This little card, a souvenir from the Tilly Whim Inn in Dorset, made me laugh out loud when I found it in a local bookstore. I do enjoy a pint of Real Ale and so how could I resist the sage financial advice printed on the back? And there are more lessons to be learned on the inside too. The Tilly Whim must have been a fun place to while away a few hours.
The cliff-top pub near Swanage, whose regulars included author Enid Blyton and actor Wilfrid Brambell, sadly burned down in 1972. Far sadder was the news that its owner of 22 years, Mrs. Burridge, lost her life savings in an Icelandic offshore trap. It seems unusually cruel that someone whose motto was Laugh and be Happy should be swindled in this way.
An unhappy ending but a fine example of how a little piece of ephemera can tell a much bigger story.