Try again. No longer do the Brits have a strangle hold on being the domain for expensive real estate. There is that T.V program on BBC (in the mornings if I remember correctly) that shows English families wanting to migrate to and buy a house in Australia. And now, English families are more inclined to stay in England as homes and land are too expensive or that they didn't make the margin between what they sell for in England and purchase in Australia that they once made and don't see much value in the move anyway... But I digress and getting back to the point that some of you are making with respect to the cost of living pressures on you which impacts your ability to tip, my only comment to that would be to compare it to the US and the point that tipping is only done in countries to which the practice is 'ingrained'. I mean BAs who are living in the US are facing the same cost pressures comparatively speaking when taking into account the wage discrepancies and costs of goods and services in the respective countries yet they still overcome these pressures and tip. Yes it is ingrained and instilled into them but there is also, from my way of thinking, an understanding on their part that bar workers get paid so little that they nearly have an obligation to supplement their income with a percentage tip based on a sliding scale of service or a set tip. This is something that I believe that, despite it being against the British drinking culture, that the Brits now have to do for their local bar workers.