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Miles and pints, what a mess!

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Message 1 - posted by U2379384 - alt id 3, Feb 23, 2006

Time to cut loose from the useless hangover Imperial measures.We buy milk and petrol in litres but beer in pints in pubs (but not the off-licence).We measure our consumption in miles per litre but spees in miles per hour and most roads are marked in miles.All our children have learnt the metric system only for more than thirty years. We buy food in kilos.The Imprial system is only used by us. The white commonwealth,Ausralia canada New Zealand South Africa went metric completely decades ago. The rest of the civilised world is metric except 60% of measurements in the USA who do not use Imperial but some slightly different versions of their own and persidt bizarrely with some oddball cooking measures like the cup. Why not move to full metric usage now? It seems that only readers of the Telegraph and Mail can't get their minds round it.They don't seem to realise that pubs will still sell beer and that the metric wine and spirit measures were introduced successfully without incident.
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Message 2 - posted by U2487692, Feb 23, 2006

My sister lives it in Australia and says its easy peasy.They seem to drink a lot of beer there without confusion.
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Message 3 - posted by quiet_storm, Feb 23, 2006

The reason we don't change over completely is down to cost. Money that would be better spent on hospitals and schools. <ok>
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Message 4 - posted by miss, Feb 23, 2006

I know that it would make sense to change over (or should that be convert) to metric but it is nice to hear a newborn babies'(ooh that doesn't look right) weight in pounds and ounces! and order a pint or a half <ale><ale>.


<smiley> We should cling on to our quaint imperial measures for traditions sake<ok>
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Message 5 - posted by quiet_storm, Feb 23, 2006

Have you tried buying a quarter of something like say meat in metric? <doh>
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Message 6 - posted by Rob, Feb 23, 2006

Where will the money come from to change the
zillions of road signs? My guess is that it will come from us vehicle licence payers, which will mean that there is even less to spend on our already poorly maintained roads!
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Message 7 - posted by TheLocalYokel, Feb 23, 2006

Nothing wrong with miles. I have driven a lot in Europe and find no problem whatever in quickly mentally converting miles to kilometres and vice versa.

With the government purse strings so tight there are far more important things to spend public money on.

The next thing will a call that we should drive on the right, just because Europe does.
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Message 8 - posted by John of Paddington, Feb 23, 2006

The reason they drink so much beer in Oz without confusion is the XXXX (that how they spell beer) is so weak.

Don't talk so daft, I still buy my milk in quarts and my beer in half quarts. I play on a pitch th is one chain long and with a simple sum I still do miles per gallon. I read my temperature in Farenheight and call the Wilson wobly coin tenbob. I ak for pounds of goods when shopping and no one turns a hair. Babies are still weighed in Imperial at Birth and people round me still know the difference between a Fathon, a furlong and a Firkin. Long live the Imperial, down with Napolians metric meassure which was based on a false premiss.
My sister lives it in Australia and says its easy peasy.They seem to drink a lot of beer there without confusion.

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Message 9 - posted by U2448401, Feb 23, 2006

I imagine changing to metric beer measures is dirt cheap and would be born by the brewers as they routinely replace broken glasses. Road signs get replaced or repainted frequently as well. In the menatime sticky labels over the top are cheap as chips.There's no reason why this process should cost the tax payer very much at all.
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Message 10 - posted by Rob, Feb 23, 2006

Sticky Labels? Youv'e been watching too much
Blue Peter! How long will THEY last?
I imagine changing to metric beer measures is dirt cheap and would be born by the brewers as they routinely replace broken glasses. Road signs get replaced or repainted frequently as well. In the menatime sticky labels over the top are cheap as chips.There's no reason why this process should cost the tax payer very much at all.

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Message 11 - posted by U2487692, Feb 23, 2006

JOP might be of some use in a retro pub quiz but all that olde worlde knowlege is of no practical use. By the way where do you get quarts of milk, surely it comes from Waitrose in 5 litre containers.
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Message 12 - posted by U2448401, Feb 23, 2006

Just like their metric measures in beer!
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Message 13 - posted by Rob, Feb 23, 2006

No it comes from cows, or goats, or sheep .
JOP might be of some use in a retro pub quiz but all that olde worlde knowlege is of no practical use. By the way where do you get quarts of milk, surely it comes from Waitrose in 5 litre containers.

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Message 14 - posted by U2448401, Feb 23, 2006

Not sure I'd want JOP on my pub quiz team given the deluded assertions around here. He might be more use in a specific WWII quiz.
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Message 15 - posted by John of Paddington, Feb 23, 2006

Cheap as Chips, when was the last time you went down the Fish & Chip Shop? You only get a dozen or so chips for a quid, that aint cheap.
We stick to own own messures, Cups, spoons, drops, handfull, fingers and hands. Have you ever tried to work out a 1/4 or 1/8 in metric? I do notice that the French have adopted the 1/2 Franc, good metric that.
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Message 16 - posted by Rob, Feb 23, 2006

France are on the Euro now and don't use Francs
Cheap as Chips, when was the last time you went down the Fish & Chip Shop? You only get a dozen or so chips for a quid, that aint cheap.
We stick to own own messures, Cups, spoons, drops, handfull, fingers and hands. Have you ever tried to work out a 1/4 or 1/8 in metric? I do notice that the French have adopted the 1/2 Franc, good metric that.

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Message 17 - posted by U2448401, Feb 23, 2006

At least we now know that JOP doesn't do the cooking.
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Message 18 - posted by John of Paddington, Feb 23, 2006

Milk can be bought in TESCOS in Pints, Quarts or 1/2 Gallons (the metric equivelent is displayed).
No I don't do the cooking as I have a wife who is very good at it and there are some very good pubs that serve Pints of real Ale and good food.
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Message 19 - posted by John of Paddington, Feb 23, 2006

How do you manage with a Yard of Ale?
Just like their metric measures in beer!

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Message 20 - posted by grum_back_seat_driver, Feb 24, 2006

All roadsigns are made with sticky vinyl labels.

Cheap ones last 5-7 years, expensive for 7-10.
(I used to go out with a signage maker!)

Sticky Labels? Youv'e been watching too much
Blue Peter! How long will THEY last?
I imagine changing to metric beer measures is dirt cheap and would be born by the brewers as they routinely replace broken glasses. Road signs get replaced or repainted frequently as well. In the menatime sticky labels over the top are cheap as chips.There's no reason why this process should cost the tax payer very much at all.

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