Yup my memory of it was ordinary milk - but often warm and not looked
after too well!
Talk about clue resistant...!
My first junior school, it was delivered to class, and a milk monitor
would hand them out (and another privileged individual chosen on the
day) would go round with the little punch to make holes in the foil top
so you could get your straw through!)
Second school, we had to wander off to the dining area to collect it.
Yes, this was at infant school (not even junior school). Maybe for younger
children the policy was to deliver the crates of milk to class as opposed to
letting the older children collect it themselves from the dining room or
playground. I remember the ritual of the "milk monitor", though I don't
remember a punch. I think each person simply had to stick their thumb into
the foil top, with loads of opportunities for pressing too hard and
squirting milk over everyone else. And I remember the waxed-paper (not
plastic!) straws which the milk monitor handed out from a large square brown
Nowadays if they offered milk at school (whether free or paid-for from
dinner money) they'd have to keep the bottles in a fridge and they'd have to
have a selection of blue (full-fat, wi' nowt tekken out), green
(semi-skimmed) and red (skimmed-and-watery), as well as goats' milk and milk
made from rice, soya and various other vegetable substitutes. Imagine the
logistical problems of getting the right milk to the right person!
And there were some people who never got the technique, so theirs
always squirted hem hem. The technique was to press with thumb, but
with iron control over the muscles so you could stop pressing the
instant it started to move.
"That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without
On Tue, 01 Dec 2015 03:23:51 +0000, John Rumm wrote:
I remember sixpences stopping being accepted in shops, and going down to
spend the last couple in my piggybank. But shillings/two shillings were
OK, because they were the same as 5/10p.
Even then, at 5 or so, I thought it was an odd way to work, and why did
we have to have this out-of-date rubbish still kicking about.
Because at 5 you had no poetry in your soul. ;-)
I came from a decimal economy (US) to the UK in 1965 and loved the British
currency. So much more interesting than cent, nickels, dimes, quarters &
Let's not forget MPG. I mean who in their right mind would ever want to
change over to litres per 100km? It's a system that only makes a bit of
sense if you've never had a "man sized" measure of fuel. Of course now
we're stuck with converting litres to gallons before we can work our our
MPG but that's still preferable to changing over to L/100km. ;-)
I set up a spreadsheet which does all this for me: given start mileage, end
mileage, amount of fuel, total cost and date, it gives me mpg (which is
miles/litre * litres/gallon), cost per litre, and plots consumption and fuel
prices on graphs as a function of date so I can look for trends. I also
record the average mpg that my car's trip computer reports and plot this
against my calculated mpg - sadly although there is *some* correlation
between the two, there is also a great deal of scatter and the best fit line
is laughable (you'd expect it to have a gradient of 1 and to go through zero
if there was good correlation, but it's nowhere near, so the car's mpg
figures are largely fictitious! A gradient of a little under or a little
over would be fair enough if it consistently under- or over-read, but I'd
still expect the intercept to be close to zero.
The only thing that I've not managed to automate is the plotting of the
graphs: every time I add a new row for a new tank filling, I have to adjust
each graph's formula to increment the row number that defines the end of the
On the subject of miles versus km, I was told when I went over to the
Republic of Ireland that when they changed from miles to km, they changed
the distance signs to km, and all modern cars were made to a strange spec:
right hand drive, but with speedo calibrated primarily in km/hr. However
they deliberately left the speed limit signs in mph because they did not
want anyone to see a speed limit in km/hr (which is a *larger* figure than
the equivalent mph) and try to claim that they thought that it was an mph
limit :-) So you see a limit and have to read it off the smaller, less
conspicuous figures on the car's speedo, which takes a bit of getting used
Why is that the "strange" spec, rather than RHD/miles?
As well as Eire, are another two European countries (Cyprus and Malta)
that use that combo, and only us that use "our" way. Then there's the
various other global RHD markets - Australia, Japan, India, Malaysia,
most of Southern Africa, Caribbean - who all use km.
Globally, there is only one country that is RHD and uses miles. The UK.
All the other countries who use miles (the US, Liberia and Myanmar, plus
a handful of tiddlers) are LHD.
If the convention here was "How much fuel does it take to go a certain
distance?" and somebody suggested "How far can I go on a certain amount
of fuel?", there would be a huge outcry about how wrong it all was, and
how OUR WAY was so much better.
Of course, the ridiculousness is merely compounded by the only other
major country in the world who use "miles per gallon" using a different
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