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COLIN LESLIE: Our Mr Doughnut will make great design for the new £1 coin

By Herald Express  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

MY DESIGN FOR THE NEW £1 COIN: Our very own Mr Doughnut

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SO I'VE been talking about a wide variety things on my daytime show this week. So let's start with a new £1 coin, designed to be the 'most secure in the world', set to be introduced in 2017.

It comes amid concerns about the 30-year old coin's vulnerability to counterfeiting, with an estimated 45 million forgeries in circulation. The new coin is based on the design of the old threepenny bit, my favourite coin when I was growing up.

A competition will be held to decide the image on one side of the coin so I thought this a good chance for me to come up with my idea. Some doodlings later and hey presto… my take on our very own Mr Doughnut.

I was also a big fan of Edd Joseph. Who's he I hear you ask? Well he's a graphic designer who was ripped off by an internet seller when he bought a PS3 games console for £80 and the vendor failed to deliver the goods.

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So he got his revenge by bomBARDing him with Shakespeare by TEXT — all 30,000 words.

Edd discovered he can simply copy the words from the internet and paste them into a text message — without costing him a penny on his unlimited mobile phone package.

He sent it as one text, but his victim can only receive them in 160 character chunks — meaning the 37 works of Shakespeare will buzz through in 29,305 individual texts. That's revenge.

A question next. What can you do in 10 minutes? Well apparently quite a lot because I found these little facts: in one minute 204million emails are sent.

In two minutes we take as many photos as the whole world took in the 19th century. In three minutes Gok Wan sells one item of his shapewear lingerie range. In four minutes the UK's personal debt rises by over £1million. In five minutes a human heart pumps 25 litres of blood round the body. In six minutes a driver is caught speeding. In seven minutes some 42million Facebook pages are viewed.

In eight minutes 2,136 babies are born. In nine minutes three people go bankrupt.

In 10 minutes an 18-to-24 year old will have checked their phone at least once. This one I'm sure is incorrect... surely its more like two minutes.

Now I was amazed how many products and food chains alter their products to adapt to varying tastes around the world and I thought I'd share just two with you that caught my eye. First... have a break, have a Kit Kat... if you dare. Forget peanut and dark chocolate, there are 80 Japanese Kit Kat flavours to date and the taste combinations are becoming increasingly bizarre.

Currently there are 19 on sale, including berry wine, golden peach, custard pudding, grilled corn, miso, sweet potato, jacket baked potato with butter, ramune soda, Earl Grey tea, caramel macchiato McFlurry, camembert cheese, pounded soybean paste, lemon vinegar, yubari melon, red potato and yuzu citrus. Yum yum!

From Pizza Hut Singapore comes the Seafood Symphony pizza — apparently 'mouthwatering scallops, prawn and squid are accompanied by white button mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and fresh rocket leaves'

Not sure what it tastes like but it certainly sounds nice.

Finally, we are delighted to announce we are the official media partner for 'Party by the Seaside' on June 14 and 15. Paignton Green will be playing host to UB40, Soul II Soul, Aswad and Heatwave. Check out palm.fm for all the details and stay tuned for your chance to win tickets to this fabulous event.

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