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A "prominent British scientist" will be the face on the new £50 note. pic.twitter.com/HJP6Jxcs0H — Oonagh (@Okeating) November 2, 2018 Feature image by Howard Lake under this creative commons license

Weekly Wage Slip 1984

Found a weekly wage slip for 1984. Mostly overtime with some bonus back pay. Barely over two pounds an hour which yielded £83.15 per week for 39 hours. A bonus of just over £35 probably means that target culture existed even then or more likely some jobs were still given X number of hours via…

Affirmations Of The Special

I saw a tweet (I know, I know) by Alain De Botton (shush now) which seems to have since been deleted and which I obviously now can’t quote verbatim. From memory it said something similar to  saying that society might be better off if people who felt themselves to be special did not feel that…

Banking For Bankrupts?

The news that the Co-op bank in the UK has ceased offering a basic bank account for undischarged bankrupts means that only Barclays will continue to offer such a banking facility. So what are the options for anyone going through the personal bankruptcy process and desperately needing a basic bank account . The way I…

Robin Hood Robin Hood Riding Through The Bank

A rare example of humanistic altruism in the now much hated world of banking comes from Germany. Erika Schmidt, the manager of a bank branch in Germany was found to be transferring money from rich clients into the accounts of those who were heavily in debt. Her lawyer said that “she couldn’t bear to see…

Cloned Cards And The Return Of Cash

The rise of credit and debit card fraud, skimming and card cloning has increased the use of cash transactions after years of a slow move to the cashless society. In common with many places in the UK a nearby garage had been cloning customer cards and its more common to hear of people who get…