Originally Posted by HarryT
There's been a pretty significant rise in the value of the Pound against the US Dollar over the last couple of weeks. That probably accounts for at least some of the apparent difference.
Thats why sometimes it works to pay things in USD - you get the benefit of strengthening prices in your own currency against the USD. Australia is doing better at the moment, but in May this year it dropped 10 cents (10%) in a week! Now it is back again.