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Horrible meanies - Charlotte Metcalf

Features | By Charlotte Metcalf


Do you dry used tea bags on the radiator? Or give your guests cheap booze? Then you’re an incurable meanie. By Charlotte Metcalf

The day I received a £540 energy bill, I met a friend for a drink. It was my turn to pay, and I watched reproachfully as she cheerfully ordered a second glass of wine. The shock of that bill was making me downright stingy – we can all be prone to parsimony when feeling the pinch. The Oldie’s extremely generous editor admits to arriving at a party during his first term at Oxford with a half-drunk bottle of cooking sherry, rather than eking out his pitiful student allowance to cover a cheap bottle of wine. A friend took him aside and pointed out that this was socially unacceptable, and he never did it again. ...


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