Every now and then we get Bank Holidays in the UK. Other countries have days off for things like winning independence. You know who you are. Afghanistan celebrates Mujahideen Victory Day. And in Turkmenistan they spend a day celebrating melons.
In the UK we are a bit more…pragmatic. We celebrate banking. Well we used to. Bank holidays were introduced because things got a bit silly way back when and we had 33 public holidays, so some mean spirited old sod reduced them to 4. Toss-pot. Probably a Conservative (the American equivalent of a Republican).
Anyway every time there is a Bank holiday we all now get a day off. And because our Queen has managed 60 years on the throne (only the second time in history that has happened – anyone care to guess which other monarch has managed that?) we got TWO days off.
And every time we get a holiday the Daily Mail (bless that newspaper) tells us the economy loses £3 billion through lack of activity. Balls? Maybe not. Check out one of our local small business’ opening hours over the holiday period:
Seriously. This is our local nail and tanning salon (obviously I don’t frequent this establishment – the Mrs noticed it). I love the thought process here.
‘Lets close for the holidays on Monday and Tuesday’
‘And we don’t open on Sunday anyway’
‘Oh sod it lets just forget Saturday too’
‘Smart, where’s the Pimms’?
Good old Britian – our work ethic is unsurpassed!