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Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Tony Cooper, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. Tony Cooper

    Tony Cooper Guest

    That's kinda hard to believe. "Dozens", to me, would mean at least
    36. "A dozen" is 12, "a couple of dozen" is 24", but "dozens" means
    more than 24.

    There are dozens of languages spoken at the UN, but I can't imagine
    that being the case in "most London schools".
     
    Tony Cooper, Feb 24, 2014
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  2. Tony Cooper

    sid Guest

    "most" may be a little exaggeration, but you may be surprised, data
    presented here from 2008 so may be higher now.

    http://data.london.gov.uk/visualisations/atlas/language-2011/atlas.html

    http://repec.ioe.ac.uk/REPEc/pdf/qsswp1012.pdf
     
    sid, Feb 24, 2014
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  3. Tony Cooper

    Savageduck Guest

    Well, I count 23 different language groups in one list and 29 in the
    other. What is said is those are the groups where English is considered
    a second language. They don't say how many of those languages are
    taught in schools in the UK, or at least greater London, or to what
    degree all education is conducted in any of those languages. There are
    foreign languages taught in the UK education system, but I doubt that
    they are part of the core education.
    As in the USA where we have a melting pot of immigrants with many
    different languages ranging from Hmong, to Vietnamese, Spanish,
    Russian, Chinese, etc. basic education is usually in English with some
    exceptions. In California we have several school districts where
    Spanish plays a role in bi-lingual education, but those are the
    exception not the norm. In some of the communities where some of these
    various nationalities have clustered there are specialized schools
    using those languages., but for the most part the goal of the immigrant
    to the USA is assimilation, and that usually means being able to
    communicate in English and in many areas, Spanish.
     
    Savageduck, Feb 24, 2014
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  4. Tony Cooper

    sid Guest

    I'm not in London so I can't say for sure which languages are taught in some
    inner city London schools but the language for all other lessons would be
    English.
    I can say that the languages taught in state schools here in the South West
    are German French or Spanish. Other languages would be taught at A level or
    above.


    I'd say the same is true here
    but not much point in learning that if you want to communicate with yer
    average cockeny :)
     
    sid, Feb 24, 2014
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  5. Tony Cooper

    Savageduck Guest

    That makes sense, and is pretty much what I would have expected.
    The same goes for your average good ole hillbilly.
    Unless his name is Juan.
     
    Savageduck, Feb 24, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    Now if you say tons of people, what is the average weight of the people
    you are referring to.
     
    PeterN, Feb 25, 2014
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  7. Tony Cooper

    Eric Stevens Guest

    The British buses are designed on the basis of 12 people per ton.
     
    Eric Stevens, Feb 25, 2014
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  8. Tony Cooper

    Savageduck Guest

    So they average out at 166.6 pounds each.
     
    Savageduck, Feb 25, 2014
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  9. Tony Cooper

    Eric Stevens Guest

    I believe they may have recently increased this figure.
     
    Eric Stevens, Feb 25, 2014
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  10. Tony Cooper

    Whisky-dave Guest


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/european_languages/definitions.shtml

    "The largest number of community languages in Europe can be found in the United Kingdom. Over 300 languages are currently spoken in London schools. Some of the most established of these are Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin and Hokkien. "
     
    Whisky-dave, Feb 25, 2014
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  11. Presumably, if the statement about design is correct, they would be
    referring to the usual British ton of 2240 pounds and thus be 186.67
    pounds each.
     
    James Silverton, Feb 25, 2014
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  12. Tony Cooper

    Eric Stevens Guest

    That makes (more) sense.
     
    Eric Stevens, Feb 25, 2014
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  13. Tony Cooper

    PeterN Guest

    PeterN, Feb 25, 2014
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  14. Tony Cooper

    PeterN Guest

    Unless you are talking about people from Troy, wher 12 OZ is a pound
     
    PeterN, Feb 25, 2014
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  15. Tony Cooper

    PAS Guest

    My father worked in a deli part-time after his regular job up until I was
    two years old. 12 oz was a pound in that place. The other 4 oz came from
    the owner's thumb leaning on the scale as measured out people's purchases.
     
    PAS, Feb 26, 2014
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  16. Tony Cooper

    Savageduck Guest

    Yup! Troy, therefore Gold is 12 Oz to the pound.
    Us folks in North America are a bit schizophrenic when it comes to
    weights and measures, another thing we can thank Ben Franklin for.

    There are the "Short Ton" 2000 Lb. (US) and the "Long Ton" 2240 Lb
    (UK). So US truck ratings can be a bit of an overstatement. Take the
    good old US military "Deuce and a Half" rated for a 5,000 Lb. load,
    would in the UK be better described as a "Deuce and a Quarter" for the
    same 5,000 Lb. load. However, aviation fuel and marine bunker fuel are
    usually measured in "Long Tons".

    Then there is the issue of the US gallon (3.785 L) and the Imperial
    gallon (4.546 L) which makes gasoline mileage figures in the USA & the
    UK a little confusing with the same cars getting, apparently, much
    better MPG figures in the UK to those reported to us in the US. At
    least the mile and the Km are the same on both sides of the Atlantic.
    Here is where the metric system (L/100Km) would be much more consistent
    and meaningful.
     
    Savageduck, Feb 26, 2014
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  17. Tony Cooper

    PeterN Guest

    Whoosh!
     
    PeterN, Feb 26, 2014
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  18. Tony Cooper

    PeterN Guest

    Methinks some didn't get my pun. I knew you and Tony would. :)
     
    PeterN, Feb 26, 2014
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  19. Tony Cooper

    Tony Cooper Guest

    You could go to Helen and back and not see everyone who misses a pun.
     
    Tony Cooper, Feb 27, 2014
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  20. Tony Cooper

    PeterN Guest

    Pose iodine before you try denting their minds.
     
    PeterN, Feb 27, 2014
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