Saturday, January 19, 2002
Seems the euro-fever is dying down. In Spain the latest fad is splitting the outer rings from the 1 and 2 euro coins.
Friday, January 18, 2002
a mailing list sent me this little euro cartoon. it's about our premier and about the lira "departure." is it funny? I pretty much didn't understand it.
Thursday, January 17, 2002
As it turns out, the "Mister Euro" show on Italian television that I mentioned earlier wasn't a special event -- it's actually a weekly show. How do they have enough stuff to talk about for an hour? If you're really bored you can watch the whole thing online.
Wednesday, January 16, 2002
First forged euro coin found in Ireland, but the forgers couldn't spell.
Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Spotted at ebay : euros up for auction.
In Spain, where the peseta still lives together with the euro, people are inventing tricks and mnemonics for easy conversion between the currencies.
Irish banks are coming under criticism from consumers for levying charges on euro cheques from other European countries.
Monday, January 14, 2002
A followup to the earlier report on the euro bills containing toxic substances: You can get very sick if you eat more than 400 euro notes, says a board member of the European Central Bank.
I find that I don't have enough change, that stuff that used to breed at night in my wallet like rabbits or fleas. Everytime I go shopping, I am first asked if I have the correct amount, if not, I am confronted with a number of convoluted questions concerning what is actually in my wallet ( " How about 20 cents then ? 3 cents ? "). Today it happened : approaching the last store on my list, my wallet contained a few coppers and a 50 euro bill. When asked at the baker's to pony up my 3 euro purchase, I shamefully confessed that all I had was a 50 euro bill. Did I finally get my much needed change ? No. I was told that if they gave me change, they wouldn't have enough left for the next few hours, so an I.O.U., with my name upon it, was scotch taped to the counter, to be paid the next time I am there. Hopefully with the correct change.
Sunday, January 13, 2002
So, what's the deal with we, the cashiers? In the bookshop were I works there are still many troubles: first, we haven't got 500euros and 200euros notes, and we're not authorized to accept them as well, cause many could be counterfeit notes (same thing for the lira). Then it takes hours to close the cash at the end of the day, since we have to count all the cents and euros, these extra minutes are not paid. The worst thing is that when we count money at the end of the day and we compare them to those that the cash itself counted automatically: they don't match ! Never. This thing was usual even before, but not is increasing too much.