One for the books

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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 noisemakers.

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