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Old 28th Mar 2020, 21:45
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Some folks idea of social distancing isn't mine.

All this week my neighbour has practiced social distancing by having 4 or 5 of his work mates round to do some intensive garden stuff. We have had 4 or 5 of their work logo'ed vans parked in the road outside every day since Tuesday and the almost constant noise associated with mini digger work, chainsaw work and a couple of young girls running around and screaming. They have removed 40 odd feet of fir tree hedging, pulled down some larch lap fence panels, dug a pit to put a trampoline flush to the ground and a few other tasks. We have lost all of the privacy in our garden for the moment but we think they are going to fit a new fence as a number of tall concrete fence posts turned up.

HAs anyone else seen such an odd interpretation of the social distancing rules?

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Old 28th Mar 2020, 23:03
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I just wish that people wouldn't assume that that most of the population have been cooked on the metric stove. Why this nonsensical 'two meters' ? We've left the EU and should now be reverting to Imperial.

There are probably around ten million older folk for whom the metric system isn't their first language. Six feet/two meters is acceptable. I personal think that twenty feet would give better protection against a violent effluvium.
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Old 28th Mar 2020, 23:14
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Maybe this virus will be a form of natural selection by removing some of the effluent from society?

I have family in the Salisbury area and I understand there is a perennial problem with a bunch of loudmouth drinkers in the city. Usually hanging around in the city centre with an assortment of dogs. They’re frequently quite verbally aggressive to each other and intimidate and pester passers by for money. In view of the directive about social isolation, I would have recommended that this jolly bunch were incarcerated together - just in case they had already infected each other - and tell them to keep their fingers crossed that one of them wasn’t already a carrier and that the cell would be opened in four weeks time.

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Old 28th Mar 2020, 23:54
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Originally Posted by Capt Kremmen View Post
I just wish that people wouldn't assume that that most of the population have been cooked on the metric stove. Why this nonsensical 'two meters' ? We've left the EU and should now be reverting to Imperial.
You are joking I assume? The SI (metric) system is universal. If you think that Brexit means going back to feet and inches you are very wrong. Our industry is going to have enough problems selling to the world without specifying our products in obsolete units.
I'm sure even elderly people (those that aren't confined indoors) will understand how to keep a safe distance from others.
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Old 29th Mar 2020, 00:10
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In view of the directive about social isolation, I would have recommended that this jolly bunch were incarcerated together - just in case they had already infected each other
For some extraordinary reason I read that as 'I would have recommended that this jolly bunch were incinerated together'!
Whatever gave me that idea?
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Old 29th Mar 2020, 03:56
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You are joking I assume? The SI (metric) system is universal.
Nope.....wrong!

Last time I checked the USA has never gone Metric.....as our Standard.

We do sell tools in both American and Metric....and know how to tell the difference.

Now you would not wish to be seen as inferior to the Yanks now would you?
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Old 29th Mar 2020, 04:02
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I think America is officially on the metric system.

https://www.nist.gov/system/files/do...tric/1136a.pdf
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Old 29th Mar 2020, 05:46
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I have friends with very capable off-road trucks with campers on the back. A number have dispersed to northern Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.

Not only a number of feet from others but rather dozens of not more miles away from them. Food, water, a porta potty and alcohol were were common to most on the packing list. One friend brought four novels to read, finishing those was his trigger to return.

Doesn't sound so bad.
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Old 29th Mar 2020, 08:01
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Originally Posted by West Coast View Post
I have friends with very capable off-road trucks with campers on the back. A number have dispersed to northern Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.

Not only a number of feet from others but rather dozens of not more miles away from them. Food, water, a porta potty and alcohol were were common to most on the packing list. One friend brought four novels to read, finishing those was his trigger to return.

Doesn't sound so bad.
Ah, interesting though the dispersal options above may be, alas, here in the 51st ( pending ) State it's not quite that simple.

You see, while the States you mention do have large areas of, well, nothing apart from the natural geographic features, and rattle snakes, we are a bit more limited in some respects. Currently, whilst not banned, motor homes are not what you would call being welcomed with open arms by locals in locations they wish to decamp to. Virtually all the campsites are closed, even those who are permanent camper van dwellers were booted out,

The good news is that sales of yellow and black tape have soared because many outlets are now liberally displaying it at 2m intervals. Unusually, for the British, as we do like to wallow in nostalgia and hence happily display Imperial alongside Metric wherever possible, on this occasion there are no comparative signs.......who knows, maybe we can finally convert to the complexities of metric !
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Old 29th Mar 2020, 08:06
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who knows, maybe we can finally convert to the complexities of metric !
Why not, it's a dozen times easier.
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Old 29th Mar 2020, 08:18
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We do sell tools in both American and Metric....and know how to tell the difference.[
Glad you do SASless, shame that a major US Government agency and a major American aerospace company didn’t....


The primary cause of this discrepancy was that one piece of ground software supplied by Lockheed Martin produced results in a United States customary unit, contrary to its Software Interface Specification (SIS), while a second system, supplied by NASA, expected those results to be in SI units, in accordance with the SIS. Specifically, software that calculated the total impulse produced by thruster firings produced results in pound-force seconds. The trajectory calculation software then used these results – expected to be in newton seconds (incorrect by a factor of 4.45)[16] – to update the predicted position of the spacecraft.[17]

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Old 29th Mar 2020, 08:57
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Originally Posted by Capt Kremmen View Post
I just wish that people wouldn't assume that that most of the population have been cooked on the metric stove. Why this nonsensical 'two meters' ? We've left the EU and should now be reverting to Imperial.

There are probably around ten million older folk for whom the metric system isn't their first language. Six feet/two meters is acceptable. I personal think that twenty feet would give better protection against a violent effluvium.
I thought that the easiest way to ensure the 6 ft/2 m social distancing gap was supposedly to imagine a dead body stretched out on the ground between you and the person you're interacting with.
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Old 29th Mar 2020, 09:04
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It doesn't really matter. It looks like the Orange One will prematurely end the US lockdown so that his hotels and golf clubs can re-open, which means that the virus will become rampant through-out america and kill most of them off. Then the matter of who is superior or inferior to americans will become a moot point - like asking if our jungle-survival skills are inferior to those of the Mayans or whether our street planners are inferior to those of Atlantis.

From a purely technical perspective the Inferial system of units is hopelessly irrational, being in multiple unrelated number bases and with no co-ordination so that dozens of corrective constants of proportionality are needed for any but the most trivial engineering calculation. The SI system is rational and therefore superior in pretty well every significant respect - you don't have to clutter up calculations with stupid stuff like remembering a horsepower is 550 foot-pounds per second or a mile is 63,360 inches.

But if the social-distancing advice is too difficult for you just think of it as six and a half feet. If you want to hold out as some "anti-metric martyr" they you are of course free to decide that in this Free Britain you will use just six feet because that asserts your inferial heritage. The only real consequence is it will put your personal risk of dying from Covid-19 slight higher. The longer term consequence will then simply be a darwinian tendency for fewer of the inferial dinosaurs to survive the pandemic.

Whether that is a good or bad thing is a personal reflection which is left as an exercise for the reader.

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Old 29th Mar 2020, 09:13
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Originally Posted by Capt Kremmen View Post
I just wish that people wouldn't assume that that most of the population have been cooked on the metric stove. Why this nonsensical 'two meters' ? We've left the EU and should now be reverting to Imperial.

There are probably around ten million older folk for whom the metric system isn't their first language. Six feet/two meters is acceptable. I personal think that twenty feet would give better protection against a violent effluvium.
One of the best troll posts I have read Capt Kremmen 👏👏👏

Bear in mind that it will only be about 8 million or so in the near future, so better get lobbying apace.
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Old 29th Mar 2020, 09:30
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Ah yes Imperial, measuring cuts in 1/32, 1/16, 1/8s, 1/4s, 1/2s, 3/4s. Weights in Long and Short Tonnes.
Perhaps we should also revert back to shillings and 1d?

Back to social distancing...I love it!
Being on the edge of a small village I can step out my gate into fields or get exercise on my bike without having to meet anyone.
My partner and the bin lids hate it...but I have the stories and anecdotes from you fine chaps, online shopping and walking the dogs.
Gives me time to ponder a circumnavigation with others or by myself.

Stay safe
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Old 29th Mar 2020, 09:32
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I am using four cubits as a safe distancing measure.
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I traded my wife‘s fur coat for a furlong.

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Old 29th Mar 2020, 09:38
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Originally Posted by Spunky Monkey View Post
Ah yes Imperial, measuring cuts in 1/32, 1/16, 1/8s, 1/4s, 1/2s, 3/4s. Weights in Long and Short Tonnes.
Perhaps we should also revert back to shillings and 1d?

Back to social distancing...I love it!
Being on the edge of a small village I can step out my gate into fields or get exercise on my bike without having to meet anyone.
My partner and the bin lids hate it...but I have the stories and anecdotes from you fine chaps, online shopping and walking the dogs.
Gives me time to ponder a circumnavigation with others or by myself.
Stay safe
Hah! Had to get your three ha pence in... I once got a bike frame made in Southampton and it was to be 58cm high. As the guy worked in inches I lent him my mother’s cloth measuring tape with both scales on it. And of course, the tape had stretched so I ended up with a barn gate...
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Old 29th Mar 2020, 09:41
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Why not, it's a dozen times easier.
That's a gross statement.
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Old 29th Mar 2020, 10:06
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