Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Trade

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

I can’t sleep, and I’ve got NAFTA on my mind. I won’t claim that the two are correlated, but when did that ever stop someone writing a blog post?

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Currency

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

A couple of weeks ago, I returned to Scotland, because where else is better to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? As with all of my northern sojourns, my chief concern was returning with fistfuls of “queer Scotch money” that I’d be unable to spend in Cambridge. My anxiety was heightened by an article in the Sunday Times that detailed how the Sheraton Hong Kong charges a different (and poorer) rate to exchange Scottish banknotes.

You can imagine my amusement, then, as I stuffed my face at the Glasgow Airport Burger King, and watched as the till operator refused a new £20 Bank of England note, as “it doesn’t say ‘Sterling’ on it.” Oh such irony that this should be  the first English note to depict a Scotsman.

It’s just too bad the person affected was a bemused foreign tourist instead of an ignorant southern shopworker, but voyeurs can’t be choosers….

Flag Day

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Tomorrow marks the start of the first World Cup during which I will have day-to-day business with “English People”. Needless to say, this development puts me in something of a pickle.

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