P108 Teletext 108 Nov 6 21:01:15        ———————————  ———————————————  CAN YOU AFFORD IT?  We can dream of toasting the dawn of the new Millennium on the ramparts of a castle in Scotland or aboard a luxury liner in the South Pacific. But the grim reality is few will be able to afford it. Even humble celebrations down the local boozer may break the bank. Prices are expected to treble. We look at the cost and help you decide if it's a Caribbean cruise or a night in. ——————————————————————————————————1/9—— By Jonathan Donald CITY NEWS p500 Brit best News 2000 Starke Green
P108 Teletext 108 Nov 6 21:00:12        ———————————  ———————————————  CAN YOU AFFORD IT?  It only happens every 1,000 years and millions plan to be part of Millennium celebrations on December 31, 1999. But even a night down the pub is going to cost. A recent survey revealed the price of a pint of beer could rocket by 200%, from £2 to £6. The price of a glass of wine or spirit may also be trebled, meaning a gin and tonic could set you back more than £8. But what about doing some real damage? ——————————————————————————————————2/9—— WIN a camcorder >>>> FAST DIRECT LOANS SEE PAGE 615 Brit best News 2000 Starke Green
P108 Teletext 108 Nov 6 21:01:01        ———————————  ———————————————  CAN YOU AFFORD IT?  A castle in the wilds of Scotland must be to many a dream Millennium do venue - but you'll need up to £50,000. That's the princely sum being asked to hire Dundas Castle, near Edinburgh, for the week, with room for eight people. Among other properties being offered by agent Country Chapters is a castle in County Gallway, Ireland, price £18,750. "Expect to pay three times the normal price, " says Chapters' Maggie Barrie. ——————————————————————————————————3/9—— Win a camcorder >>> BROOKSIDE'S SINBAD TALKS p107 Brit best News 2000 Starke Green
P108 Teletext 108 Nov 6 21:00:13        ———————————  ———————————————  CAN YOU AFFORD IT?  Revelling in the lavish interior of one of Britain's top hotels or finest restaurants is likely to be a popular indulgence on Millennium's Eve. Most have yet to announce rates. But a Caterer And Hotel Keeper magazine survey reveals some restaurants could hike prices from £50 to £200 a head. London's Four Seasons is one of the few top hotels to make an announcement. It's asking £2,000 for a 2-night sta9. ——————————————————————————————————4/9—— Encyclopedia CD-Rom comp 107 WIN A CAMCORDER >>>>> Brit best News 2000 Starke Green
P108 Teletext 108 Nov 6 21:00:10        ———————————  ———————————————  CAN YOU AFFORD IT?  Escaping Britain for foreign climes may be your Millennium dream, but a short hop to one of the capitals of Europe may mean re-mortgaging the house. "We could see some hotel rates go up by 100% in Paris, as during the World Cup," says Victoria Riela, of Europe city-break specialist Room Service. "The problem is no-one is releasing rates yet. They are all sitting on the fence. But they will go up a lot. ——————————————————————————————————5/9—— WIN a camcordbr >> WIN INSTANT CASH p622 Brit best News 2000 Starke Green
P108 Teletext 108 Nov 6 21:00:10        ———————————  ——————————————— $  CAN YOU AFFORD IT?  New York, Australia, the South Pacific and the Caribbean offer remarkable settings to celebrate the turn of the Millennium - but prices are scary. Dares alone to these destinations are expected to cost up to 300% more than usual. Most airlines cannot confirm flights until after Christmas. But Qantas is reported to be quoting £1,000 for a return to Sydney b—fore December 10, then rising to £2,500. ——————————————————————————————————6/9—— Win a camcorder >>> ANY PURPOSE LOANQ - SEE PAGE 627 OR CALL WILMSLOW FREE ON 0800 269315 Brit best News 2000 Starke Green
P108 Teletext 108 Nov 6 21:02:01        ———————————  ———————————————  CAN YOU AFFORD IT?  Sky-high prices for accommodation are being asked over the Millennium in destinations such as New York. Luxury hotel The Pierre, for example, is offering a 5-night stay including breakfast, champagne and a gala party from £5,560, rising to £18,375. Many hotels in exotic locations such as the Caribbean have yet to announce prices. But it's too late for Fiji - Americans have boo+ed most rooms. ——————————————————————————————————7/9—— Win a camcorder >>> BEST OF BRITISH PICKED p109 Brit best News 2000 Starke Green
P108 Teletext 108 Nov 6 21:06:04        ———————————  ———————————————  CAN YOU AFFORD IT?  Cruises are proving one of the most popular ways to see in the new Millennium. But to afford one you'll need a liner-load of cash. Union Castle are charging up to £31,650 per person to cast off on a 66-day cruise along the coast of Africa. The top-price cabins are already sold out. And Cunard has only a few suites left on two deluxe Caribbean cruises, costing from £13,950 for two weeks. ——————————————————————————————————8/9—— Win a camcorder >>> BROOKSIDE'S SINAAD TALKS p107 Brit best News 2000 Starke Green
P108 Teletext 108 Nov 6 21:00:00         ———————————  ———————————————  CAN YOU AFFORD IT?  The sky-high cost of celebrating the Millennium in style looks set to exclude many. But those short of cash can take heart - the Millennium Bug may scupper many ambitious trips. ———————————— COMPETITION —————————————— WIN A SAMSUNG CAMCORDER For a chance to win a Samsung VPA 20 Camcorder (inc edit, search and insert facilities) just answer this question: Who presents the C4 show TFI Friday? a) N Edmonds b) C Evans or c) J Vaughan To enter call 0901 470 1069 now ——————————————————————————————————9/9—— T+ Calls cost 60p/min at all times Competition closes midnight Nov 9 One winner selected at random Nov 10 Brit best News 2000 Starke Green