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Here is the money found on the ground annual update.



This year's total is £26.16 which is a slight decrease on last year. Previous totals are below.



There were no remarkable events this year. There were 256 coins found in total which is a decrease on last year.

Twelve pound coins have been found which is an increase on last year and a return to a rate of one per month. One £2 coin was found this year and only one 50p piece. Foreign coins amounted to 26c Euro and 1c US which is also a decrease on last year.

The main coin finding area is the station. In previous years the route to work/university etc has been varied the daily journey in 2016 is exactly comparable to the journey from 2011 to 2015. It is no longer the case that I find a coin every week.

What can we conclude? We have plateaued out now over the last three years. So many more places have introduced card payments and so many more now have contactless paying, people just don't need to carry so much cash on them and so there's less opportunity for droppage.

Additional bonus analysis. It's been my feeling that I am finding more 20p pieces than before. So I have looked at past data and I think there is a definite trend upwards in the % of 20p pieces as a function of the total number of coins. No idea what this means though.

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Last night we went to Hinterland which is the old St Peter's Seminary in Cardross. I was a bit doubtful as our tickets were at 9pm which seemed really late to me and it was really quite expensive. When we got to the pickup point I could see where the money had gone. There were loads of stewards and at least four buses driving the loop. We queued at out designated time. The people that seemed to be going looked like old middle class people and students. Pog was the youngest there and I saw no other young people. We got on the bus and went to Cardross and the last bit of the road was in pretty poor condition. I can see why they decided to bus people in as there was no parking up at the site and the road was full of holes.

When we got there we were given light sticks. These were long (5ft) walking poles with a rubber grip and the last 12 inches was a bright light. I fell in love with mine right away. We walked up the dirt path which in the pitch dark would have been hazardous. In places it was quite muddy and slippy as we had been warned it would be. On the way up we could hear weird noises coming through the trees. Not scary but a bit unnerving. When we got to the seminary itself we followed the red light sticks into the building and up a long curving ramp. I was already really disoriented with the dark and that fact that some of the angles on the building are just not quite square. We walked onto a viewing ares where we looked out onto what Al said must be the main religious space. I thought I was looking down into a deep hole with galleries descending into the depths, then realised it was water reflecting the galleries above. There was a swinging censer and a light and sound show. I wouldn't say music as, although there were vocals, there were no words or real tune. Two black clad figures walked out and into the pool of water which, once again, I had misperceived as being really deep. It was about an inch deep. I had sincerely thought that the black clad people were going to descend the steps into the water which was going to rise way over their heads. They refilled the censer and set it swinging again. We watched for a bit and moved on.

As the building is just a concrete shell now I actually found it very difficult to determine the functions of various parts of the building. I couldn't tell if the galleries were real or just decorative to create interesting looking spaces. Also I'm not sure how much of the building would have actually been visible when there were still floors and ceilings. In which case the building, when it was in use, would have looked very different from the way it does now.

We found ourselves round the other side of the pool. We had been told to switch off our lights at this side and we were looking back at the people who had just arrived with their lights on. There did seem to be something profoundly symbolic of life and death in that. Worldly and afterlifey. Here there were lights and images projected onto the ceiling which Pog said reminded him of evolution and echoed the spotlit birch trees outside. I remarked to Al that this would be an awesome place for a music festival or rave. Or as an urban LARP environment. Some of the graffiti is really very attractive and makes the concrete look great.

We stayed here quite a while. Time had no meaning. Then Al said we had about 20minutes before the last bus. I actually would have liked to stay a bit longer. We tried to get photos on the way out, but the building defied us on that and would not be adequately captured on an iphone. In contrast the coffee hut looked quite festive, but there was no time for that. On the way back down one of the volunteers told me the light sticks were made on site, custom for the event and couldn't be bought anywhere. The S4C security guard had to pry my light stick from my hands as I did not want to give it up.
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Here is the money found on the ground annual update.



This year's total is £27.06 which is a slight increase on last year. Previous totals are below.







There was one remarkable event of a fiver in February. Without this event the MFOG total would have been an all time low. There were 314 coins found in total which is a slight decrease on last year.

Only 7 pound coins have been found which, despite being a slight increase on last year is still only one every two months. No £2 coins were found this year and only 2 50p pieces. Foreign coins amounted to 13c Euro and 1c US which is also a decrease on last year.

Main coin finding areas are still stations, bus stops and outside shops. One point is that while in previous years the route to work/university etc has been varied the daily journey in 2015 is exactly comparable to the journey from 2011 to 2014. It is no longer the case that I find a coin every single day and this year for the first time it has also been the case than I no longer find something every week. There was one week in May when zero coins were found in the whole week.

What can we conclude? Now that Gregg's has introduced card payments and so many places now have contactless paying, people just don't need to carry so much cash on them and so there's less opportunity for droppage.
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Back in the day (2 years ago) when my line manager was male and we were still in the corner of the office, one week we were left completely unsupervised. The publications designer, who sat with us and was also a male of the senior persuasion, was not in attendance either. This lead to my esteemed and hilarious colleague saying that without appropriate male supervision us four women would be unable to cope. There would be chaos and no work would be done and no decisions could be made and it would all be disastrous and when the men returned there would be paper and broken crockery everywhere. The ceiling tiles would be down and there would be a goat in the office. The goat being the ultimate symbol of chaos. This became a bit of an in-joke that a lack of appropriate male supervision resulted in goats in the office.

Shortly after this I went on holiday and when I came back there was a nanny and two kids on my desk. They were very well behaved though. Then one day Juliet and I went shopping in Tiger and I found the big grey goat and he has a particularly chaotic look in his eye. He was a bad influence on the others and became known as the chaos goat. In the following days when my boss, who by this time had changed, was out of the office then I'd take pictures of the big goat getting up to mischief and gradually it grew going from one off photos to photo stories with the rest of the family involved. Sometimes when I was off they would have adventures without me and I'd post the pictures later. The herd grew with the addition of wee goat.

It depends how busy I am whether any goat posts are made and I have been told that hilarity in the office should be minimal especially in the current climate of "organisational change" where if I'm seen to be goofing off it's going to lead to trouble and isn't sensitive to my colleagues. So any activities have to be very low-key and I am definitely "not allowed to make a wacky races video of the goats racing up the row of desks on vehicles unless no one else is here". So whilst it might look like there's chaos in my office, what really happens is I get my goats, set up a photo in a few seconds, snap it and no one is the wiser. And it generally happens when I'm too exhausted to think straight anymore and need a quick coffee break and in the time it take to boil the kettle I can snap a few photos. Just in case anyone thinks I spend all day just larking about with plastic farm animals.
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The first book I read was The Colour of Magic. I was in second year at uni and I was hanging around with the coolest people who also like sci-fi and fantasy and rock music and role-playing. Someone, may have been Rab Taylor, recommended that we read this and I couldn't even get off the first page as I was laughing so hard. As soon as I finished it I borrowed the Light Fantastic and that year Equal Rites came out.

After that I bought every book as they came out and read them right away. The annual Pratchett was always the book that skipped to the top of the to-be-read pile. I loved The Witches and The Night Watch and The Librarian, naturally. I thought that Feet of Clay was a brilliant work of literature and I loved all the Tiffany Aching books. I thought they were brilliant books and not just brilliant kids books.

I had the great good fortune to be at an Albacon where Sir Terry was a guest of honour. I think this is where the in-joke of the "rare unsigned Pratchett" came into being. He was a lovely guy and genuinely funny in real life. I was genuinely delighted when he agreed to be Guest of Honour at the Satellite 4 Eastercon although we all knew from the start that it was unlikely that he'd be well enough to attend.

And when I heard this week that he had died, I cried.
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Here is the Money Found on Ground Annual Update.
MFOG 2014 Annual Comparison

This annual comparison is starting to look too busy so here is the last three years alone.
MFOG Annual Comparison 3 years

This year's total is £24.09. This is a decrease on last year's takings. Previous totals have been as follows.

2008 42.45
2009 23.33
2010 36.62
2011 42.69
2012 46.29
2013 39.13
2014 24.09

There is a continual downward trend in coin finding.

MFOG Annual Total Comparison

There was one remarkable event find of a five pound note. However I did also find 12 second class stamps with a value of £6.36
There have been 324 coins found in total, a marked decrease on last year. Only five £1 coins were found. This is only one very 2 months or so which is a marked decrease on previous years, when it was slightly more than one a month. No £2 coins or 50p pieces were found this year.

Foreign coins amount to 20c Euro and 13c US, 1c Canada. This is a decrease on previous years.

MFOG 2014 Coin Breakdown

Main coin finding areas are still stations, bus stops and outside shops. Pog's school has been less lucrative, but this may be due to him going to music activities instead of hanging about in the playground. One point is that while in previous years the route to work/university etc has been varied the daily journey in 2014 is exactly comparable to the journey from 2011 to 2013. It is no longer the case that I find a coin every single day although there's never been a week that I've not found something.

What can we conclude? Scotland is feeling the pinch and although this is not the lowest total since records began it is the second lowest of all time.
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Here is the Money Found on Ground Annual Update.

MFOG 2013 jpeg

This year's total is £39.13. This is a decrease on last years all time high score. Previous totals have been as follows.

2008 42.45
2009 23.33
2010 36.62
2011 42.69
2012 46.29
2013 39.13

The was one remarkable event find of a five pound note.
There have been 489 coins found in total, a marked decrease on last year. Eleven £1 coins were found. This is slightly less than one a month which is a decrease on previous years, when it was slightly more than one a month. No £2 coins were found this year and 50p coins remain the second least frequent at only 2 per year.
Foreign coins amount to 98c Euro and 43c US. This is an increase on last year.

MFOG 2013 Pie jpeg

Main coin finding areas are still stations, bus stops and outside shops, although since Pog started High School this has also been a frequent finding location. One point is that while in previous years the route to work/university etc has been varied the daily journey in 2013 is exactly comparable to the journey in 2011 and 2012. There was a relatively low point in October, when due to injury, I couldn't bend over and had to leave a number of coins on the ground.

What can we conclude? If we can interpret anything about the state of the economy from money found on the ground it would appear that Glasgow has entered a double dip recession and people are still on an austerity drive. One hypothesis could be that the increased number of sunny days in 2013, especially during the Summer, have lead to an decrease in MFOG as generally there is more money left on rainy days than dry sunny days.

MFOG 2012

Jan. 3rd, 2013 02:16 pm
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Here is the Money Found on Ground Annual Update.MFOG 2012 Annual Comparison

This year's total is £46.29. This is the highest total since records began in 2008. Previous totals have been as follows.

2008 42.45
2009 23.33
2010 36.62
2011 42.69
2012 46.29

This year has been remarkable in the lack of remarkable events. There have been no large finds at all and the largest denomination find is £1 coins. This means that the increased amount found has not been boosted by £5 or £10 notes as in previous years.
There have been 778 coins found in total, 15 of which were pound coins confirming the previous frequency of just slightly more than 1 per month. 50p coins remain fixed at 6 per year.
Foreign coins amount to 16c Euro and 32c US.
MFOG 2012 Breakdown

Main coin finding areas are still stations, bus stops and outside shops. One point is that while in previous years the route to work/university etc has been varied the daily journey in 2012 is exactly comparable to the journey in 2011. So the increase is not based on other variables.

What can we conclude? If we can interpret anything about the state of the economy from money found on the ground it would appear that Glasgow has returned to its 2008 state and in fact is doing better now than ever. Also my eyesight is not any worse. One hypothesis could be that the increased number of rainy days in 2012 have lead to an increase in MFOG as generally there is more money left on rainy days than dry sunny days.

MFOG 2011

Jan. 2nd, 2012 12:45 pm
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Here is the Money Found on Ground Annual Update

MFOG 2011

This year's total is £42.69. This is the highest total ever. Previous totals have been as follows

2008 42.45
2009 23.33
2010 36.62
2011 42.69

Remarkable events were the first ever finding of a two pound coin. And two five pound notes.
There were 471 coins found of which 11 of these were pound coins. There were also 6 50p coins found which is unusual as these are the second rarest next to £2 coins.
There has also been a total of 39 Euro cents and 8 US cents found.

The full coin breakdown is as follows:-

MFOG 2011 Coins

Main coin finding areas are still stations, bus stops and outside shops. The school playground has been fertile ground this year as has the climbing centre lockers.

What can we conclude? It would seem that despite a difficult economic climate Glasgow people still drop and leave a large amount of money on the streets. This increases when it's dark and raining and when drink is taken. Whilst in other cities this year such as London, Naples and Rome no coins were found at all. This may be a Glaswegian phenomenon.

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