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I have never been much of an investor, but I bought the minimum allocation of shares in British Telecommunications when it floated. I put the share certificate away in a drawer and forgot about it for years.

Recently, I dug it out and checked the share price, and I'm happy to report that my shares would buy me a good few more beers now than the money I originally invested would have done back then.

GG, Hampshire

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