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It has taken the biggest economic crisis in modern history to make us rediscover the joys of simple, unabashed thriftiness

2nd May, 2009

The woman in the reading glasses smiles broadly as she brandishes a pair of matching saucers (gilt-edged, probably Victorian). ‘‘I’m so sorry, but I can’t take less than €15.”

‘‘I totally understand, but I can’t pay more than €10,” the younger woman counters sweetly. ‘‘Give me €12, and you’ve a deal,” the older woman beams. ‘‘Done.” The women shake hands and the smiles vanish....

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