Recalling that my parents bought our Geoff's piano for £12 made me wonder how much that would be in today's money so I had a look at This is Money website and according to their inflation calculator £12 would now be £203. That's just over two weeks' Retirement Pension these days.
Whilst there I found this graphic showing comparitive prices over the last 49 years. The most frightening price rise is for fish and chips which has risen by 7,400%. Caramba!