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Rent-a-coffin

As you pick at the turkey left-overs, spare a thought for poor Venezuelans (a category that includes just about everybody right now), who can’t afford even to bury their dead.

What happens in a country such as Venezuela, which is suffering hyperinflation, i.e. inflation running at more than 50% per month? Annual inflation back in October was more than 60,000%; now it’s 1,300,000%. Or it was a couple of days ago – it’s probably more than that now.

In today’s Venezuela burials in the back garden are now commonplace; coffins are rented and re-used; corpses are being wrapped in plastic rubbish bags for burial.

A Venezuelan funeral today costs roughly 264 billion Bolivars. Or tuppence-ha’penny, that is, in old currency.