UK compatible holiday coins

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#22
If fags were 5DM from the machines you would use 5 X 5p. If you put 5 X 5p in the German fruities (British fruities in Germnay didnt give you your stake back) you got 5DM, you could buy a pack of smokes from the NAAFI for 2.50 which meant you proffed 2.50 and a pack of tabs as opposed to just a pack.
When father in law died five years ago, we acquired a bag of cameras. To me the most interesting was an Ihagee Varex iia, manufactured in Dresden around 1960. These cameras sat in the bag until last month, when I phoned a collector. I had a figure in mind.

Bloke turned up. He looked young, long blond hair and tanned. Until you saw him up close. He'd been in hospital for an age with a whole body cancer, a TLA which escapes me. It kills most people. Basingstoke hospital is one of a handful in Europe that can operate. 5 operations a week, 13 hours a time. They removed six entire organs and most of thirteen others. Lost 30Kg in a few hours. The patients before and after him both died. Dedicated bereavement suite. He looked like sh¡t. Showed me where he'd been opened from throat to groin and his stoma bag.

We chatted. He was in no rush. When he discovered that Zero Alpha and I had lived in West Germany, he told us about his teenage years.

He'd heard about the DM1=5p scam, so he travelled to Düsseldorf with a sports bag full of 5p pieces. He could make £3000 (a not insignificant sum in the 80s) in a weekend by piling 5ps into a fruit machine, playing one then taking his money back in laundered DM coins.

He came back next weekend, and the next, rinse, repeat, over and over. Then he made a mistake. He had a promise back home. He parked his money in a left luggage locker, train home, see bird, train back to Germany on the Monday. But he'd not realised Monday was a German bank holiday. His time in the locker containing his bag of 5ps expired and it was emptied.

Separately, I forget exactly why, he got caught in flagrente by the Polis. He'd have run, but they had guns. Banged to rights, he coughed. Then they linked him to the incriminating bag and a pattern that had been going on for months. By his own calculation, if he were incarcerated consecutively, he was looking at 3.5 million years in a German nick.

They started processing him. "Date of birth?" He gave it. They did some sums. "You are not 18 years old?" "Three weeks time."

"Then you are a minor. We cannot do this. You will be put on a train and escorted out of Germany . Do not ever come back. Is this clear? "

i wonder how much of his story was inflated, but he offered £20 more than the price I wanted, so, because he has been heavily raising for cancer charities, we bade him donate the £20 to his cancer charity of choice.
 
#23
If fags were 5DM from the machines you would use 5 X 5p. If you put 5 X 5p in the German fruities (British fruities in Germnay didnt give you your stake back) you got 5DM, you could buy a pack of smokes from the NAAFI for 2.50 which meant you proffed 2.50 and a pack of tabs as opposed to just a pack.
When I left der Faterland for the first time in 87. My girlfriend sister gave me a plastic Post yellow telephone box as a gift? .

Expecting to return after my T1 , months in that R.Sigs shite hole Catterick.
I filled it with 5p coins.

Not returning to der faterland until 99 my box of coins was worthless .

Still have the damn thing in the loft.
 
#24
When I left der Faterland for the first time in 87. My girlfriend sister gave me a plastic Post yellow telephone box as a gift? .

Expecting to return after my T1 , months in that R.Sigs shite hole Catterick.
I filled it with 5p coins.

Not returning to der faterland until 99 my box of coins was worthless .

Still have the damn thing in the loft.
They still used Marks in 99. Even in 2002 when they changed you could still find some slot machines that took them.
 

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