I went down to that London

I thought "Best tek a float"

I’d gone there forra weekend

So I took a £5 note.


I went to Covent Garden

(I shan’t go there again)

I ordered a cortado

They wanted £5.10!


Then later on that afternoon

I thought I’d try a beer

But that wa’ £8.40

I shan’t go back to there.


And thus the day unfolded

“’OW MUCH???!!!” each time I roared

Cos every flaming thing I saw

I found I cou’n’t afford.


That night I saw an ‘omeless bloke

‘is world inside one sack

I offered ’im mi £5 note

The bastard flung it back!


They say that Yorkshire men are tight

So it’ll be no shock

To learn I got back home to Leeds

Wi’ £5 in mi sock.




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John Coopey

Sun 11th Jun 2023 10:53

Piccallilllli Kevin. As Peter Kaye says, “ Even scientists don’t know what’s in that stuff”.

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Kevin Tan

Sat 10th Jun 2023 22:56

I really like your writing & reading. I always wondered why it's not called Piccalilly Circus. But yeah, that's probably my Dutchness combined with some Duchness & Deutschness. Went there on New Year's Eve and saw them fireworks for free 😀😀😀

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John Coopey

Thu 8th Jun 2023 08:39

Thanks for your thoughts, MC.

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 7th Jun 2023 22:58

Having just needed to re-position the car, I thought I'd have another Guinness when passing the pub just before 10pm -
only to be told that they were closing! Ah well...these funny
hours at least saved me a further £7.50. But I took the
opportunity to mention that pubs are obliged to post their hours
of business, upon which the charming young lady imparting the
news put her hand to her heart and smiled apologetically.
It's a hard life making a pub work these days so I also smiled and
instantly forgave her.
SG mentions St Johns Wood. Back in the 70s I was part of the staff of the now closed local nick. The Wood was
always a sought-after place to live and the prices matched the aspirations.
It still enjoys that reputation and the reflected prices, it seems! Local
residents included Beatle Paul MacCartney and wife Linda, and the
likes of famous conductor Sir Georg
Solti; plus, I will add, a number of excellent pubs!!!

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John Coopey

Wed 7th Jun 2023 09:40

Twenty, Stephen!!!??? You can get a three-bedroomed semi in Grimethorpe for twenty.

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Stephen Gospage

Wed 7th Jun 2023 08:35

I know a place in St John's Wood where they do discounts on a latte macchinato, John. And you still get change of a twenty.

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John Coopey

Wed 7th Jun 2023 08:13

Thankyou Uilleam and Stephen. Yes, I was lucky to get back with all my fingers.

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Stephen Atkinson

Tue 6th Jun 2023 22:21

And a beer with no 'ead on it! And couldn't find any peas pudding to go wi' me 'am ☹️

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Tue 6th Jun 2023 21:42

I definitely won't be going to that there London.

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John Coopey

Tue 6th Jun 2023 20:58

When I shake a six Bethany I want my treasure buried with me like Tutankhamun. You've had your fist wrapped round that ten bob note so long, Kevin, it's no longer legal tender.

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kJ Walker

Tue 6th Jun 2023 20:26

a fiver!!!!!!!
bloody hell, you're pushing the boat out.
you'd need a spanner to get ten bob out of my mit.

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Bethany Sallis

Tue 6th Jun 2023 19:03

ohhhh! its only money John and you can't take it with you but knowing you you'd probably give it a bloody good try 😂

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John Coopey

Tue 6th Jun 2023 19:00

If someone had told me 10 years ago I’d pay £3.50 for a cup of coffee, MC, or £2 for a bottle of water, I’d have told them they wanted their bumps feeling.
And thanks for the Likes, Hugh, Ghost, Clare and Russell.

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 6th Jun 2023 17:55

Know the feeling JC! When I had a pint of Guinness in my local
pub recently, I was charged £7.50. Just as well I'm now an
"occasional drinker" in retirement. The old advert. told us that
this particular drink was "good for you". Maybe, but that doesn't
refer to my bank account these days!

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