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chrisshore
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chrisshore   2/20/2013 9:56:14 AM
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I remember doing endless exercises at school involving pounds (currency), shillings, pence, pounds (weight), ounces, pints, fluid ounces, quarts and gallons. Life was fun in those days! And as well as being called a "Thatcher", I remember people calling it a "Scargill" (after the firebrand trade unionist) because it was hard, brassy and a weight in the tax payers pocket. A fify pence piece (half a pound), then became an "Arfur Scargill". Chris

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Max The Magnificent   2/21/2013 10:31:02 PM
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We used to have "bob a job" in the UK

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   2/21/2013 10:31:47 PM
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I'd not heard the "Arfur Scargill" one before -- good one!

David Brown
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David Brown   2/24/2013 3:07:53 PM
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Guineas where used in auction houses. When an item was priced at "10 guineas", the buyer paid 10 guineas, but the seller received 10 pounds. The 5% difference was the auctioneers fee. As far as I know, horse auctions still often use guineas in their prices. (And the horses' heights are measured in hands!)

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EVVJSK   2/25/2013 6:23:05 PM
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The system name was LSD, and the Pound symbol like of looks like a script "L" is that coincidence of did the symbol for Pound come out of the letter "L" used to start the name of the system ?

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David Ashton   3/4/2013 10:38:50 PM
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@antedeluvian - yep I remember them, remember some of the old ones were silver in colour - made of a nickel alloy I think. As far as I know Zim does not even use coins now. We used to call payphones "Tickey-boxes" as they accepted a minimum of 3d for a call. It would also buy you an ice lolly - hence we called them "tickey lollies". "Sixpence" and "Tickey" were also widely used first names among the African population...

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