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She popped her clogs

It’s the last proper day of SIBOS and the dialogue has been good.

Interestingly, I finished yesterday with a trip out to a rural restaurant that took me past windmills and canals …


… so I finally saw a bit of Holland for proper.

It did amuse me that when I arrived at the restaurant my hosts gave me a pair of clogs.

I kind of thought clogs were a bit like Pearly Queens.

You’ve heard of them, but don’t expect to see them anymore.

So I asked my host: “does anyone in Holland wear clogs anymore?”

He said: “Sure, I do. They’re great for when I’m gardening.”

Hmmm …


There you go. It reminds me of the old joke: I once went out with a Dutch girl who wore inflatable shoes. Tried to find her again recently, and found she had popped her clogs.

Anyways, we had a good dinner debate about customer-centricity and what that means; whether payments is a price war or a cost war; why SEPA and the PSD has stalled; the meaning of innovation in payments; enterprise billing and how to make that work; and more.

You can see it was all very light-hearted.

Up early this morning for the “Pitch Your Lab” innotribe session this morning … see ya later.


About Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner

Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here…

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  • Thanks for sharing the interesting story. Btw, i think clogs are very comfortable.