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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted December 23, 2009 17:09      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Both countries speak (almost) the same language, so sometimes people forget just how different the USA and UK are...

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I guess having Darwin on the note explains why it is called a specimen? [Razz]
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____ Halfvast, over here we believe in god we trust, over there they have a Health Care System that works.

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Ever read "Waiting for the Knock", by Richard Stallman?
http://www.stallman.org/knock.html

In spite of that, I still prefer Darwin to the Bible god.

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So the real difference is that you Brits glorify a man who's cousin basically invented eugenics?. YOU HATE MONGERS!

I think the biggest difference that irks me is that in America "soccer" is still a less popular sport. Its catching on, though. My team actually won the championship this year. GO REAL SALT LAKE! Also, GO WEST HAM!

Oh, and in England, you have alot of good skinhead rock and ska bands, whereas over here, "skinhead" is a bad word, and good ska bands are hard to find. RIP JUDGE DREAD.

I can't be mad at England.. You guys gave the world the Small Faces, Judge Dread, skinhead culture, Depeche Mode, Morrissey, Rod Stewart, Superyob, and so much more.. [Smile]

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Bull3t; don't get yourself into trouble. Skinhead is a term frowned upon in polite British discourse.

Also, you might want a refresher on the difference between England and Britain. Rod Stewart would certainly never describe himself as English. I'm pretty sure Morrisey would also be upset, but then he's always whining about something, isn't he? [Wink]

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Forgive me, forgive me..

Especially to MOZ, who I forever have a man crush on.

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There's an excellent point to what you posted, TFD. Specifically: American currency looks BORING.

It's basically a monochrome design; the addition of new background color washes to the $5, $10, and $20 notes helps a bit, but the portraits and pictures are still monochrome...nothing like that gloriously-colored hummingbird-and-flowers on the tenner you posted.

Same thing with Euro notes, which I've seen and handled, as I made sure Pamela was supplied with some before she left for Finland. Even though they have just abstract windows and bridges on them, they're still way more colorful...and they have the added feature of being different sizes for different denominations. (How well that works out in practice, I don't know.)

Ah well, one may hope...

(Incidentally, don't those ten-pound notes still say "Elizabeth II, D.G. Regina"? That is, "Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen"? Or did they take that off? I can't tell from the teeny little images on the Bank of England's Web site.)

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quote:
Originally posted by Erbo:
There's an excellent point to what you posted, TFD. Specifically: American currency looks BORING.

Quite agree, most boring banknotes ever.
Looks like cheap monopoly-money.


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(Incidentally, don't those ten-pound notes still say "Elizabeth II, D.G. Regina"? That is, "Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen"?

Nope. (large, slow loading image)

You may be thinking of the coins...
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One other difference in the notes is that pound notes also vary in size so that they're easier to use when you're partially sighted (same with UK coins too).

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As many of you will know by now, I am happy to be labelled as a tree-hugging lefty and, as such, I have no real sense of patriotism...everybody has to be born somewhere and the "where" is completely arbitrary.

BUT...I do think that English banknotes are amongst the best designed in the world. The previous iteration was very good, but the current designs are streets ahead of anything else I have seen.

And it is not just our banknotes - a recent revision of the design of our coins is quite stunning.


And the nicest thing is that these designs were produced on a mac - there was a specific article in MacFormat magazine but I cannot find it online  -

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quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:

And the nicest thing is that these designs were produced on a mac - there was a specific article in MacFormat magazine but I cannot find it online [

Which reinforces my argument that Macs are used by people who want to make money [Smile]

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While the redesign of the British coinage is nice, it would be a bit more practical if it had numbers on. "5" is a lot easier to understand than "Five" for non-native speakers.
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quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
While the redesign of the British coinage is nice, it would be a bit more practical if it had numbers on. "5" is a lot easier to understand than "Five" for non-native speakers.

excellent point, when I was living in america, the best job my wife cold find with her education was as a bank teller (not that a bank teller job is a bad job,just that it does not require a university degree). anyways the night before she was to start I found out that she didn't know the difference beween a nickle and a dime (she is not american). She thought she could just look at the nuber on the coins to tell them apart and I told her that doesn't work. well then I informed her the differences and she was saved an embarassing first day.

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Actually, the counterpoint from an American perspective is that 'colorful' money looks like Monopoly money, and we like our greenbacks. A briefcase full of colorful money just looks silly in a grizzly crime flick. [Wink]

The back of the new $5 is just plain nutty. :/

I suppose the new bills are clever and interesting, but I really don't need my money to be interesting...just useful. [Smile] (OTOH, I've taken to getting some $2 bills from my bank - kinda handy, and they surprise people at times. Fortunately, I've yet to receive a 'that's not real money' reaction from anyone.)

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