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    I've moved from "Piddling around" and if you have a prostate like mine- you do!

    Rockrat raised the point about counting in French. Maybe he got things a bit wrong- he had two birds in the bush at the time.

    Counting in French is interesting when you get to 80. It becomes 4 20's or quatre vingt.
    From there on, they add et un or and one but for two a simple deux. Fine but they keep counting using 4 20's and numbers until a 100.

    I live at Les Arcs- there were three but now four. Mine is 1800 ie metres above sea level. In French, I live at mille- a thousand but quatre(4) vingts(20) cent(100)

    Little wonder, I have become an alcoholic!

    Down the hatch as they say in Swarziland

    Norm

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  • bolmas
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    on the bench at work i have 2 identical lawnmowers by performance plus which is a brand name of b&q
    both have briggs and stratton 3.5hp side valve engines.both engines look identical, but one is made in usa and uses imperial threads and the other is made by technomoto in italy and uses metric threads.
    i wonder how i go on for ordering spare parts?what if threads on engine components are different?
    this could prove interesting!!

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  • Your Old Dog
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    Thanks Evan !

    Lets do the "chicken or the egg" next !

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  • speedy
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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Millman:
    Sorry guys, just joking around. I used to take the Metric prints home and transpose them to make the next day go easier. Still have to use a calculator! Speedy, I think you mean Misissippi Queen by Mountain; because All Right Now, was by Free. I still play those songs,believe it or not!</font>
    No apology needed Dave, as no offense taken. It is easy to misconstrue the intent sometimes but I figured you were piss taking.
    Thanks for the correction. I must have memory fade. They are both great songs that still move me, and take me back to a different time. Just seeing the words Misissippi Queen, I can hear that song clearly. All my old 45`s and most of my LP`s are long gone .

    Ken



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    Sorry guys, just joking around. I used to take the Metric prints home and transpose them to make the next day go easier. Still have to use a calculator! Speedy, I think you mean Misissippi Queen by Mountain; because All Right Now, was by Free. I still play those songs,believe it or not!

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  • speedy
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    what happened here?

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  • speedy
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    Dave,Norm and I are good friends; and that is all I`m saying!

    "but is the wife good with the Metric system?"
    Metric reads a lot more impressive than imperial and it is user friendly.....still.

    Ken
    and as Mountain sang "I`m alright now"

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    That sounds TOO kinky for me, "Yes Ken, Yes! I'll stay out of that and the literature!

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    Ken,
    Ever tried Bi-carbonate of soda?
    More story, please? Never mind this minor Metrication lark. Let's get down to the real things that matter.

    All together- Yes, Ken, yes!

    Norm

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    Yeah, Clark Gable; but is the wife good with the Metric system?

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  • speedy
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    "As whosit said in Gone with the Wind- Frankly, my dear! I couldn't care a damn."


    I was gone with the wind last evening....oh my poor, long suffering wife, she gave a damn. I was dangerous until 2am

    Ken

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    Norm, I love the English culture; such as the Beatles, the castles, the Haunted castles, the way of life; but I used to hold tolerances to 2 millionths of an inch for die polishing for a can plant years ago. We used a microscope with reticles graduated in inches, not metric; and do you know that ALL our machines were made in England, state of the art at that time in the mid 80's. You know you could always move to the States, Hell, I might even come over to see your shop! See, it would be so much simpler. I can always say "Damn, I forgot my calculator" You're a good man Charlie Brown!!!!

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  • sauer38h
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    And what's with that "first angle projection" stuff those funny foreigners use? Bunch of weirdos. Unless you think everybody should do it the way the French say they should. Though that attitude proved unpopular after about 1815. (Correction - Russia, which Napoleon failed to overrun, kept traditional units until the Bolsheviks messed everything up - the Bolos went for the French system. Typical.)

    The part of SI "metric" notation I hate is writing decimal points as commas. Sheer barbarism. If they're commas, they ain't "points".

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  • sauer38h
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    Automatic Double Post feature disengaged.

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    Dave,
    Nobody is carrying me away- well, not yet!
    I live in four countries- and when I say, live I mean with the deeds, titles, bank accounts and all the multifarious problems which arise.

    Frankly, I am no different than my Spanish suppliers when I asked whether they wanted to deal in Imperial or Metric Measure.
    They were not fussy- end of story.
    They were not fussy whether I paid them in
    GB pounds, euros, dollars, deutchmarks but called a halt in Brazillian Cruceros!

    Oddly, my Spanish plumbing is imperial whilst my British is metric. My Scottish stuff is green( at Alistair's request) and my French is- well, arrogant French.

    The summation is- rather interesting.
    I haven't had to work for the last 20 years.
    Just a thought- and an arrogant one?
    What did you say about odd metric sizes?
    As whosit said in Gone with the Wind- Frankly, my dear! I couldn't care a damn.

    Norm

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