No, I don't mean honouring thy mother and thy father or even being nice to neighbours. I mean the old inches, pounds, shillings etc. The weather news all week has been "up to 5 centimetres of snow" is expected etc. Christ, that's only just under 2 inches but seems massive! No wonder the country has gone snow crazy. Minus 5 tonight! No it isn't, it's plus 21. Have you noticed how we use the Centigrade when it's cold, as in "zero degrees" when it's really 32 but we use Fahrenheit in the summer as in "temperatures may top 100 degrees"? Don't get them mixed up cos 100 C would be boiling. And can you lot envisage something that is 1.828 metres by 22.86 cm? (6 feet by 9 inches, now that I can visualise). And how can you tell someone is tall by saying he's over 1.8 metres? Now, he's a six footer makes sense. And this crap money. Had to buy a pack of fags today and, rather than drag myself to the corner shop where they are Â£4.37 I wen to the nearest Co-op where they are Â£4.70. Only 33p difference, thinks I. Hang on, that's almost 7 shillings a pack difference! Used to use the public bars where the beer was 1/10d as opposed to the lounge where they charged 1/11d and that was only 1d difference. That would be, ermm, 0.49 of these new pees. And at least when it was a d we used to say pence (well, punce, really) but now its a pence we say pee. Horrible. Even the supermarkets are conning us in the way they sell packed goods which say 454g which is really the old pound. Why not say a pound? Even them big bottles of milk have 1.9 litres on them but do have the decency to have 4 pints in bigger letters. Of course, the septics got it right with their measures. They call half a litre a pint and litre is a quart, hence the gallon is exactly 4 litres there but here it's 4.546. Plus I know what it means when I get 35 miles to the gallon out of my car but Christ only knows how good it is when I'm told how many litres to the 100 km it does. And were kids a bit more arithmetically competent when they had to know there were 8 half crowns in a pound, 12d in a shilling and 20 shillings to the pound or 240d? Now it's easy, they don't seem to bother. Had a bill at the supermarket the other day that was 4.30 so I gave a fiver and 30p to get the quid back. That's not right, said the halfwit behind the till and couldn't work out they had to give me a pound back! And the number of times you buy two items at, say, 35p and they have to use a calculator to work out how much it is! Anyway, if the ranting of an old (ish) man with a slight smell of wee offends you, or you have no idea what a d is, let alone a shilling, you shouldn't be on this part of the site, anyway.