Monday, 27 October 2014

Bagman On The Bus


I tried to pay the bus driver with two Turkish coins this morning.
I got all excited when I saw the pile of coins on the chest of drawers in the bedroom , and thought I'll have them in order to treat the cottage to some shop bought flowers.
What do I know.....? A Turkish 1 lire coin looks remarkably like a small 2 £ coin....
Well in actual fact it doesn't to the Trelawnyd bus driver.
She Sussed my mistake in an instant!
And at least didn't kick me off the bus.
One of the other passengers , an old man who had seen better days , loaned me the cash. He was from Holywell and told me,  rather too loudly, that I could give him back the cash when I cashed my giro.

Ps for those non UK readers...la giro is an unemployment cheque

36 comments:

  1. When I went to Vienna. I walked into a bar and ordered two glasses of Dunkels. The waiter brought the drinks to our table and I some how managed to pay him in Polish Zloty and Euros coins. He was not amused and pointed out my mistake. I said:

    "It's money isn't it?"

    Old joke for you John. What's green and gets you drunk?

    A giro!

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    1. Non pc but so often very true

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  2. Oh dear, I don't know what's worse; being loaned the dosh, or being taken for a giro monkey.

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  3. One of those little embarrassments of life that give others an opportunity to demonstrate mans humanity to man.

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  4. It's always the older generation and the poorer looking folk that have the heart to be generous isn't it.

    On a completely different note ... I spied some Scotch Eggs in the Bodnant Farm shop yesterday and relayed the story of Meg pinching yours after the supermarket bump to Lovely Hubby and his sister as we walked round the shop, they were in stitches :-)

    If I come to visit I'll stop en-route and bring one with me!!

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    1. We bought two black pudding scotch eggs from Bodnant and I ate them BOTH before leaving the carpark

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  5. Oopsie. That aging eyesight!

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  6. I have a giant 1962 English Pence in my wallet and I have no idea why nor any idea how it got there. I have never once in my life been to Great Britain. It feels a little magical to me. I keep it.

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    1. Lol it's called a PENNY X

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  7. How funny. They wouldn't have allowed you on the bus here and I doubt anyone would have loaned you the money.

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  8. :D :D :D Bus drivers are sharped eyed critters aren't they?!!! You be sure to repay that old man now...you hear!!!

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  9. Lol it was nice of him to loan you the dosh, people round my way wouldn't lend you the steam off their......shIte as my Nan used to say x

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    1. Lol julee
      Grannie had a potty mouth
      I would have liked her

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    2. Julee's comment made me laugh out loud.

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  10. I went into the shop next to where I work last week to buy my lunch. Opened purse, no change, went confidently to take out a note, no notes. Then I remembered my emergency Fiver which has been in my purse for I don't know how long. Took it out of my purse, with a flourish... only to find it was a 5 Euro note.

    My embarrassment was only made worse when the cashier shouted down the length of the shop to the owner 'she's only got foreign money, can she pay later?'

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  11. They are lovely coins. I would love to have one to add to my coin bracelet.

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    1. Send me your address and I will send you one

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  12. ...And for all the good that we bloggers know you do John:stressful job, voluntary work with the samaritans, caring for a menagerie of animals, looking out for neighbours and friends, keeping a clean and comfortable home, etc; for that brief moment you were judged. You may as well sign up for the Jeremy Kyle show right now!!! x

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  13. For those non UK readers
    A giro
    Is an unemployment cheque

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  14. Oh well, John, at least you didn't have to walk.

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  15. You never fail to make me laugh whether it is dark or light outside (usually dark now)

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  16. i knew what the giro was!
    probably got that from "The Bill"

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  17. You must have been looking your best, John!

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  18. You may have deserved that insult as a small price to pay, especially if you were covered in various animal excreta at the time.

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  19. Thanks for the laugh. :)

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  20. I would be hopelessly lost with the coinage.

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  21. It was your 'Benny' hat that did it.
    Jane x

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  22. Time for a visit to the optician perhaps? Or are you blaming the evil Turks?

    In Northern Ireland the dole is known as the brew. From when job centres were known as unemployment bureaux.

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  23. Well the old fart....kind of him anyway.

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  24. I just spent 10 minutes looking for a coin that I had that looks kind of like that. But I can't find it.

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  25. You've sunk so low that you have to try to cheat the bus driver and then take money from a poor old man? That is sad, John.

    Love,
    Janie

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  26. Pay him with eggs and he'll probably be better off!
    Easy to see the mistake. Blame Chris. ;-)

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  27. Oh I want a black pudding scotch egg NOW!
    xx

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  28. Along the boarder in the US Canadian coins are frequently accepted, but you get away from the boarder and no one wants them, even when the Loony was worth more then the greenback.

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  29. You loafer! LOL
    I really do marvel that you and your village have not been coveted for film more often because it is rich with a serious cast of characters, yourself included.

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