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mariana24  Identity Verified
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EU Directive No. 456179 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Buried in the new (old and defunct!) Lisbon Treaty is the following provision in anticipation of GB joining the Euro:

In order to meet the conditions for joining the Single European
currency, all citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland must be made aware that the phrase 'Spending a Penny'
is not to be used after 31st December 2009.

From this date, the correct terminology will be: 'Euronating'.

Not a lot of people know that!

Good weekend all!

Mariana


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Hooray for the Irish! Jun 21, 2008

No wonder the Irish voted NO!
Jenny


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Victor Dewsbery  Identity Verified
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Too good to be true ... Jun 21, 2008

... and sure enough, it isn't.

I googled for the directive number, and got 39 hits from various joke sites. The earliest seems to be from 2006.

The format of the number is not right for the real EU anyway - the real numbers of directives generally have the format YYYY/##/EC or YY/##/EC (the order of the elements and the number of digits may vary, but this is basically the pattern).
E.g. 2000/43/EC of 29 June 2000 (right to equal treatment irrespective of race & ethnic origin).

However, it's a lovely story, so I'm glad that Mariana posted it.
But it's in the same league as the story that the EU wants to ban April Fools Day (seen in the SUN newspaper in 2005 - anyone care to guess the date?).


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xxxJPW  Identity Verified
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Guess the date... Jun 21, 2008

But it's in the same league as the story that the EU wants to ban April Fools Day (seen in the SUN newspaper in 2005 - anyone care to guess the date?).


Given The Sun's penchant for 'world exclusives', I'd say it was the 31st of March. Or earlier.

Cheers.


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mariana24  Identity Verified
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Joke it is Jun 21, 2008

Victor Dewsbery wrote:

... and sure enough, it isn't.

I googled for the directive number, and got 39 hits from various joke sites. The earliest seems to be from 2006.

The format of the number is not right for the real EU anyway - the real numbers of directives generally have the format YYYY/##/EC or YY/##/EC (the order of the elements and the number of digits may vary, but this is basically the pattern).
E.g. 2000/43/EC of 29 June 2000 (right to equal treatment irrespective of race & ethnic origin).

However, it's a lovely story, so I'm glad that Mariana posted it.
But it's in the same league as the story that the EU wants to ban April Fools Day (seen in the SUN newspaper in 2005 - anyone care to guess the date?).


Of course it's a joke, Victor, but I also thought it was worth it!

Cheers.


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Victor Dewsbery  Identity Verified
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Close Jun 21, 2008

John Paul Weir wrote:
Given The Sun's penchant for 'world exclusives', I'd say it was the 31st of March. Or earlier.


Nope, missed it. But only by one day.


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