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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Oyster card Barclaycard (l)ondoner-card

The combined Oyster card, Barclaycard and errr, lunchtime snack, booze, book & paper card launched yesterday. We first heard about this new card in
December 2006. The Onepulse card combines an Oyster card to use on London Transport, with a credit card and a cashless way of paying for items under ten quid. These currently include Books Etc, Chop'd, Coffee Republic, EAT, Krispy Kreme, Threshers and YO! Sushi. So you'll be able to swipe the one card at the aforementioned shops to pay for your food and drinks.

Barclaycard Oyster card

Sean Gardner, chief executive of a price comparison service site, said it was another step towards a cashless society. He enthusiastically called it

"a genuine advance in the credit card industry and looks set to cause a real stir in London. Experts have been predicting the end of cash for years and this looks set to be another step in that direction."

Hating to be pedantic (as anything that involves carrying less cash around is fine in my books), but why is Londoner spelt with a lower case "l" in the Tube ads? I can understand stylistically keeping everything in lower case, but then why not start the sentence with a lower case "i"? It's looks even weirder because the words: Oyster card, Credit and Cashless underneath the card are capitalised.

Maybe it's just me.


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