I’m not that big a Plonker

I received a letter from the University of Central England yesterday. Dear Mr West, it said…

I am delighted to invite you to a very special event taking place at the conservatoire next week. Steinway & Sons and the Birmingham Conservatoire have developed a special alliance to provide you with a remarkable opporunity to acquire a Steinway, Boston or Essex piano at a substantially reduced price.

How on Earth did I get onto this particular mailing list? I looked up the ‘standard’ price of new Steinways, and they’re between ten and fifteen thousand pounds. Much as I’d like a lovely piano, I don’t have that kind of spare cash, even with a ‘substantially reduced price’. Nice to be asked, though!