[00:02.70]Fifty pence worth of trouble
[00:10.15]Did George get anything for his fifty pence? What?
[00:16.17]Children always appreciate small gifts of money.
[00:20.61]Mum or dad, of course, provides a regular supply of pocket money,
[00:25.83] but uncles and aunts are always a source of extra income.
[00:30.97]With some children, small sums go a long way.
[00:35.15]If fifty pence pieces are not exchanged for sweets,
[00:38.97] they rattle for months inside money boxes.
[00:42.69]Only very thrifty children manage to fill up a money box.
[00:48.14]For most of them, fifty pence is a small price to pay for a nice big bar of chocolate.
[00:56.91]My nephew, George, has a money box but it is always empty.
[01:02.36]Very few of the fifty pence pieces and pound coins I have given him have found their way there.
[01:10.10]I gave him fifty pence yesterday and advised him to save it.
[01:14.11]Instead, he bought himself fifty pence worth of trouble.
[01:19.55]On his way to the sweet shop,
[01:21.47] he dropped his fifty pence and it bounced along the pavement and then disappeared down a drain.
[01:29.85]George took off his jacket,
[01:32.22]rolled up his sleeves and pushed his right arm through the drain cover.
[01:37.03]He could not find his 50 pence piece anywhere, and what is more, he could not get his arm out.
[01:45.84]A crowd of people gathered round him and a lady rubbed his arm with soap and butter,
[01:51.15] but George was firmly stuck.
[01:55.38]The fire brigade was called and two fire fighters freed George using a special type of grease.
[02:02.22]George was not too upset by his experience
[02:05.68]because the lady who owns the sweet shop heard about his troubles and rewarded him with a large box of chocolates.