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devilmunchkin
08-08-2006, 16:40:14
Every so often sheer boredom causes me to examine the calendar pinned to the wall next to my desk. I keep noticing Bank Holidays which are celebrated in the UK. What sort of holiday is that?

mr_G
08-08-2006, 17:02:53
simple UK tralala day almost every month wich has no holy day in it get's a bankholiday.
So they can spread the free days over the year.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
08-08-2006, 17:04:49
It's happy mortgage day for beta.

mr_G
08-08-2006, 17:07:29
:lol:

maroule
08-08-2006, 17:22:19
"Bank holidays"... the UK really is a nation of pragmatic shopkeepers...

Japher
08-08-2006, 17:38:29
where do banks go on holidays?

mr_G
08-08-2006, 22:00:31
to the park o/c

Lazarus and the Gimp
08-08-2006, 22:17:39
It's a day on which (in theory) everyone is entitled to the day off. People who have to work it generally get paid more, or get time off in lieu.

In a typical year we get 8 days. Two at Christmas, one at New Year, two at Easter, two in May and one in August.

mr_G
08-08-2006, 22:20:22
isn't that what i said?

Greg W
09-08-2006, 01:33:12
Used to be that that was the day that banks squared their ledgers. Back when everything was done on ledgers.

Cruddy
09-08-2006, 05:15:34
Banks traditionally didn't open on Mondays.

Lazy bastards.

Funko
09-08-2006, 08:16:11
It's just our name for national holidays where most people don't have to work.

mr_G
09-08-2006, 08:17:36
are you swiss?

Funko
09-08-2006, 08:20:38
YODELEHIHOOOO

Drekkus
09-08-2006, 08:35:12
Aren't bank holidays days after an official holiday, but everyone still have the day off?

King_Ghidra
09-08-2006, 08:42:56
no

mr_G
09-08-2006, 08:44:18
^
that's a nice answer
not a company man's answer but a nice one inderdeed

Drekkus
09-08-2006, 09:02:20
So christmas day is a bank holiday? I thought only the second day of christmas was a bank holiday?

Tizzy
09-08-2006, 09:03:21
Nope, both Christmas and Boxing days are bank holiday.
Or if one or both of them fall on a weekend day then the next working day(s) after too.

Funko
09-08-2006, 09:07:31
If that was what it meant, that's what I'd have said.

Greg W
09-08-2006, 09:33:55
See, here they're called public holidays. We do have a (aka one per year) bank holiday, but only bank staff get the day off (well, and a few other places which go out in sympathy cos they need the banks open).

Drekkus
09-08-2006, 09:40:32
So a bank holiday is simply an official holiday

Funko
09-08-2006, 09:42:54
Yes...

Drekkus
09-08-2006, 09:51:40
Where you sit on the couch all day

Greg W
09-08-2006, 09:53:34
And have pokey bum wanks.

Sir Penguin
09-08-2006, 17:17:39
Here we call it a statutory holiday, like rape. We give them names though. For example, the last stat (two days ago) was BC day, or, more generally, the August Long Weekend (I dunno what they call it in other provinces).

SP

devilmunchkin
09-08-2006, 20:13:48
what do you all plan to do with you bank day?

Fergus & The Brazen Car
12-08-2006, 10:06:41
Avoid the compulsory rain. By law, U.K. bank holidays must have rain, and people must go by car to places where well-muscled beer bellied moustachioed women wearing stained vests eat curry sauce drenched chips out of polysterene trays and they drink stewed tea out of tartan coloured thermos flasks inside moist steamy cars and look at rain coming down like osmium plated stair rods on the dreary vistas of boiled cabbage smelling decaying Victorian seaside towns where retired colonels go to contemplate the prostate cancer eating at their insides.


Alternatively get the Eurostar to Paris and walk around the City of Light trying desperately to avoid the fresh steaming mounds of crap de chien.

Chris
12-08-2006, 10:19:34
Limey slackers.

Fergus & The Brazen Car
12-08-2006, 10:29:43
Americans have lotsa holidays.

National Lard Eating Day, Martian Loony Queen Day, Jorge Washpots Birthday, Mythsgiving and so on.


I like pumpkin pie. Send more now.

C.G.B. Spender
12-08-2006, 12:37:21
not to mention Fetter Hans day

mr_G
12-08-2006, 13:52:22
Originally posted by devilmunchkin
what do you all plan to do with you bank day? uhhhh drinking?

C.G.B. Spender
12-08-2006, 14:03:47
Drink one uhhhh for me

mr_G
12-08-2006, 14:10:42
hmmm ok :beer:

Greg W
13-08-2006, 00:41:45
Originally posted by Fergus & The Brazen Car
Avoid the compulsory rain. By law, U.K. bank holidays must have rain, and people must go by car to places where well-muscled beer bellied moustachioed women wearing stained vests eat curry sauce drenched chips out of polysterene trays and they drink stewed tea out of tartan coloured thermos flasks inside moist steamy cars and look at rain coming down like osmium plated stair rods on the dreary vistas of boiled cabbage smelling decaying Victorian seaside towns where retired colonels go to contemplate the prostate cancer eating at their insides.Some vestige of sentence structure please! :clueless:

devilmunchkin
13-08-2006, 16:56:36
does mr g get a dutch bank holiday too?

mr_G
13-08-2006, 18:01:58
whenever i feel like it.
today aamof is gonna be a perrect bankday for me.

:beer:

paiktis22
13-08-2006, 19:53:05
what they do and it is schjmarjt, is to glue any day of the week they have a holiday on the next monday. that way they get a 3-day holiday nomatter what. so nomatter if jesus was crusified on a say thurdsay (i dont know im just saying) they'll "moarn" officially for that the next monday. i think that's how's done. it's really good.

devilmunchkin
14-08-2006, 05:05:28
do architects get any back holidays they want?

mr_G
14-08-2006, 07:51:43
jesjes if their boss is really really kewl they do.

Funko
14-08-2006, 08:11:07
Originally posted by paiktis22
what they do and it is schjmarjt, is to glue any day of the week they have a holiday on the next monday. that way they get a 3-day holiday nomatter what. so nomatter if jesus was crusified on a say thurdsay (i dont know im just saying) they'll "moarn" officially for that the next monday. i think that's how's done. it's really good.

Yep, that's right.

Fergus & The Brazen Car
14-08-2006, 09:25:37
Originally posted by Greg W
Some vestige of sentence structure please! :clueless:

Thur's plenny thur. What youse a-beseechin' an' a-hollerin' fer be commas an' sich.

I'se all outa them varmints.

MoSe
14-08-2006, 09:40:18
Originally posted by paiktis22
to glue any day of the week they have a holiday on the next monday. that way they get a 3-day holiday nomatter what.

OTOH we get the best of our fixed-dates festivities, when one falls on Tuesday or Thursday, that we can add one day leave respectively on the intervening Monday or Friday and make it a 4-day weekend
:)

Most our employed worker national frame contracts (each "industrial" sector has one) include in the leave days amount a few more to make up for the average number of fixed-date festivities which inevitably happen to fall on a nonworking day every year. This way it's the worker who has more flexibilty in deciding when he'll like to place his "bank holidays" individually.
Of course being it an average it means some years are luckier than others

MoSe
14-08-2006, 09:51:23
for instance, as tomorrow Tuesday August 15 is National Holiday in Italy, 70-80% of those who were not already in the middle of a longer vacation stint, took today off.

As I had nothing better to do, I agreed to be the one doing the "watch" shift on this dead day, so I can inanely post all day here, and clean up my desktop

:D

I'll use this leave day later to dodge some busier period, and/or to make my own holiday on my birthday which will fall on tuesday

Funko
14-08-2006, 09:54:37
If we have a monday bank holiday we can also take the tuesday or friday off...

MoSe
14-08-2006, 10:32:09
so, as I have all day to fill with something to do, I'll exemplify the italian festivities in general and wrt this year's weekends

1. Jan 1 - New Year's day | fell on sunday, bugger
2. Jan 6 - Epiphany (Three Kings) | friday, 3d we :)

3. VAR - Easter, falls on Sun by definition, adds to the leave-heap. but then this entails also
4. VAR - Easter Monday, always on Mon (duh!).
___ That's why we prefer to take the week AFTER rather than the one before, also to eventually combine it with
5. Apr 25 - Liberation (by the US army from the then occupying Nazis after Fascism crumbled, end of WWII) | Tue, add Mon (a "bridge") to a 4 days we \o/
6. May 1st - Labor day | Monday :) "someone" took just 8 days off to join'em in a 17-streak from Good Friday :beer:

7. Jun 2 - Republic Proclamation anniversary (1946), recently reinstated as a fixed-day holiday | another friday :)

8. Aug 15 - should be Mary's Ascent (?), but the most ignore it, just a civil holiday, Ferragosto in the name or 1st roman emperor who also gave name to the month | Tue, 4-days for those who want

9. Nov 1 - All Saints (nothing to do with Halloween, which got introduced in the last couple years, for cultural colonisation and commercial purposes...). IIRC several years ago also Nov 2 (Commemoration of the Deads) used to be festive

10. Dec 8 - Mary's "Immaculate Conception" (?), yeah right | Friday again!

11. Dec 25 - Christmas
12. Dec 26 - St.Stephen (we don't call it Boxing Day)
___this year they conveniently fall on Mon-Tue, yaay!, and then 2007 will begin on a Monday too!

plus
13. VAR - City's Sain Patron, which depends on each city.
For instance Milan is smart enough to celebrate St.Ambrose on Dec 7, tied with the "Immaculate". This year, that "someone" plans to take 2 week off in between, staying home 18 days starting Thu Dec 7 to Tue Dec 26 (and with just 3 more days off it could be till new year!).
Rome instead has St.Peter & Paul on 29 or 30 June IIRC, Turin St.John on June 24, Naples the famous San Gennaro on Sept 19.

MoSe
14-08-2006, 10:43:55
In summary, a VERY lucky year this one :)

Of the 11 fixed-date National Holidays (not counting the Easter couple which date roams to keep it on a Sun-Mon), we had:

1 time only, on a weekend (on the year's "boundary" too)
4 times 3-days we (Fri or Mon)
2 times a bridge (use 1 day leave to make it a 4-day we)
1 time a 4-days per-se holiday on Xmas, 2 times for Milan which extends one of the above 3d with the Patron Saint

Only one astray alone in the middle of the week. OTOH this means that you can choose whether to link it to the previous or subsequent we using 2 days leave :)

Dyl Ulenspiegel
14-08-2006, 10:44:59
I have heard MOSE has been cancelled. Why is that twat still posting, although without graphs?

MoSe
14-08-2006, 10:52:14
they let the scraps afloat

Originally posted by Funko
If we have a monday bank holiday we can also take the tuesday or friday off...

excuse me, but there's a lot of difference in arbitrarlily extending any 3 consecutive days festivity, from filling the 1 day gap in 3 non-consecutive ones to make them 4 in a straight!
Oh, the feeling of achievement in exploiting such opportunities! You never truly savored a leave if you don't know what "taking/having a bridge" means :coolgrin: