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via mobile 13/1/2021 at 3:57pm
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Having a clear out and found my old school Arithmetic Exercise Book.
At 10, I was doing add, subtract, multiple and divide with:
Quarters, bushels and pecks
Quarters , pints, gallons
Pounds, shillings, pence
Furlongs, chains, yards
Yard, feet, inches
Miles, furlongs, chains
Tons, cwt,QRís
Quarters , pound, ounces
Quarters, pints, Gills
Pounds, shilling , pence.
Thank God for Metric.
Bet some of you old timers remember this too.


13/1/2021 at 4:19pm
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Born 1960 so the arrival of decimal was a godsend for me, I would often con my grandad out of a Half a crown, saying it would only buy me ten pence worth of sweets, he wasnít that daft as he told my dad to keep an eye on me when it came to pocket money time.

My mum, never stopped converting back to old money right to when she popped her clogs back in 2002 aged 80.

God bless them all.

Thanks for the memory jog, jsparkes.


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Imperial is still used in USA as well as here.
Until 2014 I delivered maths in a military college, imperial to metric conversion was in the syllabus..(BTEC and City & Guilds).

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This is one of the interesting and frustrating things about maintaining my Land Rover. The older BL spec stuff has imperial measurements, most of the newer stuff on it is metric and other stuff seems to have been made to fit by eye. Some of the bolts and fasteners are BSF, some are Whitworth some are metric and some are whatever the last owner had lying around in their workshop. In fact I have even found a few JIS screw and bolts.


13/1/2021 at 6:10pm
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When I was an apprentice we had day release to college. Remember those days, you were paid to do your studying and if you fell short on results you had your boss on your tail. Everything was imperial and all our calculations were done using a slide rule.


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You omitted Troy weight!
saxo1


13/1/2021 at 8:08pm
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We had day release too.
I was at College between 1969 and 1973. It was during that time that we turned metric in all areas. Physics units changed twice in that time, from Imperial, to cgs, to SI. (Correct me if I'm wrong)
I was working in a shop weekends and holidays, and 2 of us changed all the shelf prices in the shop the day before Decimal Day, 15th Feb 1971, so I could convert cash easily in my head after that.


13/1/2021 at 11:15pm
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Quote: Originally posted by franbee on 13/1/2021
We had day release too.
I was at College between 1969 and 1973. It was during that time that we turned metric in all areas. Physics units changed twice in that time, from Imperial, to cgs, to SI. (Correct me if I'm wrong)
I was working in a shop weekends and holidays, and 2 of us changed all the shelf prices in the shop the day before Decimal Day, 15th Feb 1971, so I could convert cash easily in my head after that.



I remember decimal day quite clearly. I was Station Foreman on the Underground Central line, although fortunately one of the outlying open-air stations. Still a very busy one with commuters though. It was a nightmare for our booking office staff, and for our ticket collectors (remember them?) I was kept busy too, running around trying to sort out passenger queries and trying to help my staff. Crazy!

As for my school days, well we'd hardly heard of metric then.


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14/1/2021 at 12:17am
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Quote: Originally posted by martin734 on 13/1/2021
This is one of the interesting and frustrating things about maintaining my Land Rover. The older BL spec stuff has imperial measurements, most of the newer stuff on it is metric and other stuff seems to have been made to fit by eye. Some of the bolts and fasteners are BSF, some are Whitworth some are metric and some are whatever the last owner had lying around in their workshop. In fact I have even found a few JIS screw and bolts.



I've still got late hubby's tool kits including complete socket sets for BSF and Whitworth - relics of the days when we had a vintage and other "old" cars.

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14/1/2021 at 12:29am
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When I was an engineering apprentice from 1972 to 1977 I did a day release course at college for 4 years (till 1976). The problem for me was that the technical drawing plans and machine dials in the factory were all imperial and the ones at college were metric. Using the machines at work constantly for 4 days, I struggled on the college engineering practice course so my final results had some reflection on this. Within a few years after, CNC machines were introduced which were fully automated by aid of a computer operator so 4 years of college working on basic machines was a total waste of time and effort because I didn't gain the skills for modern technology. Later in life I went to work in the steel fabrication industry and everything was in metric so soon adapted to it and found it much easier in the long term. However, the one thing I still can't get to grasp with is if anyone states a long distance in Kilometres but if you tell me in miles then I can fully understand the distance they are talking about.
Not everything changed to metric in the 70's though as drinks behind a bar are still currently served in pints and petrol and diesel is delivered in litres, so it seems that after 50 years we're still not fully converted to metric. Strange!


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via mobile 14/1/2021 at 8:49am
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A litre is a metric measurement. I had. Saturday jobs in shops in the 60s and really stuggled with adding up in old money in my head, as you had to back then. Not allowed to take O level maths, I was that hopeless.


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I found an exercise book which I had at school aged 8

A question, under the easier section

If the cloth was 13/6d a yard, how much would 1ft.4
ins cost?


14/1/2021 at 10:59am
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I'm sure I've got some groats and pieces of eight in a drawer somewhere.


14/1/2021 at 12:07pm
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I can work in either metric or feet and inches, but the one thing I can't do is visualise metric. If someone says that something is 2 feet 6 inches long, I can picture it, but say 850mm and I don't have a clue unless I have a ruler handy. Speed and distance is not quite such a problem as I know that 80km is 50 miles.


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14/1/2021 at 12:29pm
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I've still got a silver 3d bit somewhere in my wallet. If you don't know what that is, it's worth half a tanner and is about half the size.

At Tech COLLIDGE we had to deal with thous, not mils, and my first weeks wage was 30 bob - less stamp.

Francais, I'm still doing that conversion thing, so I've got a few years to go yet to catch up with your mum.

It's good to know I can still beat the Chasers on answering some questions!

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I have a 1/2 a Groat that I found years ago with a metal detector.
saxo1



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