We've had the one shilling loaf, the Pounds 2 gallon of petrol and now . . . the Pounds 1,000 seminar on quality in education.
But you only get what you pay for. And with senior chief inspector Douglas Osler, his quality supremo Archie McGlynn and his Edinburgh ambassador Harvey Stalker all making a contribution, could anyone honestly say that Pounds 1,130 was not worth it (apart from the usual carping voices desperate to lay their hands on the odd thousand to eke out a meagre staff development budget)?
It is clearly no ordinary seminar, this seven-day British Council venture in November on "assuring quality and bringing about improvement in schools: linking internal and external evaluation through a national system". For a start participants will have to travel all the way to Edinburgh and, if they are really good, they will be in line for a seminar certificate and - wait for it - a group photograph.