Archive for June 26th, 2016

50 years on

Sunday, June 26th, 2016:

Image copyright Barclaycard Image caption Bottle of gin and a credit card? Barclaycard launches in 1966 Fifty years ago this week Barclaycard issued the first credit cards in the UK. Half a century on, consumers are used to a range of convenient ways to pay, but back in 1966 there was a feeling of change when people tried to brandish their exciting new plastic cards. “When it arrived I didn’t really know what it was,” admits Liz Hodgkinson, who was a fresh-faced 22-year-old just out of university. The company sent out some 1.25 million plastic cards to Barclays customers from […] Read More →

50 years on

Sunday, June 26th, 2016:

Image copyright Barclaycard Image caption Bottle of gin and a credit card? Barclaycard launches in 1966 Fifty years ago this week Barclaycard issued the first credit cards in the UK. Half a century on, consumers are used to a range of convenient ways to pay, but back in 1966 there was a feeling of change when people tried to brandish their exciting new plastic cards. “When it arrived I didn’t really know what it was,” admits Liz Hodgkinson, who was a fresh-faced 22-year-old just out of university. The company sent out some 1.25 million plastic cards to Barclays customers from […] Read More →

Iceland fans: we will still cheer on England – if you beat us 

Sunday, June 26th, 2016:

“This is the biggest day in the history of Iceland football,” he said. “We have all grown up watching English teams and now we are playing England.” Kristbjorg Agustsdottir, 71, who retired two years ago as senior trade commissioner at the Canadian embassy in Reykjavík, told how she has paid for five members of the family to attend the match to celebrate her daughter who has just completing her MBA and her granddaughter’s graduation. Ms Agustsdottir, a Manchester United supporter, said: “For a small nation like ours to come so far is a dream. We will win against England on […] Read More →

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