Some moolah for ya sky rocket?
This post could be construed as slightly off topic. Granted, it’s not about how digital technology can be used as a tool for social change. Nor is it about the power of the web to connect, mobilise or empower local people to help shape their environment. But you could say it’s innovative and holds local relevance – generating collective belonging, providing cultural references, etc etc. Plus, it provided some amusement to two of my colleagues and me this lunchtime.
Nine of my colleagues and I take part in a local reading programme to read with children in a large multi-ethnic school in Bow, the heart of the East End of London – historically Cockney territory. While we tend to avoid the jellied eels on our walk back to the office from school, today I needed to get cash out and so stopped at one of the only free cash points down Roman Road.
On inserting my card I was greeted with a screen asking me to choose my language. Unfortunately I wasn’t offered Bengali – which would be useful for many of the local residents – but rather English or Cockney. Being the inquisitive researcher, I opted for Cockney and was delighted to be taken on a whistle-stop tour of Cockney banking.
Of course, I couldn’t go without taking some screen shots throughout my transaction, so I thought I’d share them here as an example of a local service meeting the needs (of sorts) of local residents through technology, while making the most mundane of transactions a little bit more exciting for everyone/me.
(And if anyone can tell me why £15 is a Commodore, £24 is Pony and £40 Double Top, I’d be more than grateful to know.)