Where next, Columbus? Part 1 – Petrodollars, Warbucks and Pseudo-Pounds #newbankofx #bolamat50

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I met Screaming Lord Sutch in 1994. He was standing as a candidate in the Rotherham by-election after the sudden death of incumbent Labour MP, Jimmy Boyce. I was living in Rotherham at the time and he came up to me in the street and gave me a one-million pound note. I’m certain that I would not have thrown it away but I can’t find it, and since the “economic downturn” of 2008, I could really could do with finding it.

The note was an oversized, monochrome green mock of a British pound note (as I remember), and I can’t remember what he said at the time but I assume he was trying to buy my vote. I’ve always liked ephemera, so I’m sure I would have kept it, and I have always liked the aesthetics of printed money.

Anyway, with the impending UK General Election on May 7th 2015, I thought I would commemorate the untimely death of David Edward Sutch (10 November 1940 – 16 June 1999) with a new one million pound note which I will be using to buy people’s votes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screaming_Lord_Sutch

Not votes for me, but votes against the UK Conservative Party. No matter how finely you slice it, current Conservatism is the politics of greed, prejudice and inequality, and despite David Cameron’s advocacy of “aspiration”, he really means cheating, speculation and theft.

The point of this project is a satire on the corrupt nature of our financial, parliamentary and regulatory institutions.

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In 2013 I made a one-X paper note as a satire on the UK banking system, and I have done some work on a three-X note, with a projected range of a one, three, seven, thirteen, twenty-three and fifty-X notes. I featured my own portrait on the obverse of the one-X note, with Stalky Ringbits (the David Bowie of memento mori) on the reverse. The thee-X note has George Orwell on the obverse and Nefertiti on the reverse, but it is currently unfinished.

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The symbolism is important as well as the historic commemoration, and I have three obvious candidates for the obverse of the one-million Pseudo-Pound note – David Edward Sutch (aka Screaming Lord Sutch), Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (aka Mahatma Gandhi) and Clement Attlee (aka Major The Right Honourable Earl Attlee KG OM CH FRS PC).

I must admit that I don’t admire Sutch as much as Gandhi or Attlee, but he has a special place in my heart for his unbounded, joyful iconoclasm. Oh yes, and it was his idea.

For the reverse, I thought I would attempt to put my money where my mouth is (geddit?) in terms of equality, and feature a woman of substance. Current candidates are Mary Wollstonecraft, Mo Mowlam and Mary Shelley. Suggestions welcome.

There is a lot more to say about the notional value of money, paper or otherwise, but I am trying to keep my posts shorter, so more soon…

BETRICH Get Rich™! SPOT THE BOL™ competition #7 from The New Bank of X™! #newbankofx #spotthebol #BetRichGetRich

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The internationally-renowned artist Richard Bolam has been photo-retouched out of this historic photograph. The New Bank of X™, in collaboration with BETRICH Get Rich™personal wealth advisersis offering a cash prize for the first person to correctly identify the location of the Bol in the original image. The competition requires a small fee to enter and the prize may or may not be equal to that amount.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The New Bank of X™accepts no responsibility for loss, damage or personal injury in relation to this competition. Complaints and requests for information are via The New Bank of X™‘s premium rate telephone number and the rates from landlines are surprisingly expensive. Calls from mobiles numbers may be considerably more. All calls are recorded and monitored for training purposes and potential litigation. Terms & conditions apply.

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BETRICH Get Rich™! SPOT THE BOL™ competition #6 from The New Bank of X™! #newbankofx #spotthebol #BetRichGetRich

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The internationally-renowned artist Richard Bolam has been photo-retouched out of this historic photograph. The New Bank of X™, in collaboration with BETRICH Get Rich™personal wealth advisersis offering a cash prize for the first person to correctly identify the location of the Bol in the original image. The competition requires a small fee to enter and the prize may or may not be equal to that amount.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The New Bank of X™accepts no responsibility for loss, damage or personal injury in relation to this competition. Complaints and requests for information are via The New Bank of X™‘s premium rate telephone number and the rates from landlines are surprisingly expensive. Calls from mobiles numbers may be considerably more. All calls are recorded and monitored for training purposes and potential litigation. Terms & conditions apply.

©2015 The New Bank of X™

BETRICH Get Rich™! SPOT THE BOL™ competition #5 from The New Bank of X™! #newbankofx #spotthebol #BetRichGetRich

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The internationally-renowned artist Richard Bolam has been photo-retouched out of this historic photograph. The New Bank of X™, in collaboration with BETRICH Get Rich™ personal wealth advisersis offering a cash prize for the first person to correctly identify the location of the Bol in the original image. The competition requires a small fee to enter and the prize may or may not be equal to that amount.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The New Bank of X™ accepts no responsibility for loss, damage or personal injury in relation to this competition. Complaints and requests for information are via The New Bank of X™‘s premium rate telephone number and the rates from landlines are surprisingly expensive. Calls from mobiles numbers may be considerably more. All calls are recorded and monitored for training purposes and potential litigation. Terms & conditions apply.

©2015 The New Bank of X™

BETRICH Get Rich™! SPOT THE BOL™ competition #4 from The New Bank of X™! #newbankofx #spotthebol #BetRichGetRich

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The internationally-renowned artist Richard Bolam has been photo-retouched out of this historic photograph. The New Bank of X™, in collaboration with BETRICH Get Rich™ personal wealth advisersis offering a cash prize for the first person to correctly identify the location of the Bol in the original image. The competition requires a small fee to enter and the prize may or may not be equal to that amount.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The New Bank of X™ accepts no responsibility for loss, damage or personal injury in relation to this competition. Complaints and requests for information are via The New Bank of X™‘s premium rate telephone number and the rates from landlines are surprisingly expensive. Calls from mobiles numbers may be considerably more. All calls are recorded and monitored for training purposes and potential litigation. Terms & conditions apply.

©2015 The New Bank of X™

BETRICH Get Rich™! SPOT THE BOL™ competition #2 & #3 from The New Bank of X™! #newbankofx #spotthebol #BetRichGetRich

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The internationally-renowned artist Richard Bolam has been photo-retouched out of this historic photograph. The New Bank of X™, in collaboration with BETRICH Get Rich™ personal wealth advisersis offering a cash prize for the first person to correctly identify the location of the Bol in the original image. The competition requires a small fee to enter and the prize may or may not be equal to that amount.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The New Bank of X™ accepts no responsibility for loss, damage or personal injury in relation to this competition. Complaints and requests for information are via The New Bank of X™‘s premium rate telephone number and the rates from landlines are surprisingly expensive. Calls from mobiles numbers may be considerably more. All calls are recorded and monitored for training purposes and potential litigation. Terms & conditions apply.

©2015 The New Bank of X™

BETRICH Get Rich™! SPOT THE BOL™ competition from The New Bank of X™! #newbankofx #spotthebol #BetRichGetRich

Spot the bol graphics v1.002

The internationally-renowned artist Richard Bolam has been photo-retouched out of this historic photograph. The New Bank of X™, in collaboration with BETRICH Get Rich™ personal wealth advisersis offering a cash prize for the first person to correctly identify the location of the Bol in the original image. The competition requires a small fee to enter and the prize may or may not be equal to that amount.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The New Bank of X™ accepts no responsibility for loss, damage or personal injury in relation to this competition. Complaints and requests for information are via The New Bank of X™‘s premium rate telephone number and the rates from landlines are surprisingly expensive. Calls from mobiles numbers may be considerably more. All calls are recorded and monitored for training purposes and potential litigation. Terms & conditions apply.

©2015 The New Bank of X™