Where were you 15/02/1971 ?

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  1. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    BBC News - How Britain converted to decimal currency

    I remember it well as I went to a Johnny Winter gig at 'The Mayfair Suite' in Birmingham. After ordering two and a half pint of lager (my mate was only 15) at the bar, the bill was fifty (fifty?). Twenty New Pence for a pint of lager! Blimey.
     
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  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Inside my Mum.


    :unsure:
     
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  3. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    I can remember the ad's that were put together with Doris Hare (On The Buses), where she couldn't quite catch onto the idea of the decimal point.

    I think I was at school on the day of change over.
     
  4. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I remember that visiting aunts and uncles could no longer give me a half-a-crown which I found a tremendous shame as it was such a large tactile coin which fitted so snugly in the palm of the hand as one ran to the corner shop.

    I'll remember it as the first of a still-continuing series of measures designed to dislocate the British from their cultural heritage and make us feel guilty for ever assuming that we had something special.

    Perhaps no co-incidence that this came from the same bunch of joyless socialists who imposed the 70MPH speed limit, the breathalyser and outlawed the pirate radio stations.

    Rant over.:)
     
  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Playing with my toys I should imagine as I hadn't started school yet.
     
  6. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Mrs. Henderson's 2nd grade class, probably carefully eyeballing that cute little blonde named Debbie that sat at the next table
     
  7. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Just turned twelve and bought my first singles!
     
  8. Medic7922

    Medic7922 Senior Member

    I was working as a Co-Op Bread delivery Vanboy in Portsmouth I was just sweet 15 at the time, I will now confess I made a fortune those first few weeks as we diddled, fiddled and came up with as many scams to rip off the public who did not understand the new currency.

    The reason if it is an exceptable excuses I was paid £8 for a 6 day week working from 6 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon in all weathers so any extra money came in handy for my poor old mum.
     
  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    About to move from NW2 to South Harrow, changing Junior Schools was such a big thing back then (probably still is), price of Salt 'n' Vinegar crisps was my only financial concern!:D
     
  10. Vitesse

    Vitesse Senior Member

    That would have been about the time I was doing my O-level mocks ...
     
  11. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    I'd just turned 6 and I remember being disappointed at the look of the new money, especially the new half pennies (how long did they last?). It really didn't seem to be worth as much as the old money, certainly didn't weigh the same in the pocket, and I missed getting a thru'penny bit as a treat from my Granddad. Remember getting commemorative set of coins at the Post Office; all encased in rigid clear plastic case. That was quickly broken into.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Let's see, I was 14 at the time. Picking up my Airfix Magazines issues of Feb and Mar 1971, yes, Feb still came in the Medieval system of Chaucer, Thomas a Becket and the Lionheart (Braveheart as well :D ), while in March prices had come into the Modern Age :lol:

    Looking at the ads, an Aircam cost 21/-, later £1.05. Profiles were at 4s! The new Airfix Hs123 cost 3s.5d! The also new Frog Ta152 cost 3s6d, while the Shackleton went for 22s!

    Inside was an article by dear old Gerald Scarborough who taught me the art of scratch-building, about the M-18 Hellcat using partd fron the Airfix Leopard I. No resins back then!

    These mags are not really mine, they are my brother's as I only started to subscribe to Afx Mag in 1972 :)
     
  13. WhiskeyGolf

    WhiskeyGolf Senior Member

    Probably playing with my toys - a few months away from turning 4. :D
     
  14. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Money based on 100 makes immeasureable sense...sorta like not using 12 inches to the foot and 3 feet to the yard.

    I am one of the few in the US that, for the most part, support a change to metric. When others moan and groan about the concept, I ask "What is half of 15 ft, 7 3/8 inches? Invariabley, they say that the have no idea without pencil and paper. Then I ask what is half of 4.75 meters is. Most can get that in their heads
     
  15. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Jeff, I can understand the logic to that: but I still ask for a pound of sausages at the butchers, still declare my height in feet and inches and can still buy pint glasses. It's still too hard to convert in my head what the metric equivalents are, let alone picture how high a metre is; I have to start off with a ruler being 12 inches and equal to 30cms. I had to learn metric by the time I went to High school, but I can still rhyme off how many feet / yards are in a mile, chain, or furlong.
     
  16. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    It is odd, Diane. I want to change some things and not others. I like it better to say that I am 5'11", instead of 1.79 meters. It just flows better. And saying that I weight 90kg makes me think that I am going to have sand kicked in my face at the beach.

    I really don't make a big issue of it, though.
     
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  17. WhiskeyGolf

    WhiskeyGolf Senior Member

    Jeff, I can understand the logic to that: but I still ask for a pound of sausages at the butchers, still declare my height in feet and inches and can still buy pint glasses. It's still too hard to convert in my head what the metric equivalents are, let alone picture how high a metre is; I have to start off with a ruler being 12 inches and equal to 30cms. I had to learn metric by the time I went to High school, but I can still rhyme off how many feet / yards are in a mile, chain, or furlong.

    I'm with you on this Diane. Our shops are just a couple of hundred yards down the road, I like to buy a pint, and I have no idea what 5'7'' is in metres. As for the weight - it's in stones and pounds! :lol:
     
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  18. Formerjughead

    Formerjughead Senior Member

    .... And saying that I weight 90kg makes me think that I am going to have sand kicked in my face at the beach.

    I really don't make a big issue of it, though.

    No you'd get sand kicked in your face for trying to change stuff and saying millimeters when you mean inches.

    If we converted to metric do you know how many new tape measures I would have to buy?
     
  19. Rav4

    Rav4 Senior Member

    Probably looking for a job at that time:)
     
  20. zerostate

    zerostate Senior Member

    In a nappy.

    Chris
     

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