Sunday, March 4, 2018

ODD BITS: Cricket, fish & chips, James Bond and the Loch Ness monster featured on new British coins

The British government has been having a lot of fun with design lately, creating new images for their postage stamps and coins. If you saw my posting about last year's Agatha Christie stamps you'll know what I'm talking about! 

This month, the The Royal Mint in Britain is set to release a new group of 26 10-pence coins, each representing a letter of the alphabet, and each devoted to a different British tradition, expression or talisman. 

“This series," says a representative of the mint,"really drills down into the heartland of what makes Britain British. It’s the granularity of British life celebrated on the coinage.”

If you're surprised that the letter "Q" does not stand for "Queen", don't worry -- she's on the back of each coin. 

In this case the "Q" stands for "queue", representing the Brits'
penchant for orderliness and good manners.

My current favorites are 
         • post box

• Loch Ness monster

and Bond ... James Bond

The British public was invited to vote on their favorite in each category. When asked for example, what the most iconic British food is, 52 per cent voted for fish and chips, surprisingly beating Sunday roast, Yorkshire pudding and cream tea.

Below is a full list of the new coins
A – Angel of the North
B – Bond... James Bond
C – Cricket
D – Double-decker bus
E – English breakfast
F – Fish and chips
G – Greenwich mean time
H – Houses of Parliament
I – Ice-cream cone
J – Jubilee
K – King Arthur
L – Loch Ness Monster
M – Mackintosh (the raincoat, not the famed architect)
N – National Health Service
O – Oak tree
P – Post box
Q – Queuing
R – Robin
S – Stonehenge
T – Teapot
U – Union flag
V – Village
W – World Wide Web
X – X marks the spot
Y – Yeoman
Z - Zebra crossing

Britain's favorite food

                                          For more info and pix, link here.

                                                                ~ oOo ~

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