical coal cutter screaming in your ears isn't my idea of a
cushy job. On top of which they actually got more money if they went off sick.
Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa
E-mail - see web page, or parse: shayes at dunelm full stop org full stop uk
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