Go decimal, at last (John Scholtz)
It strikes me as rather silly, some would call it the height of craziness, that a small country like Britain still pours its milk into little plastic containers with sizes belonging to two different systems.
Some milk, like milk everywhere else in the developed world, awaits the customer in a one-litre bottle (which equals 1,000cc), while other milk seems to prefer a visually similar bottle containing 1,136cc, no less. Two pints, you see. If you go for the half-size bottles, the difference dwindles to 68cc.
The madness culminates when one and the same dairy, for instance the one at Gremista, persists in turning out both pint-system and litre-system bottles. What is the point? A history lesson? The oil companies, although perhaps adept at fiddling in other ways, have given up fiddling with pints and gallons in the distant past.
Forty years ago the guinea, the crown and the sixpence were thrown out. The pint might well have been dealt with in a similar way, or just kept in name, for a half litre of bitter.
Come to think of it, how many feet go into a mile again? Sorry, into a statute mile.
Bridge of Walls.