Sunday, 10 March 2013

Ten Minute Bonus

E-K, who blogs with a regularity that South West Trains can only envy, invites comments on his blog to a quote from Esther Rantzen: "I would rather have ten minutes with my late husband than ten more years of life."

I wondered what her children and grandchildren would make of it.

However; what would the idle readership choose if granted a bonus ten minutes? Maybe a chance meeting with a young and impecunious Bill Gates, and saying "fair enough, I think you might be onto something, I'll give you ten grand for ten percent".

Or to be a junior A&R man at Decca and pipe up with "are you sure guitar bands have had their day? What are they going to buy instead - Val Doonican? I say we should sign them".

Or Hirohito's stand-in valet perhaps: "surrender with honour, Sir, but best do it today".

In truth, Idle would like ten minutes back at any stage in January 2000, with someone he trusted and admired saying: "sell all those tech stocks and buy a few small flats in Chelsea".


Thud said...

An obvious one but 10000 apple shares at a couple of bucks.

Electro-Kevin said...

I'd go back to the Xmas eve before the 2000 New Year and say to myself "Do NOT go for that after-work drink !"

That would do me. No property portfolio or shares needed. I'd be minted by now.

lilith said...

I'd like to have experienced 10 minutes from now back in the '90s so that I would have wasted fewer years on the idiot who introduced me to Elby.

Elby the Beserk said...

A bonus ten minutes? Grateful Dead, Fillmore West, 28th February 1969 :-)

William Gruff said...

Would it be too much to ask for the last fifty seven years back, with sufficient good sense not to make a complete and utter bollox of every important decision I've ever been faced with?

That would be far too much, wouldn't it?

Electro-Kevin said...

William - You have fifty seven years under your belt. That means you didn't make a bollocks of every important decision you've been faced with.

Thus far you've got all the really important ones right in fact. Especially if you drive a car or motorbike.

Bill Quango MP said...

Buy gold. At about the same time as Gordon was selling it.

But if you didn't have the cash to buy gold, then ...10 August 2012, €190,000,000 or £148,656,000, 1 UK ticket

Nip back to the Tuesday before and pick the winning numbers and pocket the £125,000,000 instead.

Wild Highlander said...

Does it work the other way around. I would love the opportunity to come back for 10 mins in 50 years time and check that my girls were happy with their choices. 5 mins with each would certainly exceed their current teenage conversational capabilities.

RMRayner said...

Ah but Dot-Com Towers was such a fun place!

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