From today’s Times, page 15 (not online): "All one million £5 notes issued as a tribute to mark the first anniversary of the death of George Best have been snapped up, with some selling for as much as £30 each on the internet. The Ulster Bank said that stocks of the commemorative notes had sold out. there were queues outside its branches across the Province when the notes went on sale this week."
I ask you. Even if GB were of the stature of fellow "noters" such as Darwin, Shakespeare and Newton and belonged on the currency in the first place, the poor man is not even cold in his grave yet.
Here’s some saner news: same paper, immediately underneath the above paragraph "A Hebridean thrush has flown 3,000 miles (4,800 km) to nest in a Canadian garden. It was seen in Saint-Fulgence, Quebec, and identified after reports to the RSPB [Royal Society for the Protection of Birds] in Scotland. Experts [sic] said that it was ultimately doomed with no hope of finding a mate. The thrush has been hailed Bird of the Year by North American ornithologists."
Bit of a disjointed "brief", but let’s hope the poor bird got sent home OK to its loved ones. I trust wrapped up in cotton wool, rather than the uncomfortable-sounding GB souvenir fivers, to keep it warm.