..we'll be millionaires."
So said - frequently - Del Trotter in the sit-com Only Fools and Horses. Of course, it never happened.
[Classic comedy following the misadventures of two wheeler-dealer
brothers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter who scrape their living by selling
dodgy goods believing that next year they will be millionaires.]
But it has come to pass! Not for Del Boy or Rodney, admittedly, but a certain Neil Trotter won £107 million in last week's Euromillions Lottery. Neil, a car mechanic, comes from south London, just like the fictional Trotters. Personally, I think, in fact I know that if I had won £107 million (actually, it is very nearly £108 million, but what's £0.9 million when we're talking about those kind of figures?) I would have wanted to keep my name out of the papers. I don't think I would even want to win that sort of money. Even if that is invested at just 1% interest, the annual return would be a million! Of course, there would be tax to pay on that income, but even so!
I suppose that if I did manage to win that sort of money, I would be able to make some pretty substantial donations to charities in which I was interested. But all the same, I am more than happy as I am, thank you very much. £107 million is one headache I do not want.
Another shop window snapped on my rare trip into town on Monday.