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