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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11675 on: January 11, 2020, 06:09:56 pm »
I paid in cash for my check up in sixpences and threepenny bits. My cheque book is elsewhere. Of course, the usual, nearby ATM was out of action so I had to dash to the other, distant one to get the cash out, thus almost making me late for Martin.
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11676 on: January 11, 2020, 08:40:56 pm »
Oh, and enter the 21st century and start accepting card payments. Nobody uses cheques these days for such things. Unless you're called Rees-Mogg, of course.
Is your dentist's fee in guineas?

I do recall a previous dentist charging that way in the '70s.

J has alway accepted my credit and debit cards.

Just as well as I can't hold a pen.

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11677 on: January 11, 2020, 08:43:00 pm »
That's a useful reminder of just how far in the past the 70s actually are.
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11678 on: January 11, 2020, 08:56:28 pm »
That's a useful reminder of just how far in the past the 70s actually are.

As is Young People using "the 90s" to perform the same syntactic function as I'd use "the 70s" (roughly approximating as "time shortly before I was born when technology was primitive and people seemed to spend most of their time smoking and being shockingly racist/sexist/homophobic")
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11679 on: January 11, 2020, 08:57:02 pm »
... and how OLD I am! I'm still deluded about being ''young' but legally became an adult in the '70s

which started 50 years ago.

WHAT?!?!

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11680 on: January 11, 2020, 09:07:47 pm »
That's a useful reminder of just how far in the past the 70s actually are.

As is Young People using "the 90s" to perform the same syntactic function as I'd use "the 70s" (roughly approximating as "time shortly before I was born when technology was primitive and people seemed to spend most of their time smoking and being shockingly racist/sexist/homophobic")
Some of that sounds like "the near future".  >:(
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« Reply #11681 on: January 12, 2020, 12:20:01 pm »
That's a useful reminder of just how far in the past the 70s actually are.
Tell me about it.  I left Uni in the 70's and I have 2 classic Triumph motorcycles, both from the early 70's, nearly 50 years old now...... That's a fair while ago.

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11682 on: January 12, 2020, 01:25:05 pm »
... and how OLD I am! I'm still deluded about being ''young' but legally became an adult in the '70s

which started 50 years ago.

WHAT?!?!
It's more about generations, I think. If your dentist in the 70s was 50, he grew up at a time when using guineas was probably quite ordinary.
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11683 on: January 12, 2020, 01:43:50 pm »
It'll be the 50th anniversary of currency decimalisation next year! I do recall the build up to it, which does date me...
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11684 on: January 12, 2020, 02:09:16 pm »
The build-up?  I was a lowly programmer at the time, but I managed to wangle a course in Eindhoven at the right moment and some other guy had to convert my progs from £sd to £p.

---o0o---

Anyway, my grumble involves missing a perfect cycling day yesterday to care of post-operative dog, while the promised weather for today didn't materialize so I'm going stir crazy. Tomorrow being Monday my favourite patisserie will be closed. :(
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11685 on: January 12, 2020, 03:40:49 pm »
It'll be the 50th anniversary of currency decimalisation next year! I do recall the build up to it, which does date me...

I collected dinner money for the Kosher meals, which were 1/9 each, so 8/9 per week. I was thrilled when handed a NEW! 50p piece instead of the old ten-bob note in 1969...

Full decimalisation was 15 February 1971, only known as D-Day for a short time.

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11686 on: January 12, 2020, 03:43:56 pm »
Why do I keep reading 'currency decriminalisation'?
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« Reply #11687 on: January 12, 2020, 04:24:15 pm »
Guilty conscience?
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11688 on: January 12, 2020, 04:24:39 pm »
Why do I keep reading 'currency decriminalisation'?
That stash of fifties under the sofa...
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11689 on: January 12, 2020, 04:42:16 pm »
Full decimalisation was 15 February 1971, only known as D-Day for a short time.

I remember the ads on the telly that instructed the elderly to "give more, get change", a great recipe for getting rooked.
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« Reply #11690 on: January 12, 2020, 05:00:06 pm »
It'll be the 50th anniversary of currency decimalisation next year! I do recall the build up to it, which does date me...

I remember the school maths books talking about "new pence" a lot.  From context, I deduced that this meant the plastic ones you used for doing maths exercises in primary school, while "old pence" (usually referred to as just "pence" or "p") were the ones you used to pay for things in shops.

Which probably dates me.
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11691 on: January 12, 2020, 05:17:09 pm »
Why do I keep reading 'currency decriminalisation'?
That stash of fifties under the sofa...
The printing press in the cellar...
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11692 on: January 12, 2020, 05:19:21 pm »
You didn't notice that on the "old pence" used in shops it said "new pence"?

In thinking "shouldn't you have been noticing old/new Gambian <whatever>" I looked it up and, yes, Gambia's currency decimalised at the same time and it's yet another named after that German valley.
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The dalasi is the currency of the Gambia that was adopted in 1971. It is subdivided into 100 bututs. It replaced the Gambian pound at a rate of 1 pound = 5 dalasis, i.e. 1 dalasi = 0.2 pound = 4 shillings.

The name derives from dala, a nickname of the 5 French West African franc note, which in turn derived from "dollar"[1], while butut is from Wolof butuut, "small thing".[2]
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11693 on: January 12, 2020, 05:55:21 pm »
You didn't notice that on the "old pence" used in shops it said "new pence"?

Eventually.  Possibly after someone explained shillings.

Actually, when did they stop saying "new pence"?  Was it before the various coin shrinkages?


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In thinking "shouldn't you have been noticing old/new Gambian <whatever>"

I didn't really develop an awareness of money until we were back in the UK.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

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« Reply #11694 on: January 12, 2020, 06:20:28 pm »
Yes, I think it was before they launched the sensibly sized fives and tens.

Ed: Actually it was 1982, at last for the coppers.
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By 1982 the coins were no longer new so the word was dropped, and the 2p design changed from ‘New Pence’ to ‘Two Pence’.
https://www.changechecker.org/2019/08/19/new-pence-two-pence-how-much-is-the-1983-2p-worth/
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11695 on: January 12, 2020, 10:24:18 pm »
I grew up using the what was marked as a one or two shilling coin as a five or ten new pence piece. I may still have one or two around. 

My dad educate me on the old money, imagine my confusion as an eight year old in Austria?
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11696 on: January 12, 2020, 11:27:06 pm »
Full decimalisation was 15 February 1971, only known as D-Day for a short time.

I remember the ads on the telly that instructed the elderly to "give more, get change", a great recipe for getting rooked.

My grandmother, who was nearly 73 at the time, had no difficulty. She was numerate and had used decimal currencies elsewhere. My 'Uncle Louis', who was 95 could not really cope.

I was a numerate pre-teen, who was fine with both systems. Mars bars' price seemed to hike...

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« Reply #11697 on: January 13, 2020, 08:46:15 am »
My brother turned 70 t'other day; in the card I taped a 1950 florin - he'd sent me a penny for my seventieth!

Saturday before change a chippy in Teflon charged 6d for chips; following Saturday the same sign had the ascender scribbled out and a descender appended to make 6p. If we hadn't been so damned hungry we'd have gone elsewhere.
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11698 on: January 13, 2020, 10:44:43 am »
Feck this much needed holipop is going well.

Our van broke down just before = costly. Rental van = cost

Storm one nearly caused us not to get to the destination.

Now we found out why Peli has woken up in the midst of a asthma attack twice (first night we were sure it was just the journey up and a new place since it wasn't bad, second night it was serious), the rental got black mould.

Can't get off the island cause storm two will hang around until Wednesday.

Rental place is trying to find a new place for us.

What next ...
#bollockstobrexit

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11699 on: January 13, 2020, 03:02:30 pm »
Time to pay tribute to the late Neil Innes by watching "All You Need Is Cash".  Skip, jump, pause.  Piss.  The DVD is fscked.  Unless it's a hardware issue.

"The Pink Floyd Story" does not display anything at all.  A still-had-the-cellophane-on-it "All You Need Is Love" likewise.  Probably hardware then.  Arse.
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