THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

The proverb "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" was at one time universally accepted in Malta and was used pictorially by Victoria Hotspurs to indicate that they were a club that dealt in the here-and-now, the nitty-gritty of reality, rather than pipe-dreams and Five Year Plans. However, when the island nation experienced a period of high inflation in the mid-1950s, the proverb was altered by the government to the more accurate "a bird in the hand is worth 0.35 in the bush" and then to "…0.2 in the bush", before, finally, the country was forced to withdraw from IPERM (the International Proverb Exchange-Rate Mechanism) altogether. Read more

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