The Money Shot - struggling with smuggling

Budgie smugglers
Budgie smuggling - stop this barbarism now
"Smuggling can obviously lead to criminal charges which could make it difficult to travel to other countries in the future," Caroline Lloyd,
  • | by Kristian Dando

Did you watch Jamaica Inn on the telly? If you're into costume dramas, you probably did.

If you made it past the mumbling, it was a lavish adaptation of the book of the same name which concerns the smuggling trade in Cornwall 'back in the day'. And, never one to miss a chance to shamelessly hitch itself to a passing bandwagon, it's got the Money Shot thinking about contraband.

Fortunately, the survey jockeys at have put together a poll on latter-day smuggling, and the results may cause you some alarm.

It turns out that one in five people surveyed admitted to smuggling tabs, booze and live animals through customs. We've even heard shocking reports of people smuggling live budgies in tight swimming trunks (pictured), a truly barbaric practice - the RSPB must do something at once.

The survey also found that men are more than twice as likely to sneak something past customs as women, and pensioners are three times more likely to get away with it than young people.

One particularly concerning fact gleaned from the survey was that holidaymakers are equally as likely to smuggle knives or guns back into the country as they are 'rhythm' vids - weapons and porn were the joint 10th most-smuggled items, with 4% of respondents saying they'd managed to get them through the 'Nothing to Declare' aisle, and over half of the people saying they'd do it again.

Caroline Lloyd,'s resident travel buff, mulled: "Understanding what you can and can't take through customs can be a complicated business, but to learn that one in five UK holidaymakers had knowingly smuggled cigarettes, alcohol and other goods through customs was a shock.

"Although most holidaymakers caught out by customs officials either paid the duty, had their goods confiscated or received a caution, more serious smuggling can obviously lead to criminal charges which could make it difficult to travel to other countries in the future."

Anyway, here's a list of the goods most frequently smuggled by UK holidaymakers, should you be interested.

  1. Cigarettes (46%)
  2. Alcohol (29%)
  3. Cigars and other tobacco products (25%)
  4. Perfume and after-shave (15%)
  5. Electronic gadgets (13%)
  6. Controlled foods such as fruit, vegetables and meat products (10%)
  7. Cash (9%)
  8. Marijuana and other controlled drugs (6%)/Live plants (6%)
  9. Live animals (4%)/Pornography (4%)/Weapons (4%)

Short change: Money news in brief

Rumours are rife amongst economists that the Bank of England might raise the base rate of interest sooner rather than later in order to 'cool' the rapidly heating property market, according to the Daily Mail.

Specialist insurer Rias revealed a bevy of bizarre insurance claims, including a case of a badger being trapped in a shed and bashing a hole through the wall to escape.

The Association of British Insurers has reported a £30 month-by-month drop in the price of car insurance during 2014.

Holidaymakers are chucking an average of £13 down the drain by buying their currency at the airport, according to the Post Office.

On Covered mag this week

We've seen the future of vans, and it looks a bit like this.

DIY: It might as well stand for "darned injured, yo" reckons Abbie Laughton-Coles.

Emily Bater gives you the dos and don'ts of booking a last-minute holiday.

Here are a few suggestions on how to get the best out of your credit card.

And finally

"Life begins at 40," goes the well-worn adage, but a recent survey has found this old chestnut to be five years wide of the mark.

Indeed, the survey carried out by mature dating site Love Begins found that people are generally happiest at the age of 45.

Samantha Bedford, a spokesperson for the agency, plugged: "It is not about fading into grey, it is about moving into a new stage of life, post-children and preparing to try something new."

Join us NEXT WEEK for another THRILLING instalment of THE MONEY SHOT.