Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 22:08:26 -0400 From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" 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. Bethany Dumas