Wednesday, 4 August 2010

We've joined the ranks of the Neo Skint

"I'll do the garden at the weekend when we can afford a new strimmer," the Panther was only making half an excuse this time.

Thing is, it's been a busy old month what with two holidays, a broken car and new specs for two members of the family. Consequently we're a bit rooked, the cupboard is bare and let's-see-what's-in-the-freezer is the cuisine de jour. However, it's not catastrophic, just mind-focusing. By the weekend Panther will have been paid for his part in the mining of the truth and a few of the people for whom I scribble might have responded to my invoices. And then we will be hot-foot to the strimmer shop so all will be groomed again.

However, I then came across an article in the Daily Mail. (Yes, yes, I know). Apparently there is a new scourge in Broken Britain - the Middle Class Poor. These are the folks who've had to feed their Kath Kidson tea cosies to the ponies when they couldn't afford the oats. They find themselves weeping in Tesco when they have to down-brand from Finest to Value. They are "not living on the street but it's their version of Skid Row" apparently. Poor things.

Hurrah then, we've made it. The Daily Mail is talking to us, the Neo-Skint. With our un-strimmed foliage (front and back) we can empathise with the DM families who've had to down-size, stint and, yes, stay in sometimes.

So now we are trend-setters, you can expect a whole new type of life-style advice. Going to the park is the new holiday in Barbados, plucking is the new going to the really expensive salon, DIY is the new getting a man in, distressed is the new new and, er, actually we're stopping before we get to grey is the new flatters the skintone colour experience whatever Kristen McMenamy might say.

PIC: Boy Three inspects his new cot.


  1. Stop reading the Daily Mail - it's crap. Muttie bought it yesterday for the health section and was outraged at an author who claimed that anti-depressants were a mere placebo. Oh, he was trying to sell his book via the Daily Mail too. Muttie was about to respond to his article via email then she thought: "It's a crap paper, why give them the time..."

  2. oh oh oh I almost wrote a blog post about this myself but I sat on my hands instead and told myself that it was the Daily Mail's job to rile me.

    I was rolling my eyes all the way through the article, wondering exactly how much she got paid for writing it (ironic, huh?) and despairing at the fact that "half of her usual income" is just over double what I earn - it's one of those "oh walk a mile in my shoes" moments, isn't it?

    When I'm bored, I go and leave comments on DM articles just to see what gets through and actually goes live ;)

  3. Milton, well yes, but sometimes it's fun to see how the other half likes to think they live.

    Nickie, it's hilarious isn't it?

  4. Good to see that the 'Chablis' family are in fashion for once. Although, obviously we're not Chablis anymore, it's more 'Pass the Tesco's Value House White'


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