Pity me and all other men with an inside leg measurement of 30 inches, at least those of us who do not wear their trouser bottoms stacked up on their shoes.
We are a group excluded from the standard UK measuring system for trousers and it means that each time that we buy a pair of trousers, they have to be either 29", thus too short, or 31", which are too long.
It is because of this sad fact, that my trousers always cost me an extra £10, which is the amount my kindly Polish Tailoress charges for shortening them. In fact, she seems to charge £10 for any job regardless, I suppose on the basis that being a new arrival into this country, and not being totally au fait with the language and currency it makes life somewhat easier.
Anyway, what is to be done about us poor souls, it was after all simply an accident of birth and yet we seem to have been ostracized by society and condemned to pay £10 forever to get the things shortened, that is until my lovely Polish friend decides to increase her rate to another nice round figure, say £15!!!!!!
M&S need to know about our plight, as it is now possible that we of the 30inch leg are no longer in a minority and a revision of their merchandising policy might now be appropriate. Which I know might put my tailoress out of business but.........and then again, thinking about it, perhaps stack heels on our shoes is the answer.