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    Re: longitude positive west?
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2008 Jun 14, 16:58 +0100

    Apologies; I made a silly boob in my earlier message, which should have 
    read-
    
    Bill Noyce noted, Wandering a bit off topic:
    
    > I don't know what a �F, a yard, a pound is? I know what a pint is because
    > I
    > like beer :-),
    
    Careful ... around here, a pint is about 480 ml, but we don't usually
    serve beer in pints.
    In the UK, where they do, a pint is about 600 ml, I believe.
    
    (This is also relevant to a comparison of gas/petrol prices a while
    ago, where George (?) mentioned a gallon as being almost 5 liters.
    Here in the US it's just under 4 liters -- though our gas is still
    relatively inexpensive.)
    
    ==========================
    
    Bill would be a bit disappointed by "short measure", then, on visiting a
    British pub. An Imperial GALLON [I had written "Pint"!] is not 5 litres, but 
    4.546, though still quite a lot larger than a US gallon. An Imperial Pint is 
    one-eightth (how DO you spell that word?) of a gallon, or 568 ml. Draught 
    beer is now about the only stuff that's still sold in that way; everything 
    else having now gone metric, by law, but the beer drinkers have held their 
    ground so far. And mostly, it's still sold in glasses that hold a pint right 
    up to the brim, which is one reason why we prefer our beer to be flat rather 
    than fizzy.
    
    As Bill Noyce has mentioned fuel prices, Americans might like to know that
    Diesel for my car now costs me the equivalent of just over $10 for a (US)
    gallon.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
    
    
    
    
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