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Discussion: Spoken like a farmer's granddaughter

in: jennycas; jennycas > 2015-11-04

Nov 4, 2015 9:11 AM # 
It may have been 42 years since Australia officially adopted metric measurements for rainfall but it still hasn't properly caught on in agricultural Australia. (It's probably relevant that in a lot of places, an inch is a nice convenient threshold for Really Useful Rain).

We'll really know your roots are still on the land if you start referring to 50 points (I'm sure I've heard Tash do so occasionally).
Nov 4, 2015 9:25 AM # 
I have to work out how tall I am in Metric it just does not stick - 5' 10" is so much easier than whatever!

At least our bathroom scales are Kgs so I can get that
Nov 4, 2015 9:52 AM # 
Outside the farming world, the two places where imperial measurements seem to have clung on are people's heights and the weight of newborn babies.
Nov 4, 2015 10:34 AM # 
The height thing has certainly persisted - I get the usual "jeez you're tall - how high are you" and I say 193 and get a blank look, no matter what age the questioner! I always have to translate to 6'4".
None of that applies if Juffy is with me - they just look stunned :-)
Nov 4, 2015 11:53 AM # 
Yeah, Jack, I remember when I had arranged to meet you in a pub and had no idea what you looked like so just scouted around for an older version of Paul. Now I know what he'd look like with a beard :)
Nov 4, 2015 12:09 PM # 
More to the point, Dad knows what he'd look like without one....and he swears he's never getting rid of his. I'm not sure whether I should take this as an insult or not. :)

(I've never seen him without it, there's a photo of him holding a very tiny me with full bushy beard in place)
Nov 4, 2015 1:35 PM # 
I have told Richard if he ever shaves his beard off I will divorce him.....I have never seen him without it and have no desire too!
Nov 4, 2015 2:31 PM # 
@Fizzyred Not surprising as you were 3 when I last shaved it off!
Nov 5, 2015 8:14 PM # 
Imperial remains also with bicycle tyres - 29er, 26 inch etc.

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