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Imperial, forever?

Published by Guzzler in the blog Guzzler's blog. Views: 484

I have always used Imperial measurements, I am of a generation whose knowledge of the Metric system is poor to very low. Whenever I try a new recipe I start by converting the weights from grams to ounces. I want to know my height and weight in old money. I can visualise miles but a kilometre could be the next street away or the next county.
However, I have got into the habit of reading labels recently and as they are all in this new fangled, metric measurement I am slowly beginning to be able to visualise millilitres. I am still unsure about fluid oz converted to millilitres but the difference in oz and fl oz is very small so I have not searched it (do not need to muddy the waters any further!).
Why then, oh why do we still use both systems in this country? Wouldn't it be better to have one system and be done with it? We still order timber in feet and inches but the merchants measure it in meters and centimetres. We tell our loved ones that the new arrival is 7lb 4oz but the midwife records the birthweight in grams. If you tell me you are 88kg I have no idea if you are even an adult let alone thin/slim etc.
I will, no doubt, cling to my Imperial weights and measures like a hungry dog clings to his bone but.... Come on Britain make your mind up!
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