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The price of beer - John C. Kirk

Sep. 16th, 2010

12:32 am - The price of beer

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Back in 2004, I re-read one of Douglas Adams' novels, where one character got upset because it was impossible to get pizza delivered in London. That may have been true when the book was written, but times have obviously changed since then.

Similarly, I re-read the start of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy a few days ago (free excerpt on my Sony Reader). This includes a scene where Ford Prefect goes into a pub and buys six pints of beer:

Ford slapped a five-pound note on the bar. He said, 'Keep the change.'
'What, from a fiver? Than you, sir.'


I initially assumed that the barman was being sarcastic, since I'm surprised that the total price would be under £5 in the first place, so there wouldn't be much change left over. However, a few pages later he buys 4 packets of peanuts, which costs him 28p. That's amazingly cheap by modern standards, so I wonder how much the beer would have cost. This book was first published in 1979; do any organisations (e.g. CAMRA) keep records of average prices?

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From:johnckirk
Date:September 15th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Nifty, thanks :) If it was about 60p a pint, then that's a fairly generous tip.
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From:pozorvlak
Date:September 16th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I just about remember £1/pint beer as a special offer, though it was more usually £1.50ish when I started drinking.

Generous tip: maybe, but it was the end of the world...
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From:simplypeachy
Date:September 16th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
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Proportionately, when I was but a nipper back in the late eighties, it was only 20p a game of pool at my parents' pub in Scotland. I think the jukebox was 10p a song as well. I still recall Mum opening it up to put in the new Christmas record from Cliff Richards!

That was before 5ps, 10ps and 50ps were shrunk and while the £2 coin was still a glint in its daddy's eye. Scotland still had £1 notes too.

Must stop reminiscing and go to bed...
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From:pozorvlak
Date:September 16th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I've seen a £1 note within the last year. They're very rare, but still (AIUI) legal up here.
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