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Post  Guest on 2013-05-03, 10:14 am

Didn't realise it was used so much, after watching this old tesco advert, nearly everything is something and a half pence Laughing

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Post  Guest on 2013-05-03, 12:25 pm

It served the same purpose as 99p does today. If your article had been 10d and you didn't want to offend customers with a whole number price increase you could make it tenpence-ha'penny. In fact, that ha'penny represented a 5% increase on the original 10d, but people didn't think so much of it. Today, if you want to kid the public that they're not paying a fiver for something, you make it £4.99. It seems to work.
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Post  Silvers on 2013-05-03, 1:15 pm

12 pence one shilling
20 shillings one pound
240 pence in one pound

imperial weights and measures etc
temperature in fahrenheit ..
gallons at the pumps .


... happy days indeed.

My children are blissfully unaware of all that .. their world is metric...
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Post  Guest on 2013-05-03, 1:41 pm

Worst thing that ever happened to British education. Today's school-leavers can either add a nowt onto everything or they need a calculator to work it out for them. Mental arithmetic died the day we went metric.

I still haven't. The only metric I ever learned is

100 legs = 1 centipede
1000 legs = 1 millipede
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Post  Guest on 2013-05-03, 1:49 pm

cuteybuns wrote:Worst thing that ever happened to British education. Today's school-leavers can either add a nowt onto everything or they need a calculator to work it out for them. Mental arithmetic died the day we went metric.

I still haven't. The only metric I ever learned is

100 legs = 1 centipede
1000 legs = 1 millipede

I work in metric, so everything is in metres and centimetres, but we have American customers who still want everything converted to feet and inches.
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Post  Guest on 2013-05-03, 7:43 pm

commachio wrote:I work in metric, so everything is in metres and centimetres, but we have American customers who still want everything converted to feet and inches.

Metres, centimetres and legs, I'm sure mate - and why not?

I admire the Americans. They've preserved the British culture far better than we've had the backbone to do. In education, I kinda like the Japanese system. There, kids can only use a calculator after the age of nine. They have to learn to use their heads first. Honestly, if I were a younger man like yourself, I'd be living in Thailand or somewhere, too. I wouldn't dream of bringing kids up here any more.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2013-05-03, 8:01 pm

Think I must be one of those ludites, I still work in feet and inches

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Post  canary-dave on 2013-05-03, 8:23 pm

cyprussyd wrote:Think I must be one of those ludites, I still work in feet and inches

I still convert prices to pounds shillings and pence! The looks I get when I exclaim, "Thirty Bob for a loaf of bread? You're having a laugh!"

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Post  Nostalgic on 2013-05-03, 9:56 pm

Must admit into learning about farthings (1/2 of a halfpenny) at school. Magical number was 3pence 3farthings in some sums test or other.

Bushels, pecks, chains all died out now but loved the sound of them and how they were were derived. Best though was the hundredweight whose shortfrom was expressed as cwt (C = Roman 100 wt for weight) only us Brits could come up with that. Never clear what the chain measurement was for though but it was the length of a cricket strip. Believe it was nautical but still willing to learn.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2013-05-03, 10:07 pm

I remember the change from pounds shillings and pennies to decimal currency, I thought I would never understand it.

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Post  Silvers on 2013-05-03, 11:25 pm

Nostalgic wrote:Must admit into learning about farthings (1/2 of a halfpenny) at school. Magical number was 3pence 3farthings in some sums test or other.

Bushels, pecks, chains all died out now but loved the sound of them and how they were were derived. Best though was the hundredweight whose shortfrom was expressed as cwt (C = Roman 100 wt for weight) only us Brits could come up with that. Never clear what the chain measurement was for though but it was the length of a cricket strip. Believe it was nautical but still willing to learn.

they still retain furlongs for the horse racing..

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Post  Guest on 2013-05-03, 11:33 pm

I remember running the 220 yards and the 440 yards races in the school sports in the 1950's. I still refuse to ask for 100grams of sweets and always ask for a quarter and I absolutely will not use metric measurements instead of imperial.
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Post  Hieronymus on 2013-05-03, 11:50 pm

Mind you lot are a bunch of old fossils! Very Happy That Tesco advert was from 1977, long after the 1/2d was defunct. The half pence Commo refers to is the 1/2 new penny which was one of the most irritating coins ever in circulation as it was so tiny (now it is the 5p coin which is similarly annoying!). The 1/2p coin was only introduced as a sop to those who didn't want to 'go decimal' as it most closely approximated the old penny in value and allowed more direct conversion on 'Decimal Day' and afterwards. It was abolished in 1984 when inflation had basically wiped out its usefulness.
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Post  Nostalgic on 2013-05-04, 12:18 am

Hieronymus wrote:Mind you lot are a bunch of old fossils! Very Happy That Tesco advert was from 1977, long after the 1/2d was defunct. The half pence Commo refers to is the 1/2 new penny which was one of the most irritating coins ever in circulation as it was so tiny (now it is the 5p coin which is similarly annoying!). The 1/2p coin was only introduced as a sop to those who didn't want to 'go decimal' as it most closely approximated the old penny in value and allowed more direct conversion on 'Decimal Day' and afterwards. It was abolished in 1984 when inflation had basically wiped out its usefulness.

But we are as bright as a new penny and sharp as tacks. cheers
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Post  Silvers on 2013-05-04, 12:47 am

hear hear !
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Post  Nostalgic on 2013-05-04, 3:38 am

Just remembered another little coin like the farthing and halfpenny (decimal) and that was the threepenny doddler which was a little silver coin and very akin to the old sixpence. So similar that oft times the doddler was passed off for the tanner one, and that was in the day when threepence was quarter of a shilling so it represented a tidy sum.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2013-05-04, 6:09 am

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Hieronymus wrote:Mind you lot are a bunch of old fossils! Very Happy That Tesco advert was from 1977, long after the 1/2d was defunct. The half pence Commo refers to is the 1/2 new penny which was one of the most irritating coins ever in circulation as it was so tiny (now it is the 5p coin which is similarly annoying!). The 1/2p coin was only introduced as a sop to those who didn't want to 'go decimal' as it most closely approximated the old penny in value and allowed more direct conversion on 'Decimal Day' and afterwards. It was abolished in 1984 when inflation had basically wiped out its usefulness.

But we are as bright as a new penny and sharp as tacks. cheers

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Post  Black Cat Kiwi on 2013-05-04, 9:51 am

The only one I remember is Moneypenny I love you

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Post  cyprussyd on 2013-05-04, 10:41 am


Moneypenny, I am a big Judy Dench fan but she was never the real moneypenny



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Post  Silvers on 2013-05-04, 11:14 am

The first one I recall was Lois Maxwell


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Hard to believe 007 has been around for over 50 years!
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Post  Siddall on 2013-05-04, 11:44 am

silvers wrote:Hard to believe 007 has been around for over 50 years!
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Post  Guest on 2013-05-07, 4:26 am

Hieronymus wrote:Mind you lot are a bunch of old fossils! Very Happy That Tesco advert was from 1977, long after the 1/2d was defunct. The half pence Commo refers to is the 1/2 new penny which was one of the most irritating coins ever in circulation as it was so tiny (now it is the 5p coin which is similarly annoying!). The 1/2p coin was only introduced as a sop to those who didn't want to 'go decimal' as it most closely approximated the old penny in value and allowed more direct conversion on 'Decimal Day' and afterwards. It was abolished in 1984 when inflation had basically wiped out its usefulness.

Good lass Mrs H, you tell them dinosaurs.
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Post  Silvers on 2013-05-07, 9:42 am

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Post  Guest on 2013-05-07, 9:54 am

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Byker grove. must be a mag.
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Post  canary-dave on 2013-05-07, 9:56 am

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Byker grove. must be a mag.

She was a nurse in Coronation Street!

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