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Monday, 6 October 2014
James Goodfellow OBE.
Life would be very different without this man (would you have known who he was?).
It was he who invented the four digit PIN number, and the ATM machine (although others do claim the same). Mr G holds the patents to prove his inventions, although it is said that he only ever made £10 from having done so; other than his salary.
Those of us who remember the old 3pm bank closing time, and the rush to cash cheques, will forever be grateful to Mr Goodfellow. Now we have access to our own money 24hrs a day, and can buy that essential bag of potatoes at 2am if we so wish.
Mr Goodfellow changed our lives for the better, as well as giving certain Romanian gangs a whole new career option; I thank you sir.
*One of the downfalls of an old house is that they need lots of money
spending on them, maintaining all of the boring things ..... we are having
4 weeks ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 46 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away; we also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!