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Old Lincolnian
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16 of 22  Sun 10th Jan 2016 12:03pm  
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My wife used to do a lot of dress and curtain making at one time and I seem to remember material was sold by imperial width, but by metric length which is probably about as confusing (or integrated) as you can get. I don't know if this was widespread or just the outlets she used to use.
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Midland Red
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17 of 22  Mon 11th Jan 2016 6:25pm  
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I posted this in Dec 2014 on another thread: Drove past a Chinese "All-you-can-eat" buffet restaurant today in Stratford-on-Avon - amongst the signs in the window was one which said "1/2 price meals for children under 140cm" I remarked to the present Mrs Red that this meant nothing to me (as I have no feel for metric measurements) - then I pondered whether, for consistency, it should have started "0.5 price . . ." Oh for the good old days of farthings and half-crowns; rods, poles and perches; pounds and ounces; miles and furlongs Oh my Wink
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Dreamtime
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18 of 22  Tue 12th Jan 2016 12:29am  
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A definite 'Yes' from me too. Confusion, the price we pay for progress ! Roll eyes
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Janey
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19 of 22  Sun 31st Jan 2016 9:02pm  
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Oh I HATE metric and refuse to use it whenever I can! Causes me a few problems though, like having to print out my metric recipes in imperial, or find my tape measure if I want to send away for a rug, and I am lost if I want to buy new curtains. Yes yes yes, bring back feet and inches and pounds and ounces .... I knew where I was then! As for my weight, well, I haven't a clue what I weigh in metric, but then perhaps that is as well ....... Oh my
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PhilipInCoventry
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20 of 22  Mon 1st Feb 2016 7:29am  
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Hi all Wave Whilst we have precise conversion rates for larger calculations, as a thumb rule I think of a metre as a yard & 30cm as a foot. Hope that helps.
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Roger Turner
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21 of 22  Mon 1st Feb 2016 9:04pm  
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Funny you should say that Philip. I keep conversions in my head and use them all the time, but a foot to me is 300 millimetres and an 8 x 4 ft sheet of plywood is 2440 x 1220 millimetres. I know a metre is approx. 39 inches and 100 millimetres is 4 inches, 200 is 8 inches etc, so I always convert my height and weight using one kilo equals 2.2 lbs, 14 lbs = one stone, 454 grams = 1 lb. Both my daughters stick their children up against a door post and mark their height and measure them in feet and inches. My son in law is an engineer and works with very fine tolerances, the Americans are still prominent in this field and work in imperial. While I`m not particularly advocating we return to imperial, it will not die and I think we are doing our youngsters a disservice if they don`t learn to use both systems with equal facility.
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Mike H
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22 of 22  Tue 2nd Feb 2016 12:11am  
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On 1st Feb 2016 7:29am, PhilipInCoventry said: Hi all Wave Whilst we have precise conversion rates for larger calculations, as a thumb rule I think of a metre as a yard & 30cm as a foot. Hope that helps.
If one only uses a metric rule or weights or whatever, it is easy. Imperial isn't coming back. The US still uses it just to be different.
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