Today is a momentous day in Irish history.
It's such a big day that I doubt that the vast majority are even aware of it.
Big fucking deal.
I was brought up in the good old Pounds Shillings and Pence days, or to put it another way, the days when LSD wasn't an illegal drug and STD was a long distance phone call and not something you caught off the hairdresser's assistant.
I grant that the pounds shilling and pence was a bit heavy on the old mental calculation, as any mathematics invariably involved a scrap of paper and a pencil stub. But the one thing about the currency was that you knew exactly where you stood when it came to coinage. There was no mistaking a half crown from a penny, and the sixpence could never be confused with a florin. They were big and they were proud [except for the thrupenny bit which was small and proud].
Then decimalisation came in.
Not only did decimalisation come in but they did away with the ten bob note and also introduced a pound coin. I was surprised at how quickly people got used to the new coinage and not only did we have fewer coins to contend with but the maths was a bit simpler. Needless to say most shops neatly rounded up their prices during the changeover.
Then they introduced the euro.
I hated that currency from the day I first saw it. It has been around now for over thirteen years and I still can't get the hang of those fucking coins. I have to flick each and every coin over to see whether its a 10 or a 2 or a 5. All the coins are similar and the only two that are easily distinguishable are the €1 and €2 coins and they are very similar to each other. Needless to say most shops neatly rounded up their prices during the changeover.
On top of that I hate the fucking name. Yooorow! Fucking hell! Not only is it a shite name but it was chosen to deliberately ram down our throats that we were all now part of the ghastly European Nightmare. I still call it the Quid as do most people I know.
So now they are getting rid of the 1c and 2c coins. They were fucking useless anyway except for giving as tips so I won't be sorry to see them go. I'll have fewer coins to flick over when I'm paying for something.
Needless to say most shops will probably round up their prices but I'm getting used to that.
What I would really like is a good old shot of LSD.