Saturday, 1 August 2015

2.8.45. Phenomenally cool day, & little rain. Porridge breakfast, rice & greens tiffin & rice & a pot for tea. I like the new rice which is big grained & very white. It does not “bulk up” much in cooking & so most people in camp think that somehow & somewhere they are being swindled out of part of their ration, & they come to the store in droves wanting to know the exact figures of this & that, & the slide rules are running hot. Sugar ration of 7oz per head issued today & was changing hands at 20Yen an ounce. Price of whitebait from traders is up to 240Yen a pound. The “Galpin rate” is 50Yen to the £1 sterling.


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