Tomorrow the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England begins its deliberations at its 100th meeting.
Homeowners and industrialists will be hoping to join the anniversary celebrations buoyed by a cut in interest rates.
For while Mervyn King & Co have kept rates static at 4.75 per cent, the cries for some relief have grown louder and louder.
Any cut would represent the first change in base rates for a year and first reduction in two years - and would not before time.
The economy has slowed, and rampant housing inflation of the last few years has eased.
So instead of boom and bust, we seem to be managing one of the most unusual economic phenomena - a relatively soft landing.
Meanwhile, out there in the rest of the world, things haven't been quite so soft.
On the high street, consumer confidence has started to waver, with people finally grasping that their endless, credit fuelled shopping binges are beginning to cost them a bit more.
And when the retailers find the going tough, we have to take notice.
After all it is the consumer spending boom, fuelled by large amounts of equity acquired from the property boom, which has kept Britain away from the shark infested waters of recession ridden Europe.
But without the endless consumers buying endless products and services, the whole economy could flounder and fall.
And what about the poor manufacturers who rely on selling their products abroad?
Britain may boost world beating brands when it comes to quality, but so many of them have struggled in export markets because of price.
High interest rates mean a stronger pound, mean our exports are more expensive and uncompetitive.
We keep hearing about value added and high skill manufacturing being the only hope for UK firms if they are to compete with the huge scale and cheap labour rates of China and India.
But so many firms have been deterred from investing in their future because of, you've guessed it, interest rates.
The rates haven't been that high, especially when compared to previous periods, but they have affected confidence.
Still, the MPC's decision may not be a foregone conclusion.
Louise Beard, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "Two months ago I thought there were very clear signs that we would see a rate cut - but in August - and I still feel that is imperative.
"There is no doubt that retail figures continue to be in decline but mortgage approvals have begun to rise and there have been some encouraging signs in the international economy - and that may have tempered some economists' desire to cut rates.
"But I don't believe those signs are anything like strong enough and we know from feedback from our members, that a cut would be extremely welcome."
So go on Merv, give us a reason to remember your 100th anniversary bash.