”Cash Only!” warned the sign.
”We don’t deal with credit or sympathy cards;
but, money is fine.
And there will be no swiping of plastic;
we don’t do chip and pin;
over there, by the charity tin, is a conversion chart
for pounds shillings and pence;
from when we had an empire,
and money made sense.
A piece of fish is now four pound and six bob
it used to be cheaper
back then, when it were ’proper job!’
A ’hapence’ of scraps
is a memory we treasure,
we’d wrap them so tightly in the local newspaper,
and you could eat at your leisure
and gawp at the ads;
times we’re easier, then;
or harder, depending on whom yer asks.
So, ’Cash Only!’ is how it will be;
but, if you’ve not got none,
then it’s ’Goodbye!’ to thee.”
•It must be said that they were lovely chips.