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Twinkle little euro

Never let it be said that Euromoney doesn't break new ground in its tireless coverage of finance. Last year we brought you the news, from Bowie bonds to Chechen bonds, financing lapdancing to book-writing bankers.

Now, as a special New Year's treat, we have a poem eulogizing the euro, written by Ms Opal Innsbruk, found at the bottom of our copious Christmas mailbag. For full appreciation, read it aloud to your friends and colleagues.

The euro

Tiny little golden coin

On you depends so much

Will you bring what's good for all?

Equal value, smooth transactions
Help towards an understanding

Between the nations all involved?

Or will you bring with you the loss

Of independence, freedom of choice

As with Atlantis - that mythical island of old

Will you sink us without a trace

Under a sea of monopoly and anonymity

And avarice for gold.

Ah, tiny little golden coin

So much depends on you.

Eurogem or Eurotrash? Can you write something better? AC

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