Winnie-the-Pooh, the much
loved companion of Christopher Robin may have retired to New
York City Library with some of his friends, but the admirers of
Pooh and his biographer, A.A. Milne, still celebrate that great sporting
event Pooh Sticks.
Although Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet and
Christopher Robin played Pooh Sticks on a bridge in East Sussex, the
Pooh Stick World Championships are now held at Days
Lock, Little Wittenham in Oxfordshire, UK.
Between 1,500 and 2,000 turned out to watch and take
part in the event, based on A.A. Milne's tales about Winnie
the Pooh and friends.
The championship, known across the globe, involves dropping
a stick from a bridge over a river and seeing how fast it travels
to cross a finishing line.
For a different spin on Pooh Bears retirement,
read this article.
And for those who want to play Pooh Sticks, but do not have a nearby
stream, here is Virtual
Pooh Sticks.(You have to first register, with your playing characteristics
and an e-mail address.) Also at this site are
photographs of the original Pooh Stick Bridge in East Sussex, while
page there are links to descriptions of the Pooh Sticks game.
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What is the value of
a euro? part 2Xavier reporting (with introductory note
European Monetary Union (EMU), sometimes known as the euro,
was deliberately designed to cut the values of pensions and the wages
of the masses by means of steady inflation. An early milestone (or should
that be kilometre marker) on that road has now surfaced in Finland, where
the smaller coins are now being withdrawn as their value and usefulness
moves steadily towards zero. In due course, if the EMU project does not
fall apart before then, look to the new euro to replace the
current euro, eventually worthless other than its scrap metal price in
new euros. Thus, sensibly, the coin collectors are hoarding
coins in anticipation of their long-term rarity value.
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the mechanics of inflation.
Meanwhile, numismatists are still mining the euro .
The most valuable euros are now:
- the Finnish 1 centime and two centime coins, because they are no longer
made. A law passed in autumn 2000 specified that payments must be rounded
to the closest 5 centimes.
- the Finnish gold 100 euro coin, of which 25,000 were struck for the
first anniversary of the euros introduction. These are now worth
- English euros! 20,000 sets of nine euro prototype coins were struck
by the International Numismatic Association. On the face, they have
the queen in the robes of the Order of the Garter, and,
on the reverse, either a dove (for peace), a sailing ship (for commerce)
or scales (for justice).
Other collectors delights:
- French 1 and 2 centime coins dated 2003 are not being struck, except
for collectors sets, because there is already a sufficient stock
of 1 and 2 centime pieces in circulation.
- German euros are produced at five mints. Coins from each mint are
struck with an identifying letter:
A: Berlin, D: Munich, F: Stuttgart, G: Karlesruhe, J: Hamburg.
Further, there are also two varieties of 2 euro coin. The text that
goes round the edge does not always go round in the same direction (that
is, the text is right way up with either the face, or the reverse, upwards).
- Belgium centime pieces, similarly, have two versions, this time concerning
- Spanish 2 euro coins vary because, on the image of King Juan Carlos,
the length of hair varies.
- On some Italian 1 euro coins, the name of the engraver does not appear.
- On some Portuguese 1 euro coins, there are 28 stripes, instead of
29, round the edge of the coin.
- Remember, only 520,000 sets were struck by Vatican City. The eight
coins, with a face value of 3.88€ now fetch 1,500€.
A Vatican centime now goes for 5,000 times its face value.
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