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bodger

A day of Infamy in 1989!

No not the Kenneth Williams type of 'In for me' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvs4bOMv5Xw  

On this day in 1989 legislation came into force which permitted garages to display fuel prices by the litre only, not by the gallon.
IMO, this was just another step by the government of the day as they conditioned  the population of the UK to accept the tightening of  the shackles of  'Rip off Britain'.
Even this move obviously pales to insignificance when compared to the even blacker day in 1971 when we were all screwed by the imposition of decimalisation. Who remembers the prices being rounded up to accomodate our new coinage? It was definately a case of the same again please with the petrol prices too. Long live the pint and the gallon.
brummie nick

As an oldie born in the 30's, I have to disagree with you about decimalisation,
I was brought up on S D, but think back to reckoning up in my parents shop,
ie one and six pence halfpenny + seven and fourpence, its so much easier with just pence.

just my humble opinion.

Nick
lottie

I got married in 1971,that's 40 years ago for heavens sake, all my kids were educated under the much more logical metric system,half the population doesn't know about imperial----it really is time to move on Bodger
Polly

Re: A day of Infamy in 1989!

bodger wrote:
No not the Kenneth Williams type of 'In for me' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvs4bOMv5Xw


I must say when I saw the title of your thread Bodger, that's what immediately sprang to mind!  Only my favourite ever Carry On moment!  
confused

I remember it well, going into shops and being told "thats 4s and 3p EH ??? " or at work and measuring 1 metre 23ins , i remember my old foreman saying "i dont care if it's metric  or smetric !! IT'S THE WRONG SIZE !!!!" He then went to the local hardware shop and bought us all metric folding rulers , warning us he never ever wanted to hear us use imperial again , only to ask a couple of weeks later , " Yes i know its 2.4m but what is that in our language?  the good old days right enough
sod

Funny here people still use feet n inches when talking, babies weigh pounds, wild pigs are still weighed in pounds, we still have acres and many more funny things.

bodger We had same things here our money went from pounds shillings and pence to dollars in 1968 our dollar is 10s   bigger number but buy less   then slowly coins have gone away 1c,2c, 5c and others followed fuel same as you and when it goes up it's 5cents a litre which at 22.5cents a gallon would make people jump up n down   BUT selling things at $2.99 is legal and they can round up from 1c to make 10c  
Mo

I'm happy enough with decimal money but still prefer Imperial weights and measures.

I still have no clue about how much petrol costs unless I sit down and work it out in price per gallon then figure out how much it costs me to travel a mile.
sod

Mo I'm a  MPG one too and know the conversion of by heart    
confused

Mo wrote:
I'm happy enough with decimal money but still prefer Imperial weights and measures.

I still have no clue about how much petrol costs unless I sit down and work it out in price per gallon then figure out how much it costs me to travel a mile.

100% the same.
lottie

I still use imperial in some of my cooking simply because I have a lot of old recipe books, but I'm happy with either, I find it easier to visualise length in feet/inches as that's what I grew up with---but when I'm sewing I use metric for measuring--I honestly think it's an improvement on fractions of an inch etc.

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