My brother-in-law carried out some top secret computer work at the Bank Of England a few years ago and had a chance to see some of the really high value notes that were issued as part of the Marshall Plan, but because the two remaining £1m notes are in private hands he didn't get to see them.
Tony Blair ran the country for over 10 years and was paid less than many senior civil servants. A few dozen Premier League players pocket more per match than the Chief Executive of the UK is paid per year.
If someone is willing to pay Tony Blair a big bag of cash to make a speech you can hardly blame him for accepting it with a grin.
He's not the first Prime Minister to go on the speech and consultation circuit, and he won't be the last.
When she, err graciously stepped aside, Margaret Thatcher (a lifelong non-smoker) was paid £500k by Philip Morris Tobacco to help them challenge various pieces of anti-tobacco legislation in Europe...
When they were 'decommissioned', the duplicates began to appear at seaside resorts and joke shops as a novelty. For about a 'half a crown' you became a very rich person in a very short time. Didn't last long though. Especially when the novelty wore off!.
Have our "hankies" and pockets got smaller or was money really 'valued' in those days.The thru'penny and ha'penny were my favourite coins way back when, never realised what they meant till they disappeared.
The BoE is unveiling the new £50 note soon. Handy size for purchasing a gallon of petrol.
Last time I went into my Bank and asked for a 50, they said they didn't keep any in their safe and would have to order some.