"(until I'd fed sufficient pound notes through the doors to the PFY)"
I didn't realise this was set in the 70s.
There must be something in the water. I've got a shocking case of nominal amnesia which I can't shake and the PFY just isn't helping. True, being locked in a lift for several hours (until I'd fed sufficient pound notes through the doors to the PFY) just prior to the holidays didn't help, but I'm never really any good at …
Try Scotland - we still use them here.....
I have to confess to changing passwords at the end of the year & having a moment of (mild) panic when I came back from holiday.. but then remembered the name of the git in personnel that installed 180solutions toolbar on his pc & it all came flooding back!
Thumbs up, cos it's all working (at the moment, anyway!)
"I was allowed a cattleprod at work. Would certainly liven Friday afternoons up. I'm thinking standing in the stairwell at basement level shocking the handrail which continuous metal all the way to the 8th floor at odd intervals would be fun."
Only, that wouldn't work at all. Nevermind though :P
I've been got with a cattle prod before, tingles a bit...
Just slang... like the guy who came to fix a window in my house recently asked if I'd be interested in "doing a deal for pound notes". By which, of course, he meant cash and off-the-books, rather than him fixing my window in return for a some out-of-use currency that I'm unlikely to have a large stack of.
If Mr Travaglia is still in charge of the systems at Waikato University in NZ, he's probably not completely up to speed with the currency in the UK ... although he does have a good grasp of the idea of drinking beer by the pint these days. Lager is consumed by the Litre back home, particularly in the Hillcrest Tavern (conveniently across the road from the Uni).
...at least thats where I met him in the early 90's. Must have only been BOFH in training back then as I don't recall anything untoward happening to my VAX account or any of my many print jobs while I was a student there.
It'd be interesting to find out what a £20 note is actually worth now against real world objects compared to the £1 when it left circulation... (ignoring the crap the government put out about inflation, excluding "major" factors such as the cost of fuel, which it has continually milked for additional tax)
I think my first pay packet as an apprentice in 1985 was for £192
Whenever I visit friends that have gone shandy drinking (i.e. now live down south) I always take one pound notes with me... It gives me so much pleasure when they try to figure out in shops a/ is it legal (yes) b/ where to put it in the till
I guess it a BOFH kinda thing ;-)
>Yeah, but the Scottish ones aren't real money.
I may be odd, but i actually keep Scottish notes specifically because they aren't legal tender and certain people(notably taxi's) don't accept them.
I have a great excuse, working for the bank of Scotland, so whenever i am in a group who gets a taxi, i'm always first to respond, 'don't worry, i'll get it' and hand over a Scottish tenner. 99 times out of a hundred it is refused and you can say 'sorry lads that's all I've got on me'
Actually, no, Scottish notes are not legal tender anywhere. That includes Scotland. The only reason they are accepted anywhere is to avoid the fuss that refusing them would cause.
The definition of legal tender is an interesting one; there are limits to the number of coins under £1 that can be used for a single transaction for example.
Andy S - ".....i actually keep Scottish notes specifically because they aren't legal tender...."
I think you'll find they are, as they are issued Sterling.
However it's amazing how often you can get a fiver's worth of change when paying with a Scottish £1 note.....
None of the posts seems to get the concept of maybe "pound" notes was just a shortcut for 5 pound, 10 pound, 20 pound. You know, a way of saying a mix of denominations until the PFY was satisfied, without the BofH really knowing for sure how much was passed through.
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