The o/s rels were not too hard to understand, given they come from the north of England and their accent is almost Scottish. Where we did have problems, was imperial and metric. There eyes glazed a bit as they did mental calculations about the speed of cars, the temperature, distances and weights.
I thought that the UK was a bit further along the road to metrication than it obviously is. They know they are supposed to be thinking metric and seem to have a vague understanding, but we could tell that it just did not work for them. 'Yes it is hot, it is 100 degrees', meant much more to them than whatever our equivalent is.
Sadly I confess, I grew up with imperial and it is intersting as to what has stuck and what hasn't.
Day to day stuff is easy. I know how much a litre is along with how far a kilometre is. I know what it feels like to drive at 60kph or is that kmh? I also recall when I stupidly as a teen wound the Valiant up to 97mph, that was it's limit. It just would not crack the 100 mph. At least it did not valve bounce like Holdens did at that speed. Scares me to even recall that.
Height is not too bad. I know 183cm is 6' ('means feet kiddies) and I add and substract from there. But I instantly know how tall some is if they are 5'6" ("=inches kiddies).
2.5cm = 1 inch, easy to convert, but I still have to think a bit, not always. I do know what a piece of timber 4x2 is. The desirable but usually untrue 8 inches = 20cm.
I have totally forgotten about stones, pounds and ounces. It is either metric or meaningless. I can recall that over 12 stone is a bit on the heavy side as I used to be 9 stone for years. If people still used stones, I might understand, but people seem to have taken to the American style pounds only. Plus I think US pounds are different to what our pounds were. Not sure on that.
Kilojoules or calories, I am sure I have too much of both.
Pounds per square inch against kilopascals. I do the height thing here. 29 pounds per square inch in your tyre is about 200 kilopascals........... I think or is that hectopascals?
Do you kiddies know how difficult it was to add pounds, shillings and pence? I recall a school teacher saying that it was a waste of time teaching us this as we would not need it. He was correct. It was a bit like adding hours and minutes but with an extra thrown in as well.
Speaking of, what would be terribly sensible would be a metric clock. Why don't we have metric time?
The good old days weren't always so good. I am very thankful for metrication.
Now kiddies, get over this 6 foot, eight inches thing. Let it die. We are a metric country. 183/75/20uncut is quite acceptable, and even at my age, I understand.