Maybe it was all that rationing that gave our British cousins such
a heightened sense of economy. From the delicate frugality of
Barbara Pym's sensible women to the hyper-reserve of John Le
Carre's George Smiley, the English waste not in order to want not.
So it should come as no surprise that a British couple, Peter
and Marguerite Harrison, managed to save more than $7,000 on two
millennium-eve plane tickets, just by booking ahead.
The Harrisons reserved the first-class, round-trip tickets from
London to Sydney in 1983, bagging the flight for $1,607 each.
Today, those tickets are worth $9,240.
They bought the tickets in order to attend a friend's millennium
party. Looks like they can afford to bring the paper hats and