Archives for July 2009

“A Life Changing Sum”

money

Watching some crappy quiz show on Sky at the weekend (“Don’t Forget The Lyrics”…I wasn’t watching it really, I was at my computer), they used the phrase “life changing amount of money” regarding their top prize of £250,000. I thought this was a strange phrase, because “life changing amount” can mean a lot to different people.

I asked my Twitter people what they would consider to be life changing, and here are their responses:

pmsumner: For me, enough to pay off debts and leave me able to do something I want to rather than have to for work. So maybe £75-£100k?
feebeestar: anything from 15000 upwards
thebuxt: 250,000? well I would say it could be life changing but i think it all depends on how much you have before & the life you live
spiky_simon: half a million to make a big difference, I guess. Though wouldn’t turn my nose up at less!
laurakalbag: a few grand. Enough to rent our own flat would be life-changing for me.
nickbrompton: to completely make me change the way I live would take 5 mil I reckon. Cos then I could give up working for money
adurbe: how much money is lifechanging depends what you spend it on
jlancashire: I think I would need a few mil, maybe 5?

For me, I think quarter of a million would be enough to clear all of my debts and buy a nice house. Pretty life changing, I’m sure you’ll agree.
But I would still have to think about bills, and still would have to work.
A more “life changing” amount would be closer to a million pounds (at least) – I wouldn’t have to worry about work, and bills could be paid straight away. I’d be able to pay off my dad’s mortgage, and give my sister some money towards a house. I could treat my friends without thinking about where the money for that would be coming from.

I guess I’d better start doing the lottery a bit more often then.

That London

(I can’t help it, I always have to say That London when I talk about our capital!)
My visit to London on Friday was so much fun with the UK Lady Bloggers – none of us took many pictures sadly, so this is pretty much all of my pics!

We visited the Hummingbird Bakery in South Kensington – the cakes were delicious, and unlike anything I had ever had before, but eating that cake on the left took me the whole of the journey from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads to eat (along with a pint of tea from Starbucks, yum!)

I had some time to kill in the afternoon before my train, so I headed to Regent Street to see the Apple Store.It was pretty awesome, but looked the same as the Bristol store (and I guess any other Apple store not in a shopping precinct). I headed down a little road to find somewhere for tea, and passed by the Liberty store. It seemed odd that there was a building that looked so much like the buildings in Chester in the middle of London!

I went over the road to Le Pain Quotidien for a pot of tea (of course) before I caught my train home.
It was lovely to meet other bloggers, and to spend time in London, but I realised (again) that I am not really a city girl – I know Bristol is a major city, but it just doesn’t feel so much like a city!

That London and The Weekend

Tomorrow I shall be hopping (not literally, that would be annoying) onto one of these to meet up with some of the lovely ladies from UK Lady Bloggers which I am really excited about!
I’m partly excited because I get to go to London, a place that seems almost mystical to me – before I moved to Bristol I had only been to London 3 times in my life!
The rest of the weekend is just as awesome, on Saturday I’ll be going to Oxford for gin and cupcakes, and on Sunday I’ll be having tea and roast dinner with my lovely friends in Bristol! I love the summer, its seems that every weekend is full of fun!

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