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Re: So what's 60mm in old money?
« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2012, 07:11:39 AM »
naw thats indy car racing in the states


F1 is a M25 simulation long queues and no overtaking


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Re: So what's 60mm in old money?
« Reply #26 on: November 15, 2012, 07:55:06 AM »
At least a "ten foot pole" as in "I wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole" is a pole or stick ten feet long.  They were originally used by loggers to quickly estimate the sizes of logs as they were floated down a river.

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Re: So what's 60mm in old money?
« Reply #27 on: November 15, 2012, 01:05:37 PM »
We must not forget the measuring system so beloved of UK newspapers:

Length: London omnibuses, as in "As long as three London buses"

Area (large): Wales, as in "Three times the size of Wales"

Area (small): Football (soccer) pitches, as in "An area twice the size of a football pitch". An elastic unit, as football pitches can vary in area, within certain limits

Volume (large): The Albert Hall, as in "enough to fill the Albert Hall three times over"

Volume (small): Olympic swimming pools "as big as five Olympic pools"

Small diameter: a human hair, though this is used only in the singular and as a maximum,  as in "half the thickness of a human hair".

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Re: So what's 60mm in old money?
« Reply #28 on: November 15, 2012, 01:44:00 PM »
Whatever i come to measure i have found that it is ALLWAYS twice as long as half of it.  :palm: :loco:

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Re: So what's 60mm in old money?
« Reply #29 on: November 19, 2012, 12:28:23 PM »
I remember the old 50 bob note

Sorry Jonny, it was a ten bob note, a big brown thing! Half a quid.
For those not so blessed; a pound was 20 shillings, a shilling was 12 pennies, and a penny was two ha'pennies or four farthings; 240 pennies to a pound!  :Doh:
For the posh, a guinea was one pound and one shilling.
We only went to metric money in 1971, no wonder I failed my 11Plus that year:lol:

Saying that, I tried a test just now and only got 11/15, and I have got a degree in English and History! :lol:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7773974.stm

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Re: So what's 60mm in old money?
« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2012, 01:04:07 PM »
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Saying that, I tried a test just now and only got 11/15, and I have got a degree in English and History! :lol:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7773974.stm

Andy

Andy,

I got 13/15 and I haven't got a degree in English, History or anything else for that matter - an HND for me.

We were out on a ride with our cycling club a few weeks ago and I bought a bag of Uncle Joe's Mintballs. I handed them round to the others but soon ran out - they were 99p and I think there were 14 in the bag - making each Mintball 7.07p each! One of our members was a sweet wholesaler and he said that, in the 50's, Uncle Joe's were sold at 3 for 1d - that's 7.2 for a new penny or nearly 713 for my 99p! I remember buying Blackjacks and Fruit Salads at 4 for an old penny on my way home from school. No wonder I've not got many teeth left!

How much would 1 worth of farthings weigh in for now?

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Re: So what's 60mm in old money?
« Reply #31 on: November 19, 2012, 05:33:25 PM »
Suprised the Firkin not been mentioned yet, A nine gallon barrel a quarter of a standard 36 gallon beer barrel.
The unit of measurement still in use in our workshops. We have all made something too Firkin short, too Firkin long, bored or turned something too firkin big or small. cant just be me i hope.
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Re: So what's 60mm in old money?
« Reply #32 on: November 19, 2012, 08:33:54 PM »
We can't even agree on the capacity of a beer barrel. They are 31 gallons on this side of the pond.

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Re: So what's 60mm in old money?
« Reply #33 on: November 19, 2012, 09:04:09 PM »
We can't even agree on the capacity of a beer barrel. They are 31 gallons on this side of the pond.

Joe

That may well be the case but the British give 32 more ounces per gallon.  :Doh:

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Re: So what's 60mm in old money?
« Reply #34 on: November 20, 2012, 03:13:16 AM »
When I was a draughtsman, one place I was at used to have a very officious chief inspector, who once told me in a fit of pique ''.....you can dimension it however you bl...y like as long as there's a scale to inches".  So just to cheer him up I dimensioned a drawing in cubits, with conversion factors/scales to millimeters and inches.
Give him his due he saw the funny side of it.  He told me to "Go away" (if you catch my drift) when I suggested we use fathoms for the big bits though.
But that was in the dark ages, you know waaaaaay before they invented CAD.
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