New Polymer Scottish £20 Notes Coming to Horrify and Confuse London WHSmith Staff

Next year's going to be a great one for news stories about Scottish bank notes being refused in England, as the Bank of Scotland is preparing to launch an all-new polymer £20 that'll have staff in mainline rail stations threatening to call the police when someone tries to pay for their lunch with one. Read More >>

Bank of England Reveals First Polymer £20 Note

A new English bank note has been revealed by the Bank of England today, immortalising John Nathan-Turner for his role as producer of Doctor Who during the 1980s. No wait, it's another Turner. JMW Turner. Did some paintings they say. Was quite good at clouds and the sea, and they're hard because they never stay still. Read More >>

Treasury Licenses Out New £1 Coin Design

The little bits of island around the world that are still technically part of the UK empire may soon be using the new £1 coin, thanks to the Treasury giving approval for dependencies and territories to mint their own £1 clones. Read More >>

Fun Spoiled as Bank Demands a Dead Scientist for New £50 Note

The Bank of England has released some news we can understand for once, as it's all about the future of that rarest of English bank notes, the hold-it-up-to-the-light majesty of the big £50. Read More >>

Money Vandal/Artist Strikes Again

Artist Graham Short, who kicked off a nationwide treasure hunt in 2016 when he etched a likeness of Jane Austen on the then-new polymer £5 notes, is at it again. He's used the last few weeks productively in etching a 5mm image of England footballer Harry Kane on six fivers, three of which are now in circulation and ready to be found. Read More >>

Northern Ireland to Introduce Portrait Banknotes

Northern Ireland's Ulster Bank has had a bonkers idea, probably thought up by a work experience kid keen to give the system a kick up the arse and have something to tweet about first. It's going to try doing money sideways. Read More >>

Lake District Opts Out of Currency Union

A whole new bunch of bank notes are about to launch in the UK on May 1st, and these are going to be even harder to shift in a London Caffe Nero than a Scottish tenner – they're for the Lake District only. Read More >>

Vegans Won’t be Able to Eat the New Polymer £20, Either

The results are IN from the Bank of England's consultation over the animal fats in money scandal, and everyone says that's it OK and nothing is going to change. Hooray for democracy's ability to keep everything the same. Read More >>

Scotland Will Have a Polymer £10 in September too

Scotland's Clydesdale Bank, one of several Scottish banks that issues its own brand of bank note, is about to join the rush to make the tenner plastic. It'll launch its polymer £10 on September 21, just in time for baffled English tourists to take one home and have an argument in a Hemel Hempstead Tesco garage about if they're legal tender in England or not. Read More >>

That £100 Note in Your Pocket May be Worth £300

A super-rare bank note from the Napoleonic era has been discovered in the UK, with the £100 note expected to fetch up to £300 at auction. Which is a bit rubbish, actually, as when it was produced in 1814 it would've been worth the equivalent of around £3,500 in today's money. Read More >>

Unfakeable Fiver Faked and in Circulation

That new fiver with all the fancy windows and polymer construction designed to make it secure and harder to smash out a batch on a colour printer? It's been faked already, with police in Cornwall saying some have been spotted in circulation. Read More >>

New £20 Note Might be Safe for Vegans to Eat

The Bank of England and its note printing partners are experimenting with a new manufacturing process that does away with the small quantities of rendered animal fat tallow that are present in the new £5 and forthcoming polymer £10 notes, with a chance that the option might be ready in time for the introduction of the new £20 note in 2020. Read More >>

Meat Money is Staying in Circulation

The Bank of England is not yielding to pressure to remove the new polymer £5 note from circulation, with the note and its small quantities of animal fats to remain in circulation due to some serious sounding reasons. Read More >>

Evernote, Google Keep, OneNote – Which Note Taking App is the Best?

Popular cross-platform ideas-saving aide-memoir Evernote has suddenly and drastically gone down in everyone's estimation, thanks to the money men winning some internal arguments and limiting the features available to users of the free version. So is it time to jump ship and start using something else to tell you a thing needs doing on Friday? Read More >>

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Wacom’s Digitising Notebook Can Finally Convert Handwriting To Text

If you’re hesitant to give up pen and paper for all your note-taking needs, Wacom’s Bamboo Spark digitising notebook has added another good reason to avoid a touchscreen stylus for a little while longer: handwriting to text conversion. Read More >>