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The world’s first cash point was installed in a Barclays in Enfield, 40 years ago this week.

Big whoop, but you must read the charming story that the BBC has written about it. It’s like some kind of Carry On Cash Point; a simpler time that you can hardly imagine really existed.

“Reg Varney, from the television series On the Buses, was the first to withdraw cash.”

This is like those stories, so beloved by the North American press, of pensioners flighting off cougars with pen knives. It re-enforces a lovely, deeply held believe in who we are — or were.

“Inspiration had struck [inventor] Mr Shepherd-Barron, now 82, while he was in the bath.”

Ah, the bath — mental stimulant for so many great ideas. Viz Archemedes and J-Lo.

“Barclays was convinced immediately. Over a pink gin, the then chief executive signed a hurried contract with Mr Shepherd-Barron.”

Read the whole, life-affirming article here. Inventors, all it takes is a bath, a pink gin, the ear of the CEO of Barclays Bank, and a dream.

Photo from the BBC article

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