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27 Feb 2007

Chains???

When I was a student in primary school our headmaster decided to teach us all about the Imperial Measurement system which had recently been formally abandoned. I grew up with a fully metric system in primary school and in secondary school and university I only used SI units. Most older people around me still used old Imperial units and so I can use them but I think metric first and Imperial second.

Yesterday I was scanning the official interim report into the recent train accident, when I spotted a distance measurement of 20 miles and 20 chains (~ 32 km). Though I learnt about chains in primary school (as a joke), I've never met anyone else who used such an arcane and obsolete unit. Perhaps if the British rail industry left the Victorian period behind we may have a decent system...