50 year anniversary of "D" Day

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Re: 50 year anniversary of "D" Day

Post by expressman33 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:39 pm

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Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:36 am
I know it was hated at the time but I loved the new metric stuff. Still mentally have to do a conversion in my head. But for every child who did not have to suffer Pounds Shillings and Pence and above all Imperial measurements in Maths classes I raised a cheer.
12d to the shilling , 16oz to the pound , 14lb to the stone . It helped children to learn their tables
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Re: 50 year anniversary of "D" Day

Post by Sarah » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:50 pm

Well, maybe, but once you're rid of shillings, stones and pounds who still needs to know their 12, 14 and 16 times tables? :lol:

We have calculators, spreadsheets and Alexa to do sums now anyway! :thumbup:
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Re: 50 year anniversary of "D" Day

Post by blythburgh » Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:59 am

expressman33 wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:39 pm
blythburgh wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:36 am
I know it was hated at the time but I loved the new metric stuff. Still mentally have to do a conversion in my head. But for every child who did not have to suffer Pounds Shillings and Pence and above all Imperial measurements in Maths classes I raised a cheer.
12d to the shilling , 16oz to the pound , 14lb to the stone . It helped children to learn their tables
I was never taught beyond 12 x table. Maths was a miserable thing but today's children can concentrate on easier maths and then quickly on to more difficult and more important stuff
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Re: 50 year anniversary of "D" Day

Post by Chadwick » Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:49 pm

As a youngster who has never had to deal with pre-decimal currency, I was always puzzled by the words 'New Pence' on the coins. It seemed a little short-sighted to stamp each coin as being new when it was minted. Surely at some point you'd consider it was no longer new - what then? Would the bank hold on to it and stamp it with the word 'Old' so you'd know it had been in circulation for a while?
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Re: 50 year anniversary of "D" Day

Post by macliam » Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:48 pm

Until 1979 the Irish currency was pegged 1:1 with Sterling (only changing when Ireland joined the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. So Ireland decimalized at the same time as the UK.
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The Copper coins had new "script" animal forms and the new 20p did revive the horse lost with the Leath Choróin (2/6d). But it meant that my favourite animal was lost forever - the Irish Hare from the Leath Reul (3d) coin Image :(

I remember the day of the break with Sterling well..... I was working for a British Company in Ireland on £100 a week - but then the Punt fell against the Pound and my wages took a dive too :sick:
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Re: 50 year anniversary of "D" Day

Post by blythburgh » Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:54 am

The Irish Hare is not to be confused with the British Brown Hare. They are a sub species of our native Mountain Hare.

I got a book about Hares one Christmas that was fascinating.
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Re: 50 year anniversary of "D" Day

Post by macliam » Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:02 pm

Yeah, well, the Irish Hare was worth 3d.... No confusion there!
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Re: 50 year anniversary of "D" Day

Post by kevinchess1 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:10 pm

Sarah wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:50 pm
Well, maybe, but once you're rid of shillings, stones and pounds who still needs to know their 12, 14 and 16 times tables? :lol:

We have calculators, spreadsheets and Alexa to do sums now anyway! :thumbup:
Well said Sarah. I mean, why bother with school at all :?: Just google it
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