"Stupid bloody Poms. Stupid bloody Poms. Stupid bloody Poms"
You're constantly encountering dumb rules, imbecilic shop assistants, officious civil servants, illegible signs and basic, grinding thickness.
But sometimes, you think "There ain't half been some clever bastards"
(Ian Dury thought so, too.)
Take the Oyster system for public transport in London.
Buy the card, load it up and wave it over the sensor when you enter and leave an Underground station or bus.
Deducts the fare from the card, works out the cheapest fare or combination during any travel day and caps it at that charge.
Contactless. Simple. Brilliant.
Go shopping at M & S and use the self-service checkout.
Quick as a flash, good ergonomic layout, pay with credit card within seconds.
I'd say - conservatively - that it's twice as fast as the ones I use in Germany
Ain't half been some clever bastards.....