2016-10-03 Mon


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I continue to stay a tad saddened by Toronto after my return from Poissy.

You’ve heard of band-aid solutions? Well, Toronto City Council has resorted to using adhesive tape as a temporary repair or marker for crumbling pavement.

The cone will be kicked into the street or taken home by a drunken reveler, the tape will quickly be scuffed off by thousands of feet, and the cracked pavement will get worse during the coming winter season.

Then all will be forgotten.

Just another team of well-paid robots out marking problems that will not be solved.


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The chamber-maid took my first collection, I generously suppose that she took it as a tip.

Thus this is my second collection of Euro coins.

I have arranged them in rows of value, with €2 coins across the top row, then €1 coins and so on through 0.50, 0.20, 0.10, 0.05, 0.02 and 0.01.

I have arranged the coins in columns by nationality, as far as I can determine from the obverse side of each coin.

Euro coins have a standard face side showing Euro-symbolism and the denomination as decimal digits. The obverse side design is up to each contributing nation. Thus, French coins all have Marianne on the obverse side.

There are, I think, about two dozen Euro currency members, so think about two hundred coins for a collection.

And then you must include changes in design over the years, so perhaps closer to 600 different coins in all.

I noted that the smaller denominations were mainly French 9I was staying in Poissy), and that made me think of an interesting study:-

Ask a collection of people who live, work, and travel in Europe to hang onto every metal Euro coin they receive over the course of a month, and then tally the coins by nationality and state where they were collected.

Perhaps lower-denomination coins rarely leave the country of origin, but we all hang on to the €2 when we travel because they are useful in vending machines?