Friday, August 04, 2006

A Patriotic(?) Purchase

Last night I delved deep and splashed out on a very special purchase: Two bananas. Two. They cost me $2.25 each. The humble banana has been raised to treat status here in Australia due to freak summer hurricanes earlier this year destroying a large percentage of Queensland's banana crops. It is possible, if you drive 100km and wear dark clothes in a back alley, to get bananas for as little as $12 per kilo, however at my local friendly fruit shop I had to settle for $14.90. (Is that expensive? you non-aussies ask, Well I think apples are still about $3 p/kilo if that helps).

This golden purchase, however has a deeper significance. Apart from my glowing pride that I walked past a lot of chocolate on the way to the fruit shop, the buying of bananas has taken on important economic significance. The Reserve Bank this week announced an interest rate rise, and warned that another could be expected before the end of the year. The Economy is crumbling and what is to blame? BANANAS. Yup, straight from Johnny's lips.

Now here's my question (as I don't claim to know anything about economics): When I buy extortionately over-priced bananas am I harming the economy or helping it. Obviously I want to do the best I can for my country *stands with back straight and hand over heart*.

Here's a pic of my coveted second banana:


At 5:54 am, Blogger Sue said...

Hmmmm, brings back echoes of Paul Keating's banana republic goof. I feel I should apologise... I left 2 bananas in my drawer at work, they're going to be black and nasty by Tuesday when I go back in. They certainly didn't cost me as much as yours cost you. There are some benefits to being an ex-pat far from home then! :-)

At 9:32 am, Blogger Badger said...

Who would've thought bananas could cause so much trouble?!

At 11:31 pm, Anonymous Amanda Cathleen said...

Holy CRAP! That is one extremely expensive banana! I never though of them to be a troublesome fruit. Now the kiwi or starfuit, them yes they could be troublesome. But banana's???
Don't tell me your on a diet!! ppplllleeeeaasseee!! pppllleeasseee!!!!

At 7:08 am, Blogger DianeM said...

Nup, not on a diet, even if I was it wouldn't apply to chocolate ;-)


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