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The meaning of money?

I was mildly amused by a comment overheard on twitter the other day. One G20 protestor to another “How do we know which ones are the bankers?” Answer: “They’re the ones wearing jeans”.

This reminded me of a minor turning point in my life some years ago: coming out of Temple tube station on a visit to London I was struck by the fact that all the men seemed to be wearing ties. All around me, men (and some women) in black shoes, smart suits and ties.

I was suddenly transported back to my school days – the men suddenly seemed like school boys, pouring and up and down the staircases, carrying their homework home in their briefcases.

Off to the next lesson. Eager to please.

Semioticians would probably talk of the meaning behind these symbols and others that appear in central business districts the world over, such as the architecture of the buildings themselves. What do the sharp creases in trousers and buildings alike signify? Why is it all so shiny?

They might also ask what it means when someone reportedly waves a £10 note out of a bank window at marchers. Just what did that mean?