The Money Shot: on that note...

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"What better to represent British culture and heritage than a piece of white fish dipped in delicious batter and fried to perfection?"
  • | by Emily Bater

Bank notes will include images from all four UK nations from 2015, the Bank of England announced this week.

The new images will first be introduced on the £5 note and will be taken from the Royal Coat of Arm and the Royal Badge of Wales, which feature your standard lions, dragons, unicorns and crowns.

But we here at the Money Shot think the BoE is missing a trick by not putting something a bit different on the new bills.

So, we took it upon ourselves to suggest some alternative images which represent the best of each of our lands…


Fish and chips

A traditional fish and chip supper

Image: Steven Lilley

What better to represent British culture and heritage than a piece of white fish dipped in delicious batter and fried to perfection? You could even include a range of regional accompaniments – mushy peas, curry sauce or gravy depending on your heritage. 

Waterloo Bridge

The Kinks will attest that the view from Waterloo Bridge as the sun sets is one of the finest in England, and as London is the home of the Bank of England this seems pretty fitting.

Salford Lads Club

Salford Lad's Club, Manchester

Image: Rept0n1x

This iconic Manchester location is associated with The Smiths and numerous Manchester luminaries. Maybe its famous sign could be emblazoned on a note?



Image of Piazza in Portmeirion

It looks like it doesn't belong in the UK, let alone Wales, but Portmeirion is one of Wales' most weird and wonderful attractions.

Designed by Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925, the town's Italian Riviera design, amazing colours and distinctive spires make it an unforgettable place.

Welsh cakes

A Welsh cake might be difficult to portray on a note, but a big pile of them covered in sugar is pretty easy to identify. 

Millenium Centre

Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Image: Thomas Duesing

"In these stones horizons sing" is the quote which is written across the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, one of the most architecturally accomplished buildings in Wales.



A 'Rabbie Burns' haggis

Image: Calum MacÙisdean

Scotland already has its own bank notes and they make sure to emblazon it with their greatest architecture and historical figures, from Robert the Bruce to Rabbie Burns. But where's the testament to Scotland's favourite dish? It may not be pretty but it's certainly tasty.

Irn Bru

The national soft drink of Scotland deserves its moment in the sun.

Arthur's Seat

The view of Edinburgh Castle from Arthur's Seat

Image: Rob Farrow

With an amazing view overlooking the whole of Edinburgh, maybe it shouldn't be Arthur's Seat itself but the skyline it looks out onto goes onto the notes.

Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

Image: Jennifer Boyer

The only World Heritage Site in Northen Ireland, the Giant's Causeway is an amazing spectacle which was formed over 60 million years ago by a volcanic eruption.

Feargal Sharkey, The Undertones

One of Northern Ireland's most famous musical exports, Sharkey is most famous for penning 'Teenage Kicks', the favourite ditty of the late radio DJ John Peel.

The Ulster Fry

A full Ulster Fry - a breakfast with soda bread and potato farls

The greatest of all cooked breakfasts, the Ulster Fry sets itself apart from it's contemporaries by including soda bread and potato farls.

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News in brief

Fancy using contactless payment, but afraid you'll get scammed? Consumer body Which? has suggested lining your wallet with foil to prevent it being 'read' by fraudsters – and maybe it could jazz up a dull purse too?

The government has announced that Green Deal funding will end, after months of to-ing and fro-ing. The scheme offered cashback and incentives on solar panels, double glazing and new boilers.

More than half of the under-40s will be renting homes instead of buying in 10 years' time, according to accountancy firm PwC.

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Join us next week for another piledriving edition of the Money Shot. Until then, send us your letters.