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What’s In Your Wallet?

A picture of my wallet

Continuing the “What’s In Your Wallet?” meme started by my good friend John Conners, here are the contents of my wallet at the time of writing:

  • A credit card
  • A debit card
  • A cashpoint card that is actually obsolete because I can use the debit card for withdrawing cash, but my bank still send me a new one every few years
  • A Citibank card that I think I have to use if I ring them up
  • A bronze award blood donor card
  • A Homebase loyalty card that I relunctantly accepted because it meant saving money on some kitchen furniture and which I never intend to use again
  • A Hilton HHonors [sic] card that I’ll probably never use
  • My National Insurance card
  • An NHS European Health Insurance card
  • A £1 BT Phonecard, valid until December 2002
  • A list of “important telephone numbers” card from my bank
  • £45 in cash
  • A return train ticket to Newport, South Wales, purchased through work for my meeting tomorrow
  • A dental appointment card reminding me that my next check-up is on the 2nd December 2008 at 4.30 PM
  • A business card for a local taxi firm that I never use
  • A receipt from South West Trains for the last train ticket to London Waterloo I purchased
  • A £25 Next voucher from Christmas 2005
  • A complementary Moo card given to me at the Future of Web Apps conference 2007
  • A business card from the Financial Advisor who arranged my mortgage
  • A piece of paper with a list of my relatives’ addresses on that I invariably look at on holiday when writing postcards
  • A Tandem Ticket to The Caves of Nottingham/The Tales of Robin Hood, valid until 10 August 2000
  • A “Beat Excess Stress” leaflet from my last job, kept because I thought it was hilarious
  • A photocopy of my birth certificate that I probably used as proof of age to get into rubbish nightclubs
  • An official poll card for the 1992 parliamentary election, that I probably used as back up proof of age
  • A map of Norwich city centre from one of my earliest dates with my partner
  • My front door key
  • A key for my Kensington laptop lock
  • A tiny key for one of those small suitcase padlocks that you could probably cut through using nothing more than a big pair of scissors

The wallet itself is a black leather one that I’ve had for as long as I can remember. It must be at least eighteen years old and I seem to recall it was a present. It’s only whilst writing this list that I’ve come to realise how much crap I carry around in it, but there’s something strangely reassuring about having a core set of items in there that never change!


There are 4 comments on this post. Comments are closed.

  • avatar Ian Nelson
    13 August 2008 at 07:41

    Wow. I read this out loud in bed last night and the wife and I were killing ourselves laughing. That's a bunch of crap you have in there.
    The contents of yours and John C's wallets are really making me notice how dull and functional mine is..

  • avatar John Conners
    13 August 2008 at 12:45

    Ha ha ha! I can't believe how many expired cards you have! Clearly you have a First In Nothing Out policy to what lives in your wallet. I assume by the amount of stuff in there (including keys) that your wallet measures about a foot square!

    Yes Ian, you definitely need to pile some more stuff in there that has absolutely no purpose at all! :)

  • avatar John Topley
    13 August 2008 at 19:56

    Ian, I'm flattered that you and your wife like to curl up in bed and read my blog! ;-) And there I was thinking I was mainly writing dry technical content.

    You know, I think you're both right - I could probably get away without that front door key in there. The weird thing is that list gives totally the wrong impression about me. At work they make fun of me because I have the most minimal, uncluttered desk!

  • avatar John Conners
    18 August 2008 at 21:35

    I'm not surprised you have an uncluttered desk, you've emptied cleared the contents into your wallet! ;)


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