DIVI : The various comments about the Brooke Bond Dividend Tea advert in the background of my Sepia Saturday post set my mind thinking about the way retailers used to tempt customers in the days before supermarkets had so-called loyalty cards. There were all sorts of savings stamp schemes, but by far the best system was the Co-operative Society which used to pay a dividend to all its' members based on how much they spent over the year. Each local area had its own Co-operative Society and each member had his or her own "number" which was quoted whenever a purchase was made. At the end of the year all your purchases would be added together and a dividend (often as much as a penny for every shilling spent) was paid. As a challenge to all my British readers of a certain age : can you remember your old (or your parents' old) Divi number? I will start the process off - ours was 12880.
TIME : I have just downloaded a new iPhone App which provides a constant read-out of decimal time. Decimal time - based on each day being divided into 10 hours, each consisting of 100 minutes and each minute being divided into 100 seconds - has always appeared to me to be a far more logical way of telling the time. Why it has never caught on, I cannot imagine : but I am determined to conduct an experiment to see if I can live by decimal time for a week. This will be the little man of vision standing proud against the establishment. I will report back on the results of my experiment - which will start at 4:15:00 today - next week. (come to think of it, why should there be 52 weeks in a year and not 100? I had better make that a separate experiment or you will never know when I am due to report back).
CURLY TASH : Does anyone know how to train a moustache to go curly at the tips? In June I will be making my first proper trip to the United States and I feel that I should make a start on preparing myself for the experience. A caddish curl to my moustache would, I believe, present the American people with something more in the way of what they might expect of an English gent. Do I need to apply hairstyling gel on a regular basis or must I selectively prune in order to train the pattern of growth? Any helpful suggestions would be more than gratefully received. By the way, does anyone know where I can acquire a pair of Plus Fours?