Friday, 25 April 2008

Friday 55 Flash Fiction # 24 Decimal

I'm going away today for the weekend and have used the new blogger draft thingie (it's brilliant) to post my Friday 55 Fiction, and Saturday Wordzzle tomorrow. I will catch up with all your posts on Monday, via Google Reader another recent discovery of mine - I know I'm way behind the times but I'm no techie!

On 23rd April 1968 decimal coins reach the British high street in preparation for replacing Pounds (£) Shillings (s) and Pence (d) in 1971, much to the confusion of the British public.

I remember it well!


5p, 10p, shilling and a florin.
50p for a ten bob note.
95 pence that’s nineteen shillings
We have to change, so better show willing.

No threepenny bit, no shiny new sixpence.
Twelve and half pence, that’s the old half crown.
Elevenpence-ha’penny used again - never.
We’re decimal now isn’t that clever!
£sd – gone - forever.

Friday 55 Flash Fiction is brought to you by G-man (Mr Knowitall). If you want to take part pop over and let G-man know when you've posted your 55.


ciara said...

decimal? and the only thing i know is two bits w is a quarter right?? confusing 55, but still like your 55. have a great weekend. xo

mine is up as well if you get a chance to read it.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I learned something for your 55! And it isn't even 5:00 a.m. yet!

buffalodickdy said...

I didn't realize it was that complicated before!

G-Man said...

I don't know a Tuppence from an Uppence, But I do know that I love your creativity!!
Thanks for playing, and have a safe trip...G

Mona said...

O My God! That does sound complicated!

But I love the rhythm of reciting that one!

James Goodman, Author said...

Wow, I agree with Mona, sounds complicated. Great 55 though. :D

Oh, and mine's up...

Jo Beaufoix said...

Blimey, it does sound complicated. Does decimal seem easier to you?

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

have a great weekend honey!

smiles, bee

storyteller said...

I’m impressed at your ‘technological’ facility with this and will watch with interest as the posts ‘appear’ in your absence …(as if by magic). Perhaps I’ll ‘check it out’ myself since I enjoy learning new things. I hope you have a wonderful weekend get-away ;--)

I’ve published my usual two Haiku posts since it’s Friday: I Up and Did it Yesterday! at Sacred Ruminations and Baby Beagle Update at Small Reflections.
Hugs and blessings,

Dianne said...

as mona said, I love the rhythm! and I heard it in an English accent :)

hope your weekend is wonderful.

girl with the mask said...

I cannot believe I hadn't figured out before you just said about using 'blogger draft' that this is why all of your posts are done at 6am! I just thought you were an early riser!

Travis said...

Oh my. I recognize all the words for currency, but I'd have a lot of trouble paying for something with it.

Donnetta Lee said...

Reminds me of rhymes for little girls jumping rope! I would be totally lost trying to learn this. Twas fun! My 55 is up.

Elween said...

there's never to late in learning! but i don't think those Readers help...hehe :)

So, i will see you on Monday then? have a nice trip!

smarmoofus said...

Oh my, the old system does sound complicated. There must have been a lot of people taken advantage of in their confusion over the value of the currency. Yikes!

I'm up too.

Linda said...

I'm afraid that I shall never understand British currency!

I haven't tried the new Blogger Draft thingie yet but it seems to work really well - I may have to check it out!

By the by, I have to admit that when I come here to your blog lately I keep the page open for your entire playlist! You've got some good tunes on there!

Akelamalu said...

LOL decimal was confusing to us too when it was first introduced Ciara!

Well you know the old saying Nick - you can learn something new every day!

It didn't seem complicated to us Buff we were used to it :)

Thanks g-man x

It was a lot easier once we stopped converting everything back to £sd Mona ;)

Cheers James :)

You won't remember £sd at all will you Jo? As I said £sd wasn't complicated because it was all we knew.

I did Bee! :)

I was relieved to see it worked Storyteller, although I have used it before I don't trust technology completely! :#

Thanks Diannex

I am an early riser GIM,6am weekdays but I don't usually have time to post so Blogger Draft is a godsend!

I think I'd be the same with your currency too Trav! :)

It is a bit like a skipping rhyme isn't it Donnetta?

Google Reader has helped me a lot Elween. I had a great weekend thanks. x

Older people like my Dad still convert back to the old currency and complain even now smarmoofus!

British currency is really easy now Linda, but I have trouble with currency whenever I go abroad! You must try blogger draft it's brill! So glad you like the music. x

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's like reading soemthing in another language! Americans stick doggedly with a non-metric system for measurement, but at least out currency is decimal.

Akelamalu said...

LOL yes it is another language Citizen! We still buy things in pounds and ounces not kilos too!

Mimi Lenox said...

I'm so lost. Say what?
I'm glad I don't have to count change in Lancashire.

Hope your weekend is going well and please tell me about this Blogger draft thing. I haven't discovered how to use that yet.
Great idea though...

Akelamalu said...

It's even more difficult in a Lancashire accent Mimi! I've emailed you about blogger draft.

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