We're making great strides towards gender equality in many areas, but sometimes it's the little things that show us just how far we've still got to go.
Posts about "money"
Recently I received a cheque in the post. It was royalties for the two books I've published for the Amazon Kindle.It was all very exciting. And great. And I waved it around a lot and went "Wahoo!". Then I put it down on the table and left it there until I had chance to pay it in.
I confess I didn't quite expect was what came through the post a few days after opening an account with the Principality - a genuine, bona fide building society passbook.
As an idealistic 19 year old, I'd voted against demutualisation of the Halifax believing - as I do today - that an organisation based on serving its members first, is better than one that puts it's shareholders first.
Whilst I was up north over Christmas, I had one of those inevitable "cost of transport" discussions. This conversation was on the depreciation in value of cars. The result was that the annual depreciation value of their car was roughly £1,000. So if they bought their car - not a new car incidentally - left it on the drive for twelve months, and then sold it, they'd be around £1,000 out of pocket. If they left it on for two years, they'd be £2,000 out of pocket. And so on.
Of course there are the occasional flaws and black marks, and some are heading towards AA Savings from me right now.
So about two months ago, a substantial amount of my money ended up stuck in the British operation of a failed Icelandic bank, known in the UK as Icesave. Well after a bit of a wait - and nowhere near as long as most people originally expected - my cash has now been returned.