According to the book Get Carter (originally Jack's Return Home) which was published about 1970, a pint of beer cost one shilling and ten pence, which I reckon is about 9 new pence. A weekend's rent in a cheap guest house cost 50 shillings, which is £2.50 in new money. I reckon inflation has gone up 40x, maybe more. In the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which first came out as a radio broadcast in 1978, Ford Prefect could buy ten pints of beer and six packets of crisps for less than a fiver. So what's that, 40p for a pint of beer and 15p for a packet of crisps? So inflation went up 4x between 1970 and 1978. That would mean inflation has increased about 10x since 1978 and I am a bit surprised about that. The 70s was the decade of high inflation, but it has not been as high since then. I reckon inflation has at least doubled since I started work about 1989. A pint of beer reached £2 in the early 90s. So did inflation increase another 5x between 1978 and say, 1992?