[00:03.90]Fifty pence worth of trouble
[00:12.56]Did George get anything for his fifty pence? What?
[00:19.44]Children always appreciate small gifts of money.
[00:23.08]Mum or dad,of course,provides a regular supply of pocket money,
[00:27.84]but uncles and aunts are always a source of extra income.
[00:32.98]With some children, small sums go a long way.
[00:37.78]If fifty pence pieces are not exchanged for sweets,
[00:41.64]they rattle for months inside money boxes.
[00:45.02]Only very thrifty children manage to fill up a money box.
[00:49.31]For most of them,fifty pence is a small price to pay for a nice big bar of chocolate.
[00:55.77]My nephew,George,has a money box but it is always empty.
[01:01.64]Very few of the fifty pence pieces and pound coins I have given him have found their way there.
[01:08.61]I gave him fifty pence yesterday and advised him to save it.
[01:13.04]Instead,he bought himself fifty pence worth of trouble.
[01:17.63]On his way to the sweet shop,
[01:19.63]he dropped his fifty pence and it bounced along the pavement and then disappeared down a drain.
[01:27.78]George took off his jacket,rolled up his sleeves and pushed his right arm through the drain cover.
[01:36.23]He could not find his 50 pence piece anywhere,
[01:39.57]and what is more,
[01:40.91]he could not get his arm out.
[01:43.58]A crowd of people gathered round him and a lady rubbed his arm with soap and butter,
[01:48.62]but George was firmly stuck.
[01:51.53]The fire brigade was called and two fire fighters freed George using a special type of grease.
[01:59.17]George was not too upset by his experience
[02:02.19]because the lady who owns the sweet shop heard about his troubles and rewarded him with a large box of chocolates.