Sunday, 4 January 2015

Here and There: Banks I

 Above, one of four banks in the small Australian town where I grew up. It's in a prime location, on the main intersection in town. 
Below, one of two banks in Preuilly, on the market place. Curiously, it rarely seems to be open and I hardly ever see anyone in there.
A la cuisine hier: Roast beef sarnies.

Roast turkey leg with savoury bread pudding (based on Ken's description of the stuffing he made for Christmas).


  1. C&E: LOL. It stands for National Australia Bank. I've never had an account with them.

  2. Ken: British slang for sandwiches.

  3. What's the origin? In America, we might call them sammiches -- baby talk.

  4. I'm not surprised the bank is empty. One of the big differences we notice between banks in the UK and ones in France, is that even when the bank has a cashier available, which in itself is a rare occurrence, you are expected to use the self service tills to obtain or bank money.

    NAB might be a better name for a French bank!

  5. Ken: No idea. I suspect fairly recent because I don't recall hearing it before we moved to the UK.

    Gaynor: Our French bank always has someone on reception. You are expected to use the self service for getting money out, but that's a security thing. All the cash is behind a secure door and the person overseeing the cash is locked in (to the point that staff on the outside either ring them up or slip a note under the door if they want to communicate). I always pay money in at reception, and if I want a large quantity of cash I request it from the receptionist. They then load a special card and I use that rather than my own bank card. I do that so as not to go over my bank card limits on withdrawals.

  6. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for that information. We bank at the CA in Preuilly but generally withdraw our maximum allowed with the bank card.

  7. Gaynor: That's our bank too.