Gloria up to Gateshead for a professional appraisal. It's probably good money after bad but imagine if Gloria could be made to be the best she's ever been, what then eh?
1 there is no such thing as good money in this context. Or bad - it's all money. But it's only money. Take heart, you're not getting ripped off, but is the a wise way to spend the money? I think that we are supporting both the tradition and the craftsmen in the process.
2 Gateshead is a great place to get value for money. I have learnt and paid relatively little for the learning.
I live with the knowledge that I have saved from skips things of beauty, when really they should have been skipped. But they are alive and well now and that is a real consolation.
One day I should be skipped and hopefully someone will pull me from the ashes and polish me up. I hear the cries of 'too late, too late'.