‘Ridiculous food prices are costing working people an arm and a leg’ – Val Savage


In this week’s column, Val, the mother of Mirror columnist and soccer legend Robbie Savage, puts on her knickers for the price of a roast dinner and wants to bobsleigh at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Food prices are on the rise
Food prices are on the rise

A man named Clive paid £30 for a leg of lamb from Tesco and his wife’s anger went viral, as the cool youngsters say on Instagram.

She was so outraged that she later had to send a message confirming that ‘Clive is alive’.
I’m not surprised she was furious. THIRTY POUNDS? I’d like a whole sheep and a field of turnips for that.

Now I love a roast dinner more than most. Just thinking about the tender meat soaking up the sauce makes me drool. But come on, the prices are getting ridiculous.

I was going to get lyrical about how lamb can taste so delicious, and how beef tips in a stew pack just as much goodness. I was tempted to suggest putting lesser cuts of meat on a large pie to make a hearty meal for half the price.

The price of a roast dinner has also risen


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But then I stopped and thought: why, decades after our parents had rations, do we have to think this way?

Why do we put up with outrageous rises in commodity prices? Why are honest and hard-working people punished in the pocket and at the table?

My dad always said that every time budget announcements were made, workers were hit the hardest with the increase in the price of a pint and a pack of cigarettes. Now it’s food.

Thinking about it made me more angry than Clive’s wife.

Bittersweet moment for Her Majesty

Staying at the Wood Farm cottage in Sandringham in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of her father’s death next weekend will be an emotional one for the Queen as it is the first time she has been there without Prince Philip. I imagine it will feel comforting one moment, and heartbreaking the next. The rooms, the gardens, the views and even the smells will remind you of the good times you have spent there, but the people you shared them with are gone.

Loch Lomond is the special place where Colin and I spend our special moments. Every year I asked her if she would like to spend a holiday in Portugal or Loch Lomond, and she always chose Scotland.

We loved everything about our trips there, from the long drive with our Motown music, the Scotch eggs, and the travel tin of candy.

We would always stop at Tebay services which has beautiful scenery, turkey pot pie to die for and a farm shop.

Queen Elizabeth II photographed in November 2019


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We stayed in a cozy hostel, where even a cup of tea or a Chinese takeaway seemed to taste better.

We walked through the wilderness for miles, spotting red deer, and ended up in little tea shops where it would have been rude not to order cake. Sometimes we would drive to explore the surroundings and get lost, in the days before satellite navigation, but somehow we always found a warm and welcoming pub.

Colin loved the easy pace and peace of our vacation there. And loved how everything about the place made us feel so relaxed and happy.

I start to cry a little when Loch Lomond comes on TV. So I remind myself that I was lucky to have had such a fantastic time there.

Tebay Services has beautiful landscaping


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Solo Blooming Birthday

While Boris threw a party for his birthday, I spent mine alone. My two children bought me flowers and left them at the end of the road because we would not have dreamed of breaking the social distancing laws.

I am too tired to be angry. Listening to all the political bickering has left me tired and exhausted. Instead, I just wish that all sides of the political spectrum would come together and get our country working again.

Val Savage received flowers for his birthday


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Drama a real explosion

It can be hard to stay awake in January when it’s a long, gray, wet anticlimax.

But an explosion scene in the new TV series Trigger Point made me jump out of my skin. My eyes widened so much that I felt more awake than I had in weeks.

Vicky McClure as Lana Washington and Adrian Lester as Joel Nutkins in Trigger Point



Who are you talking to?

Elegant new research says that many British phrases are no longer used because younger generations are baffled.

What a bunch of codswallop. Whoever took the survey needs to listen to my daily conversation with my friend Beryl because we use these kinds of phrases all the time. I say this as a woman who still calls those sweets Opal Fruits and will never say Starburst.

So here’s my guide to those sayings that have youngsters’ panties in a spin.

Whipping a dead horse means there’s no point in arguing anymore, that’s what I say every time I talk to our Robert because he never pays attention.

I’m fit for the skinner’s garden means every part of me is falling apart and of no use to anyone, that’s how I describe myself these days.

‘Out of order’ notices pasted on toll barriers at the entrance to toilets at London’s Victoria Station



Dropping a clanger is a less elegant way of saying I made a misstep, something my friends say I do every day.

No wonder no one understands that ‘spending a penny’ means going to the toilet because now they usually cost a pound.

And a dog’s dinner is what I create every time I try to cook.

But I have no idea where ‘dumb as a paintbrush’ comes from, or why my friends use it every time they talk about me.

Bobsleigh, the coolest sport

The Australian Open tennis has turned my body clock upside down because I’m glued to the cover.

Soon I will be fascinated by the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Bobsledding is my favourite. My friend Janet and I thought if we could get into one, we’d take it down faster than anyone else. But we would laugh so hysterically that there would have to be room in my skin-tight racing suit for a Tena Lady.

If you wish to write to Val, please email [email protected] or write to Val Savage, PO Box 7290, E14 5DD

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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