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Old 8th Aug 2015, 12:23
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1. Make fire
2. Find / purify water
3. Build shelter
4. Make weapons
5. Find food / hunt game
6. Skin game / butcher game / cook game
7. Make compass or plot star charts
8. Tan hides / make rope / make soap / evaporate salt
9. Dig clay / fire clay
10. Work out which rocks are harder than which other rocks

....if'n y'all can master the above, you'll live through to Day Two.

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Old 8th Aug 2015, 12:50
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sucking eggs

I think my grandmother knew how
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 12:53
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P.S. as Swindon is on a Mammoth migration route we get regular Mammoth incursions so we are quite adept at trapping them!
Don't they get stopped at Calais?
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 14:55
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Windy,

Don't the mammoths get confused at the magic roundabout?

But mammoths are another reason for me to avoid going into Swindon except when absolutely necessary - usually about 4 times a year.
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 15:01
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the jolly old Imperial measurements.
You mean the system where we had units that were invented for the job and were not forced into using artificial and unsuitable ones?
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 15:04
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do you really need sat.nav for most journeys ?
Not just for navigation, but for giving such info as ETA.

Mine also includes hands free phone and MP3 player functions.
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 15:09
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Being a lover of 'creature comforts' the majority of my life (toilet) I've enjoyed the absorption and the 'feel clean' benefits of three ply toilet paper.

If, and when, the world goes TU I shall be happy knowing I have a good quality toilet paper, and sit in confidence as the world ends.
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 15:16
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You mean the system where we had units that were invented for the job and were not forced into using artificial and unsuitable ones?
Like screw threads that were not too fine for use in aluminium (BSW), AND were stronger than metric? There is one good metric thread - the Thrury, anglicised as BA and very strong.
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 15:32
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A cwt of coal costs 7shillings 6pence and 3farthings.
How much would 1ton 4cwt cost? All workings must be shown.
Probably not written out correctly but you get the idea

I wish we'd had metric when I were a lad
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 15:32
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Like screw threads that were not too fine for use in aluminium (BSW), AND were stronger than metric? There is one good metric thread - the Thrury, anglicised as BA and very strong.
I didn't know that.



sucking eggs

I think my grandmother knew how

You're lucky. I had to teach mine.
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 15:50
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Goudie

If it was written as

If 49896 grams of coal cost 7 shillings 6 pence and 3 farthings

How much would 1197480 grams cost?

You would have a bigger chance of getting it wrong.

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Old 8th Aug 2015, 16:01
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" .Not just for navigation, but for giving such info as ETA."

Ah yes, those speed / distance / time mental arithmetic calculations can be very complex at times.......

Oddly enough, aircraft control cables are still have the cwt unit attached to them, as do winch cables.

Try asking what is now a rather large chunk of the population what cwt stands for however and I'll guarantee you will get a expression....not unsurprisingly.
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 16:12
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Try asking what is now a rather large chunk of the population what cwt stands for however and I'll guarantee you will get a expression....not unsurprisingly.
Just because people are ignorant about something, does not make it wrong or bad. A CWT was the perfect unit of measure for a sack of coal.

As for mental arithmetic, in spite of my advanced years, I'm still rather good at it but having information displayed is still easier to read than calculate it.

I find it humorous that the Rugby pitch, which by and large is a 'British' game and played in the main in the old Empire, has metrified its pitch, but Football, which is truly international, the pitch is still specified in Imperial Measure.
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 16:29
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A CWT was the perfect unit of measure for a sack of coal.
In the days when coal delivery men could lift a cwt (and didn't have H&S telling them it was too heavy).

And also cement came in cwt bags not these little namby-pamby 25kg we get today. A good brickies labourer could heave them about all day.
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 16:41
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Rivets,

The Thrury thread was introduced for horological use: it originally went down to #26. It uses a 47.5 degree thread angle for strength because the finer threads were down to the point where the steel wasn't strong enough on the thread flanks with the usual 60 degree angle: that's why (marginally) BSF and BSW are stronger than the unified or metric threads.

The Thrury thread is the only logical thread in that each size has a pitch 0.9 of the one above: 0BA is 1mm pitch, 1 BA 0.9mm and so on. Officially adopted in the UK as the British Association thread in 1903, even in BS57: 1951, the dimensions are in both metric and imperial units.
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 16:44
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Type writer repair.

Interesting the skills that have made a come back.

At one time about twenty five years ago Mrs VJ and I decided we should get bicycles. Took ages to find any second hand, they were pretty well non-existant in London. We thought bicycle repair person would be extinct shortly. Then along comes the green crowd and the "Ride 'em for fun' crowd and now there are about ten bicycle shops in our little village and the damn things can cost as much as seven or eight thousand dollars, and that's not even the really fancy ones.
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 16:51
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Who was it that said; The metric system is a dozen times easier
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 16:53
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BA - Lovely thread, I still use 12BA for demanding applications. Not got many left now, so I have to recycle them carefully.
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 17:24
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Years ago I was an instructor at an RAF School where it became apparent that keyboard skills were becoming a prerequisite for mission reporting, so we introduced "keyboard trainers". In their own time students had to get up to speed on a computer keyboard and pass a words per minute self test.
During a visit back some time later I noticed that said trainers had been mothballed as:
" The kids coming through now are all keyboard literate ."
Some years later I lobbed in again and was talking things over with the O.C. when the topic of the , as I thought redundant, "keyboard trainers" came up.

"We've had to reintroduce them , since the current generation can only use a mouse: and that to play games "....
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Old 8th Aug 2015, 17:27
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Originally Posted by wings folded
Don't they get stopped at Calais?
Ane Fule no they don't cross the channel!

Originally Posted by radeng
Don't the mammoths get confused at the magic roundabout?
unlike you, they don't!
see here Welcome to the Mammoth migration homepage

Right I'm off to see the Elgin Llamas!
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