Thursday, 18 September 2008


We are back from our mini-tour of Europe, i.e. Paris and Bavaria, and feel much the better for the holiday with friends in such pleasant surroundings! It has whetted our appetite to return as we still have the musical tones of the French and German voices in our head. (Iain arrived at the Glasgow ticket office to buy our rail ticket to Helensburgh and when served replied "Danke schon "!)

Having changed our Pounds Sterling into Euros I was interested to learn, from Neil, the story of the artwork on the front (recto) side of the Euro banknote.
On all the notes, or in this example, the ten Euro note with its Romanesque arch, the structures depicted on the banknote are fictional, i.e. they are a synthesis of many styles (in this example, Romanesque arch styles). They are what you might call a 'generic rendition'. This makes them devoid of any particular identifiable characteristics. Therefore, being close to a specific type of arch, people - in whatever country - will think that they can identify 'their' arch! This one looks like Paisley Abbey!
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A postscript: When scanning in this note a message popped up on my computer to the effect: I see up are scanning a banknote and that while you can do it successfully you will not be allowed to print it! Do you think someone is keeping tabs on this? Gulp....

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