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    New £50 note revealed - absolutely spot on!

    Could not have been a better choice in my opinion:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48962557
    So clever my foot fell off.

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    Good choice
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    An excellent choice.

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    Agree
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    Good choice - and that reminds me that I need to sort out going up to Bletchley Park with friends.

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    After being in Cornwall last week and only using cash the feel, design and security of all british banknotes is far superior to the equivalent Euros, and they look a damn sight better too.

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    Bummer, that reminds me, I now have to go to a bank and get rid of old notes before they turn to toilet paper.
    'When you attack the person and not the argument, youíve already lost the argument' - Leon Trotsky.

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    Design ✔️
    Another plastic note ✖️
    Does it really make a blind bit of difference to me? No,'cause the likes of me don't have £50 notes

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    Great choice. Was pleasantly surprised when I read that

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    Do we need a £50 note?

    These days I rarely spend cash on anything and never anything costing £50...

    M

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    Quote Originally Posted by VDG View Post
    Bummer
    But luckily he was pardoned for it

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    Great choice, Rosalind Franklin would have also been a great choice. Grossly underknown lady scientist, died before the Nobel for DNA - which went to Watson and Crick.
    Last edited by Franco; 15th July 2019 at 15:04. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Do we need a £50 note?

    These days I rarely spend cash on anything and never anything costing £50...

    M
    We have £100 notes here in Scotland, caused problems when I buying a car in England, even a couple of tellers didnít know they were real, and it was a Bank of Scotland branch too.

    OT, nice choice of design.

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    Great but I no longer see the need to have any note larger than a tenner in circulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franco View Post
    Grat choice, Rosalind Franklin would have also been a great choice. Grossly underknown lady scientist, died before the Nobel for DNA - which went to Watson and Crick.
    +1. That's where my vote went. Great scientist who, imo, was cheated out of the Nobel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitfitter View Post
    even a couple of tellers didnít know they were real, and it was a Bank of Scotland branch too.
    Reminds me of the time when I was working for Royal Bank of Scotland in London and our canteen (which was outsourced to Compass) refused to accept an RBS £10 note. Let's just say that they didn't make that mistake again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franco View Post
    Grat choice, Rosalind Franklin would have also been a great choice. Grossly underknown lady scientist, died before the Nobel for DNA - which went to Watson and Crick.
    +1, would have been my choice too, but Turing is not a bad selection either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipK View Post
    Reminds me of the time when I was working for Royal Bank of Scotland in London and our canteen (which was outsourced to Compass) refused to accept an RBS £10 note. Let's just say that they didn't make that mistake again.
    I find you have no bother with Scottish bank notes as far south as Newcastle. Venture any further, as in so many other matters, and you're on a hiding to nothing.

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    If I put one my wallet it would probably still be there 6 months later. Good choice, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franco View Post
    Grat choice, Rosalind Franklin would have also been a great choice. Grossly underknown lady scientist, died before the Nobel for DNA - which went to Watson and Crick.
    Totally agree Franco!

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    Great choice of design. The man was a colossus (pun intended).

    Re the use of fifty pound notes, I use cash all of the time. How else would I buy a pricey watch at an antiques market? It's all cash.

    FWIW I'm not keen on the new plastic notes, they stick together a bit too much for my liking.

    Apropos of nothing my Mrs found some old paper tenners last week, took them to the bank and exchanged them with no bother.
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    Iím a cash person too, if I donít have it I canít overspend.

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    Someone has converted the binary thatís shown on the note and itís his birthdate, a nice touch.
    Cheers..
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    I cannot think of a more deserving person. Fantastic in spirit and in execution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonM View Post
    Someone has converted the binary thatís shown on the note and itís his birthdate, a nice touch.
    Thatís a quality touch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingBanana View Post
    Could not have been a better choice in my opinion:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48962557
    That is great news
    Perfect choice
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    It's a great choice for the digital age, however rather than having the father of mondern computers why didn't they have the grandfather as well - Charles Babbage.

    Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.
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    Another week and it would have been Ben Stokes...
    Although no trees were harmed during the creation of this post, a large number of electrons were greatly inconvenienced.

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    Great choice, and it is no coincidence that the emblem for the largest private company on the planet is an apple with a bite taken out in tribute to him.
    Turing was the father, Babbage a bit more of a distant great uncle.
    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyg View Post
    It's a great choice for the digital age, however rather than having the father of mondern computers why didn't they have the grandfather as well - Charles Babbage.
    For me the father of modern computing was Tommy Flowers.
    Turing was a genius and deserves most of the reverence he gets, just not that particular accolade in my very humble opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Do we need a £50 note?
    This.
    They're a pain in the arse.
    Retailers mostly don't want to take them.
    Awkward moments making payment...retailers looking at them like dog sh1t.
    Thank Christ for ApplePay.

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    ICYMI - Polish codebreakers 'cracked Enigma before Alan Turing'

    Maciej Pisarski, deputy chief of mission, Polish Embassy in Washington, said: "The story of Engima was very important to us and the breaking of Enigma code was one of the most important contributions of Poland to the Allies victory during the Second World War.

    "Out contribution to Enigma is something that we learned a lot about as children in Poland but we have a feeling that the knowledge is not so widespread. It was a crucial association which gave the allies the edge over the Germans.
    "We were trapped on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War which meant we did not get the credit that we should have received and nobody wanted to admit that anyone in Eastern Europe had anything to do with Enigma.
    "We felt it was important to fill in the blanks. It is our moral obligation to right this wrong and put this picture in a more complete way."
    The Enigma machine was invented by German engineer Arthur Sherbius at the end of the First World War and was used by the military and governments of several countries. The British had struggled to work out how to crack the early Enigma machines, and by the early 1930s the Poles were way ahead.

    Poland’s main codebreakers were Jerzy Rozycki, Henryk Zygalski and Marian Rejewski who joined the Polish General Staff's Cipher Bureau in Warsaw.

    While Britain still used linguists to break codes, the Poles had understood that it was necessary to use mathematics to look for patterns and had broken some of the early pre-war German codes.

    They had then taken a further step by building electro-mechanical machines to search for solutions, which they called "bombes".
    On the eve of war in 1939 Bletchely codebreakers Alastair Denniston and Dilly Knox met with members of the Cipher Bureau at a secret facility in a forest in Pyry near Warsaw to share their knowledge.
    Alan Turing, also later visited the Polish codebreakers and used their knowledge to develop his own "bombe" capable of breaking the more complex wartime Enigma codes.
    But the Poles have received little credit, most notably in the recent film The Imitation Game, where their contribution was dismissed with a single sentence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    Great choice, and it is no coincidence that the emblem for the largest private company on the planet is an apple with a bite taken out in tribute to him.
    Turing was the father, Babbage a bit more of a distant great uncle.
    Dave
    Ada Lovelace? They could have got diversity points for a woman.

    Laugh is, as has been said, who ever sees £50 notes? I only ever use cash at the small local pub I go to and even they take plastic, apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Do we need a £50 note?

    These days I rarely spend cash on anything and never anything costing £50...

    M
    Yes, we do.

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    Well argued :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Well argued :)

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    Here's something I didn't know 5 minutes ago.

    BBC News - Britain's £1m and £100m banknotes
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21145103

    Interesting read.

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    I want one


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    It will be interesting to see what or who features on a Scottish equivalent note.

    The current Scottish fiver illustrates Nan Shepherd on one side and two smoked mackerel on the other side.

    No wonder I spent an additional 2 hours trying to pay for a car in Liverpool with Scottish notes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonM View Post
    Someone has converted the binary thatís shown on the note and itís his birthdate, a nice touch.
    Oh, very cool. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    They're a pain in the arse.
    Retailers mostly don't want to take them.
    Awkward moments making payment...retailers looking at them like dog sh1t.
    You're storing them wrong, it's no wonder retailers have that reaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CatalystGuy View Post
    I want one
    I would prefer several thousand of them

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    Well deserved.
    You probably have seen this recent speach about Mr. Turing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJbE0r27mFs

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    Great choice, and it is no coincidence that the emblem for the largest private company on the planet is an apple with a bite taken out in tribute to him..
    Dave
    This is not true - the Apple logo had nothing to do with Turing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nugget View Post
    This is not true - the Apple logo had nothing to do with Turing
    It would be in poor taste if it was, and Steve Jobs generally had great taste.

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    Its good to see this kind of acknowledgement but I agree with previous comments as regards £50 notes - they are hardly widely used. I cant recall the last time I had any.

    Would have been much better to have him on a £5 or £10 - it would have given him a much higher profile and hopefully have prompted more discussion across a greater cross section of the population.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VDG View Post
    ICYMI - Polish codebreakers 'cracked Enigma before Alan Turing'

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    Bletchley Park is pretty good at recognising the role of Polish codebreakers; film makers, not so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broussard View Post
    Bletchley Park is pretty good at recognising the role of Polish codebreakers; film makers, not so much.
    Indeed though according to American film producers it was the Americans who picked up an enigma machine from a sinking U-boat, thus cutting short the war by a year or two.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    The irony being that the new £50 note won't be accepted anywhere, just as Turing wasn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broussard View Post
    Bletchley Park is pretty good at recognising the role of Polish codebreakers; film makers, not so much.
    I thought the film was pretty far from the truth in a number ways, but all the books I've read on subject have given credit to the Poles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holsterman View Post
    The irony being that the new £50 note won't be accepted anywhere, just as Turing wasn't.
    It is misleading for the BBC and others to imply or indeed state that Alan Turing was an innocent, harmless homosexual who was persecuted by an intolerant society in the 40s and 50s - he was widely known to be a paedophile and a predator of young boys between the ages of 11 and 15. The evidence of his grooming and predatory activities - provided by friends and ex-lovers - is overwhelming.

    Today's society may be more tolerant of homosexuality but it is probably less tolerant of paedophilia. So there is a strong argument to say that Alan Turing would be even less accepted today than then, when the Authorities appear to have turned a blind eye to Turing's darker side.

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