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Snippets - 12/7/2002

Jul 12 2002 23:30
Oliver Pell
A totally harmless non-column: No-Euro; IC?s Chameleonic EEE Dept; The Shrinking Dinner; Slowly Softly
The same Euro photo we used for the last article. It's a slow picture month as well...
  • ICU to embrace the EU ideal?

As Live! has previously reported the Imperial College Union shop and newsagent (and indeed clubs and societies) will not accept the European Single Currency. However, amateur sleuthing has revealed that this may be about the change. ICU is currently, in an environment of mild controversy, installing a new electronic ?point of sale? system for its retail operations ? a system which actually has the capability to tender in multiple currencies, removing one of the main obstacles to accepting Euros, or indeed any other currency. Nevertheless, whether the Union will take advantage of this shiny new feature is still open to question.

  • All the Colours of the Rainbow

IC?s Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department building is currently undergoing a major refurbishment, a process that has seen the building?s walkway level shrouded in wooden boarding. Originally, well, wood coloured the boards have now been painted an attractive Imperial College navy blue. Surely this correspondent can?t have been the only person to notice though that the boarding spent a brief spell as a delightful shade of purple. Live! would welcome any suggestions from readers about exactly how many more colour changes EEE is going to undergo before the building work is complete.

  • Sound familiar?

Provisional plans to hold the Faculty of Engineering Freshers? Dinner in the Royal Albert Hall this year have been scaled back after initial budgeting revealed a financial hole of about £20,000. Unlike some events with similar-sized holes in the original budgeting, C&G can?t really afford to stomach a mult-thousand pound loss, so the world-conquering designs have been scaled back. The venue for the dinner does not yet appear to have been decided, but it will almost certainly be outside college ? despite concerns raised in some quarters that the addition of students from the departments of Materials and Earth Sciences Engineering may make for a more rowdy occasion...

  • Attack of the Slow News Season

I?m forced to admit that this Snippets looks a bit bare. The slow news season that is summer is with us once again, and is once again providing no end of headaches for Live! journalists and editors. If you know some news (any news!) please make sure you . The alternative is three months of mostly made up articles to tide us over until things start happening again. And we wouldn?t want that, would we...

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Discussion about “Snippets - 12/7/2002”

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1. Sam   
Jul 14 2002 18:45

Ummm, FYI...

although the EPoS system can take money in any currency, it's a lot of effort keeping up with exchange rates and stuff. As far as i know (and with this EpoS system i know quite a bit more than most...) the tills will not be configured for foreign currency - they can be setup at some future date - but they won't be configured to take EUROs at any time soon. (If i approved of a single currency, i might care more - but i like Sterling, and so do the people in the shop - so i doubt EUROs will be making an appearance at any time while i am at college)

Jul 14 2002 19:35

"while i am at college"...

Aren't you suppose to have graduated ;-)?

True, however. That said, Dave didn't seem to think that keeping up with the exchange rates was going to be a problem.

Jul 14 2002 21:15


Sterling- the original single currency of the world.

It hasn't done england, scotland, wales or northern ireland any harm having one type of currency with many regional variations of notes and coinage.

4. John   
Jul 15 2002 01:14

...although, of course, if we join the euro keeping up with exchange rates wouldn't be a problem.

On a completely related topic, Jonny to win Big Brother!

5. stef   
Jul 15 2002 09:26



or Kate

6. Tim   
Jul 15 2002 15:41

Keep Tim in to bring mirth to the nation

Get rid of Jade...PLEASE!!

Jul 15 2002 21:52


I can't believe that someone actually said "Jade has problems communicating [...]"

Do people have to state the bloody obvious!

Jul 16 2002 15:09

Imperial College Union, retail et al, has a responsibility to set the example to all other student unions.

As my honourable friend once said, "We are a no-nonsense union committed to keeping the pound".

Keeping track of the current exchange rate seems to be a fairly downward spiral anyway.

Now, if college started accepting Euros in payment for fees and accommodation, that might be a different matter. A union-run offshore conversion house springs to mind. Hmmm!

Jul 16 2002 18:26

I don't care what currency the shop takes. I just wish the Union would focus on making it less of a complete rip-off!

10. John   
Jul 16 2002 22:12

Dave, you're missing the point. EPOS systems and the Euro debate are never going to be as interesting as Jade covering herself in cooking oil to avoid getting sunburnt...

Don't you just love Summers?

Jul 17 2002 00:01

Be careful about complaining about lack of news... if you do that, Rob and I will start filling you all in on the apparent continual implosion of QMSU... which will just totally bore you all... :)

Jul 17 2002 00:39

You mean the modern day Star Chamber lead by a few who make Mugabe look democratic?

[bore] [Bore] [BORE]

Keep the Pound, btw!

Jul 17 2002 14:20

Go to axe shop; Go directly to axe shop; Do not pass go; Pass cash machine to collect ?200 to replace axe ground-down to non-existence... :)

14. Sam   
Jul 29 2002 13:13

Oliver, i'm still here. I failed, so i'll be here for another year. Watch your backs everybody!!!

Sterling rules O.K.

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