Trips to Tokyo via Anchorage in the '70's would see the cabin crew taking their ANC daily allowances - paid in cash - to the bank to buy Yen, which they would then add to their TYO allowance, and buy US dollars, which they would then take back through ANC and buy UK pounds - or variations on that theme, depending on which way the three exchange rates were flowing that trip, and get back to LHR having made a profit.
I thought this was a good wheeze, and tried it myself one trip. I made a loss. Never could get the buying and/or selling rate the right way round.
( Flt Eng's had to do sums etc ..... )
Only got it right once - Although Bermuda used Bermuda Pounds, most of the prices and transactions were in US Dollars, most of the tourists being US citizens, who had great difficulty in understanding Sterling, half-crowns, florins, two and sixpence etc. Bermuda hotels used to pay us in Bermuda Pounds, even tho' we were often going on to New York, and all pleas to please pay us in US dollars were firmly refused, we were in Bermuda and that was 'their' currency - tough. ( after all, they wanted to get rid of their B.Pounds, 'cos they were usually less value than the Mighty Dollar.)
Arrived one day and there were notices at the airport showing that the Bermuda Pound was actually more valuable that day. That was the one and only time that the hotel paid our crew allowance in US dollars, barstewards, I refused them as we were on Bermuda Territory and demanded Bermuda currency - their rules, oft quoted when it suited them. Eventually the hotel gave in and gave us B.Pounds. I then turned to my crew and told them to take their B.Pounds to the bank and get an extra 10% on the exchange rate - they would need dollars in New York the next day.
One won !
Stories of Bermuda Hotels attitude to crew would fill a whole new thread. One day.
Back to dyslexia ...............
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The "Wolrd" one was all hand painted
I read it time and time again before I realized.
Seriously though, my many posts about cheese being a factor in dyslexia is pretty solid where I'm concerned. I love the stuff, but quit eating it at age 50 odd. I noticed an improvement in the way my eyes scanned the written line and soon started to learn to spell. Still pretty bad, but improving a lot. If I break the no cheese rule, it affects me within hours and takes days to wear off.
This money exchange thing . . . many years ago, I was taxiing out at EMA or some such place and a 707 crew were wanting to know how they could pay for fuel since the guy wouldn't take US dollars. I offered to tank the aircraft, intending to make £50 quid for myself. They declined after hearing the exchange rate. I was taken aback, but went on my way. To my cringing dismay, when I looked at my scribbled calculations back home, I found I'd asked for 500.