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Battling with the imperial old guard

Worthing Doubledecker
WHICH planet is Mr Garnett on?
He states that the metric system is not yet the standard of measurement in Worthing and that the majority of your readers can't immediately visualise what 20cm means.

This is a topic which I have studied a great deal but I shall restrict myself here to two comments.

Firstly, we live in a world that is virtually 100 per cent metric.

Everything in the modern world, except the fabric of buildings over about 40 years old, has been designed and manufactured in metric units.

This includes all motor vehicles, all buildings and their interiors, decoration, furniture, clothing, paving and all things electrical.

In fact, electrical measurements have always been metric.

EU allows pints and miles to stay on in metric world


EU flag
but the acre is going

The European parliament on Tuesday 16 Dec 2008 saved the pint and mile from EU extinction, saving British and Irish drinkers from having to order half litres or drive at under 110 kilometres per hour.
Under the measure, agreed without a vote at a second reading in the Strasbourg chamber, traders will also be able to display imperial and metric measurements side by side in shops and elsewhere.

Banned From Serving Beer By The Litre


polish beer
bar fighting metric ban

The owner of a Polish restaurant today described laws which ban him from serving beer by the litre as "barmy" after he was threatened with court action.

Nic Davison, who owns the Kuchnia Polska restaurant in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, with his Polish partner Dr Krystyna Ciurai, was served an infringement notice by trading standards officers for selling beer illegally because he serves the drink in litres rather than pints.

The 1988 Weights and Measures Act states draught beer must be sold in pints.

Mr Davison, from the Toll Bar area of Doncaster, was told by Doncaster Council standards officials he could face a court appearance and a £2,000 fine if he does not change his glasses within 28 days.

Selling land by the acre to be banned by EU

Selling land by the acre to be banned under new EU ruling

People in Britain will lose the right to sell land in acres under a new Brussels ruling nodded through by the Government. In a low-key meeting, a junior minister agreed last week to abolish the ancient imperial measurement and replace it with the metric equivalent 'hectare' from 2010. The UK previously had an opt-out, technically known as a 'derogation', from the EU's use of some metric measurements, which allowed the continued use of acres for the pruposes of land registration. But from January 1, 2010, the unit, which dates back to the 13th century, will be banned.

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