Thursday, 11 September 2008

Money makes the world go around...



The Sock visited Lewes today which despite its proximity to Brighton is an entirely different universe. Lewes is an attractive, historic county town populated by academics of the wealthier kind, alternative therapists, folk singers and old people amongst others. Some of the old people are quite vicious but not as bad as those that live in Hove. Unlike in-your-face Brighton which wears its crassness proudly on its sleeve, Lewes hides it it under a thin veneer of ever-so-slightly-smug civilization. It is known for being home to Thomas Paine and having a somewhat weird obsession with the Pope and bonfires. The inhabitants lend themselves to the description 'the good burghers of Lewes'.

It is against this background that a new currency has emerged - the Lewes Pound! This is apparently an attempt to boost the local spending on the local economy and is in the Sock's opinion a marvellous idea.

The Sock has created her own bank note for the Sea of Immeasurable Gravy but it occurs to her that the scheme could be more widely spread by creating our own currency within the gardening world. Matthew Wilson on a fiver would bring even more joy to spending money on the garden. Chris Beardshaw on the small change.. the possibilities are endless.

12 comments:

Crusty Bedsocks said...

Haha! Brilliant idea! Just the thing to brighten a dull Friday morning.

J B Page is the only chief cashier I can ever remember, I haven't a clue who it is now!

Arabella Sock said...

I'm going to the RHS show in London tomorrow. Do you think if I get some Gardeners' pounds printed off today they will accept them?

Arabella Sock said...

I've given you a new job Crusty!

Look at the note to see who the new cashier is now!

Crusty Bedsocks said...

LOL! The RHS will certainly accept them now! I forgot to say that I love the way the crown goes so well with the 100% cashmere too! The image will keep me sniggering all day now!

granro said...

Thomas Paine was born in Suffolk. He's ours! Hands off! Photo below.

http://www.aoqv41.dsl.pipex.com/album/thetford/paine1.htm

Can you do the tenners with J A-S on them please? It might make me less likely to want to spend them.

Crusty Bedsocks said...

JAS is worth a bit more than a tenner granro ;)

Fat Rascal said...

Have you just given Crusty a licence to print money?

You could have Sir Tufton Beamish as a substitute for Paine - related by marriage to Even Fatter Rascal, MP for Lewes and alleged inspiration for raving Tory Sir Tufton Bufton in the Eye!

emmat said...

I really want to get in on this whole money-making scheme. Can you make sure all the serial numbers begin EKT?

Arabella Sock said...

I will make that so Emma - I'll bring out the rest of the range next week so all ideas for the gardening pound gratefully received.

Fat Rascal - Sir Tufton Beamish what a fabulous name. Very Lewes!

OK Granro, Paine might have been born in Suffolk but he went drinking in Lewes!

Pork Chop said...

"Paine might have been born in Suffolk but he went drinking in Lewes!"

I thought only daft dogs did that!

Marvellous idea Arabella! Presumably the £50 will have SR on them?

The Black Finger Nail said...

Cash has common nicknames so can I starting with a “Bob” – with Mr Flowerdew depicted upon it?

A "nicker" - That has to be Tobychops, as he was scavenging on the beach at Branscombe when the MS Napoli grounded and came away with several BMW motorbikes.

There’s the “Pony” – That might be altered slightly to "Donkey" and be Joe.

A “Monkey” – Ummm? We need to find someone with fleas and an incredibly red bottom. Any ideas?

Dishwasher Crab said...

A Homer Monkey is so obvious a choice it would pretty well mint itself.

Arabella, you really do have a lovely collection of hats!