Edinburgh: Money and Etc.


In Edinburgh we ran into a similar problem like we did in Northern Ireland, they have their own money! This wouldn’t be a big issue for most people but as we are travelling around the United Kingdom it has certainly turned into a pain in the ass. Because of the inconvenience I want to know more as to why they even allow this to happen to this day.

A ten pound sterling note from the Bank of Scotland. According to press release the otters are part of a combined story with all three of the new redesigned ten pound notes. The new notes also feature tactile features for the visually impaired.

There seem to be a few reasons as to why the Scots use their own tender then completely rely on the English pound. The first is that the notes from Scotland carry the same value as any note from England would. It is more of a “we are still a different country” thing. They may be governed by the the United Kingdom’s Parliament but they still have their own form of government. And so they want to use their own money. This makes perfect sense to me, they just want to let people know that they are their own and can have their own money.


ATMs of the Royal Bank of Scotland are decorated for the Gay Pride Parade in Edinburgh. The bank has made a commitment to the UN’s LGTBI Standards of Conduct. This is the global standard of making sure businesses are practicing equality in their company. In addition, the bank is set to attend at least a dozen events promoting the LGTBI community. This includes local parades, to travelling in Poland and India to celebrate gay culture.

Another reason as to why the Scottish money is used may be because at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. The notes are primarily used in Scotland but do have legal tender all through the United Kingdom (in general). They may have figured why not? However, the Scottish notes are not printed by the UK’s government. That is all going to be done by the Scottish and for the Scottish.

For the rest of this blog post I will be talking about different places in Edinburgh and how they relate back to media and information.

The BBC is the news organization that is paid for by the British government through licensing fees. The organization was founded in the 1920s as a radio broadcasting station. Ten years later King Henry V would be the first British monarch to address the nation over the airwaves. In the 1950s they broadcasted the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. This was the first time a coronation had been broadcasted live.
Kinloch Anderson is one of the oldest tartan makers in the world and are the official suppliers to the royal family. King Henry V was the first to award the company a royal warrant. A royal warrant is a royal appointment acknowledging a company’s commitment to supplying the royal family over a long period of time. And this certainly is the case for Kinloch Anderson. They worked Prince Albert and Queen Victoria in designing the first official tartan of the monarchy. Ever since the rest has been history. The company receives inquiries every year from people looking to have their own tartan design.


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