Monday 9 October 2006


Until recently, the banks have called it a cash-dispensing machine, but now one of them - Barclays - has decided to adopt the name by which the rest of us have always called it --- the "Hole in the wall"!

That, of course, is literally what it is, but I can't help wondering whether there isn't also a subsconscious connection with the legendary (and notorious) outlaws known as Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, which - in the days of the wild west - operated out of the Hole-in-the-Wall Pass in Johnson County, Wyoming, and which included such famous desperadoes as Jesse and Frank James, Kid Curry and - if you remember the movie - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Unfortunately, of course, the notion that when we ambush today's holes-in-the-walls we are robbing the banks is pure fantasy. In fact, of course, it's just the other way around!


Brian Sibley said...

Look at that photo of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang and tell me this - who do they more resemble: outlaws or bankers?!

Brian Sibley said...

Well, now, let me think..................................

Sorry, I'll have to get back to you on that one.

David Weeks said...

Nope. They look like bankers ~ just sitting on their ample fundaments being relaxed and content doing ~ well very little, just sitting. Now bank robbers have to be men of action and daring do, not like these be-suited, bowler hatted mob.
But then again perhaps I've got it all wrong and the latter-day robber is now more like a banker ~ I wouldn't put money on it though; not the robber nor the banker.