- 04 Jul 17
Hot Press has lived through some truly extraordinary moments over the past four decades. Over the course of four parts, Olaf Tyaransen rounds up the 40 most seismic events since Hot Press was born.
THE INTRODUCTION OF THE EURO (2002)
Half the nation’s shoppers were carrying cheap pocket calculators in early 2002 in order to check just how much “old” money an item on offer cost. The introduction of the European single currency, or euro, happened on January 1st. There had been a well-run information campaign in advance so, despite some predictable profiteering by unscrupulous retailers, the changeover went relatively smoothly (although many remarked that “€50 is now the new 20 quid!”). Except for that hapless bank official who, having obviously missed the meeting, accidentally gave a customer €50,000 instead of five grand. The customer went away on holidays and wound up on Liveline insisting that, according to the banks themselves, mistakes cannot be rectified once you’ve left the counter. Sadly, he was ultimately forced to return the loot.
THE SMOKING BAN (2004)