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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3870 on: October 20, 2018, 06:31:38 AM »
When the new decimal money came out, I went to the bank where a close friend worked and wrote a check carefully calculated to get an example of every new coin. Couldn't get a half penny piece though ! I was rewarded with a gift pack in a folder !

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3871 on: October 20, 2018, 07:22:57 AM »
I've only read about this /s/d thing in books. I didn't realise until now that there are still people around who actually USED them. And even more surprisingly they remember using them too  :goggleeyes:

 :P :D

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3872 on: October 20, 2018, 07:33:46 AM »
Not funny, Dave  >:D
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3873 on: October 20, 2018, 07:38:40 AM »
I still have a 10s note, and fond memories of collecting the paper round money in /s/d. Not so fond memories of it changing and the confusion amongst my customers.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3874 on: October 20, 2018, 07:43:55 AM »
Not funny, Dave  >:D

Made me smile, George. Especially the bit about remembering!

I was in charge of converting our huge in-house printed catalogue from sd to p. Inevitably, 'rounding up' took place so margins improved until we started buying more stock in.

There were stories of OAPs being conned by being given filed down half crowns (2/6 = 25p) for the new fangled 50p piece. The 50p was much larger than the one we have now.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3875 on: October 20, 2018, 07:44:27 AM »
Apologies, Dave.  :-[

Not funny, Trainfish.  >:D
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3876 on: October 20, 2018, 07:45:28 AM »
Being old enough to use LSD but young enough to buy an early calculator while still at school.
At primary school we recited rods poles or perches, chains furlongs and miles.  Secondary school was metric.
Personally I think using LSD meant your mind was formed more agile for calculations, I often work out totals and prices and change in the shop long before the cashier has finished typing.
I can just remember  using  farthings, and seeing  silver threepenny  bits ( rarely) .

Bring back imperial measurements!!!  960 farthings to the pound,  80 chains to the mile!!!

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3877 on: October 20, 2018, 07:52:31 AM »
Sorry, can't agree there... dynes, foot poundals and the like is why I never understood physics at school.

Physics is hard enough for high school kids even using SI units!
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3878 on: October 20, 2018, 08:51:17 AM »
I've only read about this /s/d thing in books. I didn't realise until now that there are still people around who actually USED them. And even more surprisingly they remember using them too  :goggleeyes:

I'm still waiting to see if all this decimal money will catch on.
I started work in 1972 on 10.30 per week. We had no calculators but I had to use a comptometer!
Used to rock up on my 750cc Triumph Tiger ;D

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3879 on: October 20, 2018, 08:54:11 AM »
Me mother used to operate one of those for Henley Cables at Birtley, which later became AEI.
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3880 on: October 20, 2018, 08:56:50 AM »
Could have done with having 20 fingers to use them but a skilled comptometer operator could earn a lot of money back then (that wasn't me, though)

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3881 on: October 20, 2018, 09:19:31 AM »
Yeah, I think me mam did alright out of it, and I think the job held an amount of prestige in the day.
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3882 on: October 20, 2018, 09:33:28 AM »
Being old enough to use LSD but young enough to buy an early calculator while still at school.
At primary school we recited rods poles or perches, chains furlongs and miles.  Secondary school was metric.
Personally I think using LSD meant your mind was formed more agile for calculations, I often work out totals and prices and change in the shop long before the cashier has finished typing.
I can just remember  using  farthings, and seeing  silver threepenny  bits ( rarely) .

Bring back imperial measurements!!!  960 farthings to the pound,  80 chains to the mile!!!

I presume you mean pounds/shillings/pence here, not the illegal drug of the same acronym. :)

On D (Decimalisation)-day [15th February 1971 for the uninitiated] I went into a shop with a 10p coin (this, and the 5p had been out a while before as they were the same size/weight as the two-shilling and one-shilling coins, and the 50p had replaced the 10-shilling note) and bought a chocolate bar (I don't remember which one) and got a 2p, 1p and half-p coin in my change.

There was the amusement amongst my classmates when, soon after D-day, we went off on a school trip by coach to the Ideal Home Exhibition in London (by 'eck a trip up to t' smoke) and they were looking out for the few shops that held out on decimalisation. These were popularly known as LSD shops, and we were fully aware of the alternative connotation...

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3883 on: October 20, 2018, 09:44:46 AM »
I got me first 50 pence piece on the ferry back from Calais to Dover in 1970, age 18, and was super chuffed.

Hero when I got back to the NE and showed it off!
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3884 on: October 20, 2018, 10:16:32 AM »
Sorry, can't agree there... dynes, foot poundals and the like is why I never understood physics at school.

Physics is hard enough for high school kids even using SI units!
+1
Not to mention Slugs ! (an Imperial unit of mass)
Yep, gotta agree with you there, bring on the metric in the lab.

Actually, I was so bad at arts and languages that I had no option but to go to further Phys and Math. Which was not too bad once beyond school as at higher level cgs* (centimetre-gram-second, fore-runner to MKS and SI) was already in use in the higher institutions. :)

So, I regret to have to be a bore and point out that the *dyne is a unit in the metric cgs system, not an imperial measure !

Morning all.
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