How much is that in today's money?

Liz has been working on some material for Acts of Collective Worship (ask her!) this evening and came across the fact that Howard Carter had spent around £1m looking for Tutankhamun’s tomb before his eventual success in 1922.

£1m sounds a lot, but what would £1m 1922 pounds be worth today? Easy enough, in principle, to find out…use RPI figures, average earnings, GDP deflators. But hey, that’s hard work. I came across a very useful site Measuring Worth which does it all for you.

The answers (yes, there are 5)

£40,687,624.86 using the retail price index
£43,569,042.90 using the GDP deflator
£179,287,189.73 using the average earnings
£234,149,663.45 using the per capita GDP
£323,693,859.86 using the share of GDP

Hey, you may find some use for this one day!

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Use it or lose it…

Many, many years ago I did develop some faltering knowledge of programming. Struggling with BASIC (on my BBC Micro), FORTRAN (at college), a smattering of Pascal and some DBase scripts. All of which are now completely forgotten!

Well, I’m not sure why, but I really fancy the challenge of a new language. Where on earth should I start? Wikipedia lists (literally) dozens – guess it depends entirely on what I want to do with it! Just the challenge really. But apparently it takes about 10 years!

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Build a better knot and the world will beat a path to your door

I genuinely thought I had nothing to learn about tying my shoelaces. Not since I was 5 or 6 anyway! Turns out I was wrong, again. Try the ‘Ian Knot’ – particularly for trainers / running shoes. It really is quicker (once you get the hang of it) and it seems not to slip.

Think I’ve forgotten the traditional knot now…which may cause problems teaching the kids!

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It had to be done…

Well, the first reaction to suggesting I might try blogging was somewhat dismissive: “pfffhh” or a similar should-be-in-the-dictionary sound.  Of course, that response may well prove to be appropriate, nevertheless, I am going to give it a shot.

I guess the plan is to jot down musings about things I see, read, hear – to keep a record for me and for anyone else who may, occasionally, find it of some interest. We’ll see how it goes!

For now, well, I am about to sign of to read a little more of The Forgotten Ways (Alan Hirsch), which includes some excellent stuff : re-thinking church from the bottom up. More comments on this to follow, I think, when I get my head round it!

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