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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.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
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I was born just south of London, but for the past 50 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live between an ancient cottage in a tiny village in perfectly tranquil French countryside, and a bijou townhouse in Brighton UK. In France we have plenty of fruit trees, all situated amongst a view that takes the breath away, in the UK we have a handkerchief sized patio. 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!