Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 22:08:26 -0400
From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" DUMASB[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTKVX.UTK.EDU
Subject: Going Decimal
I have not yet gone postal, and I do not think I will live long enough
to see this coutry truly go metric, but I have gone decimal. I lived in
London from August 1970-August 1971 (my excuse was that I was
studying Swahili at SOAS, which I actually did for two terms). which is
the period in which the "new" currency was establised as the only
legal tender. When I arrived, the new coins were already in circulation
and both "old
" and "new" tender were legal. In January, after a 3-day bank holiday
weekend in which ALL checking accounts in the coutnry were converted,
the "old" currency became no good and only the "new" could be used.
(Discussing this now is sort of like referring to the Book of Common
Prayer adopted by the Episcopal Church in 1978 as the "new"
prayerbook.) I heard some fascinating conversations between
shopkeepers and little old ladies on fixed incomes (of both
sexes). That same year, Scandinavia or some part of it (Sweden?)
switched from driving on one side of the street to the other (I forget
whcih direction the move was in) -- that is an experience I do not
hope to have.