QUITE A FEW people have been approaching us Clemens-Streetians in front of our house or in the street, asking us for amounts varying between 10 and 50 p. All weekend we were getting more curious… What could this mean? Had the price for crack gone down? Were they really speaking the truth and hence short of 20 pence to get a train to go see their dying grandmother? Are money lenders in the back streets getting more pushy these days? Note that this small-amounts begging had appeared quite suddenly!
Until… one faithful day, I went to the supermarket down the street and there saw a sign advertising “Cans of Carling, 80 Pence”. No longer do I wonder.