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The cost of a partridge, a pear tree, etc

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So what is the cost of a partridge, a pear tree, two turtle doves, three french hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese, seven swans, eight  milk  maids, nine dancers, ten lords, eleven pipers and twelve drummers?

This site has been costing the Xmas package for three decades.  As you might expect, there has only been a small rise this year, mostly due to the gold rings (up 40%).

Milk maids are up, due to a rise in the minimum wage but the other wages are flat due to the level of unemployment. And so it goes! Most of the birds are down.

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Written by Rafe

December 20, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Milk maids are up? Damn. I love those milk maids.

    C.L.

    December 20, 2009 at 10:29 pm

  2. a bit scrawny I would have thought. 🙂

    Sinclair Davidson

    December 20, 2009 at 10:35 pm

  3. I found a more buxom example – Salma Hayek dressed as a milkmaid – but I thought it was too buxom for a family blog. 😉

    C.L.

    December 20, 2009 at 10:38 pm

  4. Selma seems to easily carry two milk jugs without any problem whatsoever.

    jc

    December 20, 2009 at 10:45 pm

  5. Interestingly, the PNC CPI grand total is $21,465.56 via conventional shopping but $31,434.85 via internet shopping.

    C.L.

    December 20, 2009 at 10:45 pm

  6. You pair sound like dirty old men 🙂

    tal

    December 20, 2009 at 10:46 pm

  7. God JC not you as well 🙂

    tal

    December 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm

  8. no no no, Tal. Selma would make a perfect milk maid.

    Perish the thought I was suggesting anything else.

    she seems to have very strong arms, as you can see here.

    jc

    December 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm

  9. Sorry to doubt you JC my mind is in the gutter 🙂
    I’m right about the other two though

    tal

    December 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm

  10. Of course you’re right about the other two.

    Here’s Selma and the luckiest kid in Africa.

    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1878917,00.html

    jc

    December 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm

  11. God love her,

    tal

    December 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm

  12. Nice to see you posting here Rafe.

    pedro

    December 20, 2009 at 11:07 pm

  13. Thanks Pedro:)

    Rafe

    December 20, 2009 at 11:44 pm

  14. Hear hear, Pedro.

    C.L.

    December 20, 2009 at 11:49 pm

  15. milkmaids are on the minimum wage?

    well there is no such thing now.It is mechanised , has been since pasteurisation was made industry wide way back in the 60s I think.

    Butterfield, Bloomfield & Bishop

    December 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm

  16. Milk maids are unemployed.

    Sinclair Davidson

    December 21, 2009 at 4:11 pm

  17. no they are being retrained for other work

    Butterfield, Bloomfield & Bishop

    December 21, 2009 at 4:25 pm

  18. Indeed. We saw the pictures above. 🙂

    Sinclair Davidson

    December 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm

  19. What’s with you guys and wenches?

    tal

    December 21, 2009 at 5:28 pm

  20. Having missed our depraved youths we now aspire to dirty old manhood. 🙂

    Sinclair Davidson

    December 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm


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