Visiting the UK - Where should I go?

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What should Xocrates visit

England (London)
3
23%
England (Other)
4
31%
Scotland (Edinburgh)
1
8%
Wales (Nukage optional)
1
8%
Nuke Northern Ireland/Sharks (and a Stand-In for Nuke W(h)ales)
4
31%
 
Total votes: 13
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Postby Montyphy » Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:11 pm

Xocrates wrote:
Cooper42 wrote:Really? Being able to immediately (given the vast differences) tell the value of a coin from size, shape and colour, regardless of any image embossed on the coin? That's great in my books?

Yeah, that-s great If you know how much each coin is worth.


But once you know the value of each coin, it is much easier to work out how much and what is in your hand/wallet when buying something.

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Postby Cooper42 » Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:11 pm

Xocrates wrote:
Cooper42 wrote:Really? Being able to immediately (given the vast differences) tell the value of a coin from size, shape and colour, regardless of any image embossed on the coin? That's great in my books?

Yeah, that-s great If you know how much each coin is worth.

Complain how much you want about Euro coins, but this:
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Is much more easy to figure out than this:
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Yeah, but how often do you have them laid out like that and with that much contrast on the embossed detail? With the sterling coins, once you learn what they are, you can tell exactly what you have in your wallet just by looking at the coins side-on. No need to piss about emptying them into your palm an turning them over to read them or anything like that.

Edit: Also; see above.
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Postby NeatNit » Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:38 pm

Coins are overused. Around here we only have coins up to 10 NIS.

I'd post a pic but I can't find a good one, any idea where to look?
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Postby Montyphy » Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:04 pm

NeatNit wrote:I'd post a pic but I can't find a good one, any idea where to look?


You could try here according to Wikipedia.

Although, I found this on Google images:

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Postby Xocrates » Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:31 pm

Actually, my main complaint is not the shape, but the size and position of the value. The two pound, for instances, has the value in hard to see small lettering around the edge of the coin, while the otherwise large coin is filled with decoration. Compare with the Euro coin where the value is very clearly visible in one of the sides (which was my point with the previous pictures).
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Postby NeatNit » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:45 pm

Montyphy wrote:<2 examples>
Both of these are extremely outdated. :(
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Postby elexis » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:18 am

I cant believe that Australia actually wins at something!

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EDIT: I should point out that the 5c and 10c coins are half the thickness of the other coins.
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Postby vanarbulax » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:27 am

Yeah Australian coins are nice and easy to tell apart. When I went to Canada it drove me insane that the 10 cent coin was smaller than the 5 cent coin, always stood there fumbling change like an idiot. Plus, on an tangent (well a tangent to this already derailed thread. Is it me or are the Canadian notes just the most awful combination of garish but still somehow putrid brown looking colours:

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Postby Montyphy » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:48 am

Would you prefer it to look like Monopoly?

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Postby vanarbulax » Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:44 am

Wow, those are also pretty ugly. They look like cluedo cards, I swear the bottom is professor plum.
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Postby NZ ARMY » Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:56 am

Le Corbusier !!!!
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Postby Xocrates » Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:46 am

Well, it was an interesting morning session:

One french guy talking about cheese avec le thick accent

The hungary guy was okay.

Oneitalianguytalkingreallyreallyfast,tothepointIhavenoideawhathesaid.

And one no show.

Which means I have nothing to do until lunch time :P

PS: SQUIRREL!
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Postby Montyphy » Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:54 am

Planned what you're gonna be doing in London yet?
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Postby Xocrates » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:04 pm

Vaguely, although my problem is that I have no idea how long each of them might take. Even so, my main problem right now is what to do on Saturday before heading to the airport.
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Postby Xocrates » Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:04 pm

Hmm... Seems I have to leave the university earlier than I thought, which means that if I head directly to the train station and from there to London, I might still hang around for a about an hour or so on Euston before heading to the Hotel.

Also, probably my last chance to take advantage of University computers :(

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