April 17th Edition.

I’m back to posting with new equipment, an HP Chromebook 14 G4, and I can’t describe the tremendous relief I feel after two months of trying to work on a tablet.  Typing has been the core of my whole working life from clerk-typist (now “administrative assistant”) to writer and editor, using fingers and thumbs on solid keys. I wasn’t able to turn off suggest-a-word, so the A.I. kept trying to rewrite me.  I wasn’t used to how sensitive a touch keyboard is to touch, so letters kept popping up that I hadn’t intended.

Now, touch typing.  At the beginning of creativity, early man drew on cave walls with a finger dipped in ash.  That got rough on the finger, so someone came up with the idea of using a blackened stick.  There was the first image processor.  Writing and drawing technology progressed steadily through the ages, moving from a finger to a stylus, typewriter and word processor, and what do you use for this latest technology?  A finger!

I’ve been posting ersatz journalism, so why not an ersatz column? FUN WITH NEWS is that, odd news items and sometimes not so odd I come across through myriad news sources.  I call it “ersatz” because I’m not reporting but reporting on others’ reporting.

For this post,  quite the pretty penny

From Toronto Sun, byline Canadian Press:

BERLIN — A massive gold coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint has been stolen from a museum in Germany. Police in Berlin say thieves broke into the German capital’s Bode Museum before dawn Monday and made off with the 100-kilogram gold coin worth millions of dollars.

From Wikipedia: The Big Maple Leaf (BML) is one of six[1] $1 million (CAD) gold coins each weighing 100 kilograms (220 lb) (3,215 troy ounces). They were produced by the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) in 2007, at their Ottawa facility where the first BML produced remains in storage.

The Bode museum has what is considered the world’s largest coin collection, but is also known for Byzantine art and related works.  The museum is located on Museum Island (where else) on the Spree River near Berlin, and if I live long enough and prosper sufficiently to get to Europe, that museum will be on my must-see list.

Further from The Toronto Sun:

(Royal Canadian Mint spokesman Alex Reeves) “So then it became a product that was made on demand and customers who made a non-refundable deposit on the coin had one manufactured for them,” Reeves said.

A total of five coins were produced and sold that way, he said. The one stolen in Germany is one of those five.

I found no mention of who the buyers were or what they were doing to do with the coin once they got it home.

Obverse Big Maple Leaf.jpg

This is the front side


And this is the back.

That’s it for this edition of FUN WITH NEWS.  I’ll be searching through my myriad news sources for other odd and not-so-odd items.  Do I have the nerve to call these posts “editions”? Obviously, yes.



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