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07:59 pm: A few questions for British people
After all, England is the country of my birth.

I heard that some or all of the "quality" papers switched to tabloid page size during 2003. Is this true?

Although the pound is clearly the currency of Britain and will remain so, how widely is the euro accepted? Can you use euro to buy tickets on the trains from the airport to the city? Can you buy a paper with it at WHS or similar?

Can you still get Jaffa Cakes? Hobnobs? Is there any important English product that has disappeared?

Just in case there are any Edinburgh people reading... Does Desperate Dan's Diner (near Princes Street) still exist? If so, is it any good? Likewise for Rock Bottom.


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Date:February 12th, 2004 12:02 am (UTC)
Hi, Ringbark.
In answer to your questions,
Yes, the Times and the Independant now offer a choice. You can get them in broadsheet and broadsheeet editions. The Guardian and Telegraph have yet to follow suit.
Some of the big stores will accept the euro, but you cannot use them on the busses, yet. Nor can you buy a ticket on the tube with one.
You can get Jaffa Cakes and Hobnobs, but a Marathon bar is now a Snickers. Also, the new recipe Mars bar are not as good as the old ones IMHO
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Date:February 12th, 2004 06:41 am (UTC)
It is widely speculated that the Telegraph is set to introduce a tabloid size version soon, though its possible sale is holding things up at the moment; no news about the Guardian.

A lot of parking meters will take Euros these days, so will the phone boxes at London King's Cross. (At a derisory exchange rate of €1=60p.) Some supermarkets were finding they were losing lots of shopping trolleys, and so started to require that you stick a pound into a slot in the trolley to unlock a chain and free the trolley; many of these locks will also accept a Euro coin as well as a pound coin. WHS: many WHSes have a "throw your money into the bucket if you're just buying a paper" bucket honesty system these days, so you could throw some Euro coinage into the bucket rather than sterling and nobody would stop you.

Jaffa cakes and Hobnobs: yes. Incidentally, there was an interesting discussion of the difference between cakes and biscuits yesterday: biscuits are baked to be reasonably hard but, with time, go soft; cakes are baked to be soft but, with time, go hard.
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