On Sun, 22 Jul 2007 08:24:16 GMT, Paul Hyett wrote in uk.media.tv.misc
Post by Paul Hyett Post by Phil O'Sofa Post by allan tracy
The imperial World is part of our history and you just can't rewrite
Oh yes you can.
But it *shouldn't* be done - and certainly not in a PC way that paints
Britain as the bad guys.
"Bad" is implying that there is a good.
Teach both and let the pupils work it out for themselves.
Bad is the mess that's been left where attempts to convert road signs
into kph or km distances will cost a fortune to change, take a long
time to carry out and create plenty of confusion for everybody.
Good is the fact that virtually all road going cars have km readings
on them so you can judge your speed. Newer cars have computers on them
that can be set to use Kms instead of miles. As sat nav technology
gets taken up and might eventually become standard kit, knowing how
much farther you still have to travel on long journeys will be
available as a read out from the gizmo.
Good is the stat that most journeys are for less than 10 miles (16km)
a distance that takes a regular given amount of time and so the driver
does not need to know that it is 8 miles or 12 miles or 13km or 19km.
The most important thing is that it takes 30-45 minutes or whatever.
Good is the idea that pints of milk are sold as fractions of litres
and pounds of meat, fish and cheese are sold in kilos. You don't need
to be Einstein to pick up the sizes you are used to picking up. You
just carry on as you are. If you are constantly throwing food away as
it has gone off, you buy smaller amounts next time or if you run out
you buy larger amounts next time. Its not rocket science.
The pint down the pub is becoming a rarity anyway with so many
drinkers swigging from bottles of differing sizes or drinking alcopops
or cocktails. In countries that have gone fully metric there are
differing sizes of glass. Very often asking for a glass will get you a
half litre anyway.
As for the rest it is a mindset thing.
And on the subject of rocket science, wasn't it the Beagle 2
expedition, the British attempt to get to Mars before the Americans,
that failed to land a few years back? All because they calibrated
using Imperial instead of Metric or vice versa.
Now that was bad.
What do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no