Our au­tumn 1977 is­sue guided you through hir­ing a body­guard in Bo­gota

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IN THE AU­TUMN 1977 is­sue we in­formed read­ers of the cost of body­guard hire in Bo­gota – a rea­son­able £25 a day. Ac­cord­ing to our re­port, the Colom­bian cap­i­tal was “a fas­ci­nat­ing city where vi­o­lence reigns but where the Bri­tish busi­ness­man can pick up new busi­ness due to an econ­omy which has been boosted by in­creased cof­fee prices.” Thank­fully, as our Septem­ber 2018 is­sue high­lighted, the city is much changed, though cof­fee is still one of the most im­por­tant ex­ports.

Else­where, we looked at the find­ings of the CBI West Euro­pean liv­ing costs sur­vey and ad­vised you what to buy where. A two-piece off-thepeg lounge suit could cost just £68 in Spain, while in Bel­gium it might be around £150. Back then a packet of cig­a­rettes was 40p in Italy and Spain, but at least dou­ble that in Den­mark.

More sage ad­vice, in a fea­ture about mo­tor­ing abroad, in­cluded be­ing care­ful to avoid en­gine dam­age when driv­ing in West Ger­many where they used “fuel con­tain­ing less lead than petrol sold any­where else in Eu­rope.” The piece also gave the low­down on drink-drive lim­its and the penal­ties. “Nor­we­gians get a 21-day jail sen­tence – and usu­ally serve it dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days so they don’t have to tell their work col­leagues.”

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