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Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Jens Regge, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    Denmark went *to* metric in 1907, but coffee, butter and a few other
    food items are still "ordered" in pounds. Today it means that you get
    500g of what ever, but especially the people born before the second
    world war still use these measurements. So folks I would predict that
    you will have your mixup for a few years to come ;-)

    Martin Djernæs, Oct 8, 2004
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  2. What do you expect from a Martian air traffic controller? They're used to
    squeluooms as units of distance.
    Roger Whitehead, Oct 8, 2004
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  3. Ah, but what about Whitworth? I assume the fittings on my cheap
    Raleigh bicycle are Whitworth, since no metric or English wrench I
    have will fit exactly.
    Stephen H. Westin, Oct 8, 2004
  4. Of course. But I bet there are more Cessnas out there than Airbuses.
    I heard a wonderful anecdote (from a Plessey employee) about that. It
    seems that RR and P&W entered into a joint development program, where
    one would build the front part of the engine, with the other supplying
    the back. Well, Pratt & Whitney shipped their part over. They had
    taken into account the English/metric problem, since RR is metric and
    the Americans used inches. So everything bolted together
    nicely. Unfortunately, they had ignored the fact that the direction of
    rotation is opposite on different sides of the Atlantic, so it blew
    sky high on the test stand when they tried to start it for the first

    Anyway, I was trying to think of mechanical systems that remain in
    service longer than automobiles. Think of how old some elevator
    systems are!

    Stephen H. Westin, Oct 8, 2004
  5. Could you do that again, in guineas? :)
    Stephen H. Westin, Oct 8, 2004
  6. At Ford, I heard stories of working with the Taunus/Cortina body drawing.
    It seems that this was the first real joint program involving the UK and
    Germany, so there were two sets of grid lines: on 5-inch centers and 100mm
    Stephen H. Westin, Oct 8, 2004
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    Big Bill Guest

    Do you have a need for them, or are they just fillers in the "Full
    Featured 385 piece tool set"?

    Bill Funk
    Change "g" to "a"
    Big Bill, Oct 8, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I know of one fellow who when told he'd have to pay duty, put his car in
    reverse, parked by the side of the road, opened a bottle, swigged from the neck
    for about a glass worth and dumped the rest in the ditch. That got him down to
    the permisible 2 bottles...

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    Alan Browne, Oct 8, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Nothing beats base 2.
    Alan Browne, Oct 8, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Roger Whitehead wrote:

    Get up to date please, they switched to the adnak sytem decades ago.
    Alan Browne, Oct 8, 2004
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    Peter Chant Guest

    ....and I thought the problem was the differece in size between
    Imperial and US squeluooms.

    Peter Chant, Oct 8, 2004
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    Peter Chant Guest

    I don't think so, mine is a Halfords so fairly cheap but I don't
    think it is the 385 piece range of tool kits.
    Peter Chant, Oct 8, 2004
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    Peter Chant Guest

    I bet learning your 59 times table at school was a bugger.
    Peter Chant, Oct 8, 2004
  14. It's just the 6 times table with a minor adjustment of course - but
    learning the 16 times table at age 8 certainly came in handy later in life
    - as did knowing 3/4 as a fraction of a pound. ;-)
    John Cartmell, Oct 8, 2004
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    kashe Guest

    I think I was in my teens before I figured out a fifth of
    whiskey was a fifth of a gallon -- just a short quart.
    kashe, Oct 8, 2004
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    Mick Guest

    No, Cycle Engineers' Institute Standard Thread
    Tip: an adjustable spanner works wonders :)
    Mick, Oct 8, 2004
  17. Most mechanics do have a use for them.....Automobile parts come with both
    English and metric hardware. And, sometimes, a worn bolt can be loosened
    more easily with the other set, even though it would be the wrong size were
    the bolt brand new........I hardly work on cars anymore, but I still have a
    complete set of both English and metric sizes.......
    William Graham, Oct 8, 2004
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    Mick Guest

    In the UK 2x1 rough sawn timber is still 2 inches by 1 inch but you buy
    it by the metre for length.
    Want a sheet of plywood please, yes sir, 8 foot by 4 foot? Yes please,
    what thickness do you want? We do 4mm, 6mm, 12mm, 18mm .........:)
    Plastic pipe for kitchen waste? no problem, one and a half inch or one
    and a quarter inch diameter, how many metres would you like sir?
    Mick, Oct 8, 2004
  19. But, if you're UK based (forgive pun) base 47 is useful in vat


    Oh well, since you ask, because the current rate of vat is 17.5% wich
    can be expresses as 7/40, and the resultant vat content is thus 7/47ths!

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    Michael J Davis
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    the meaning of "discussion" with "digression".
    Michael J Davis, Oct 9, 2004
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    kashe Guest

    As it should be for rough lumber. The problem is in the way
    they've played with the finished size over the years.
    Nice to have it that way. In the US, they've recently started
    shaving the thickness of plywood. What used to be 1/2 inch is now
    15/32; 3/8 inch is now 11/32., etc.
    kashe, Oct 9, 2004
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