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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 28 THE IETHBRIDGB HERAID Thunday, 26, 1970 British measurements on the crazy side since William the Conqueror white paper on metric conversionJbeingjjgsely studied By JOHN LcBLANC LONDON (CP) Ever since William the Conqueror sent his tough guys around the country to compile ihe Domesday Book on who owed slug recalcitrants over the head with the broad- measurements have been on the crazy side. There are rods, furlongs and a whole host of other odd- ities that don't measure up to anything anywhere else. Now Britain is moving over to the metric system. That is, government officials think she is. The British move slowly in these things, but officialdom is giving a nudge. Canada's white paper on metric conversion is being studied closely. It gives en- couragement to what officials here have been trying to do for generations. By about 1975 Britain is ex- pected to switch from its an- cient and complicated system of weights and measures to the simple metric system. It's going to, for one thing, change the word me- trication wffl have to be in there. COST TO BE HIGH It's also going to cost Hie country an incalculable amount of money. A current all anyone can do now is that it might be around million. That's a gross figure. On the other hand, big savings in production and other costs can be expected. Part of the thrust for Brit- ain comes from the fact that this country is making passes at entering the European Common Market, whose coun- tries are mainly on the metric system. Also, even now, about 8fl per cent of Britain's ex- ports go to metric countries. Still, they call it has been sneaking up on Britons before they know much about it. Most of them, apparently, are only faintly clued up. Only one in to a poll carried out for The Daily Telegraph, can give a reasonable estimate of the length of a metre, the basic metric measure. About the same proportion can figure out the distance of a kilo- metre (the metric mile) and only about one in five knows the number of pints to a litre and pounds to a kilogram. PINT OF CHEER But amid this confusion Britons have been assured, at Prisoners eager for education KINGSTON, Oat. (CP) St. Lawrence College of Applied Arts and Technology is only a few years old, but already has a satellite campus-Collins Bay penitentiary. More than 50 applications were received this year rroffl prisoners at the pen for full- time college courses and 30 now are enrolled in the credit classes that are no different from those offered at the col- lege's main campus liere. The program, thought to be unique in Canada, grew out of classes begun in 1969 by St. Lmweace teacher David Fair- bairn, who on his own time began courses in oral and writ- ten communication at the peni- tentiary. He was Joined by others, and classes at the beginning of this term included data processing and elementary math. The program which began in September is administered by a dozen St. Lawrence staff, and courses are given for regular community college credits. A prisoner paroled to the mid- dle of a course can move to the main campus or pick up his ed- ucation whenever he wishes with the recognized credits he has earned. Until now, prisoners had the opportunity of continuing educa- tion through correspondence courses. Courses offered to this first year of operations make up bas- ically the college's first-year program in technology and busi- ness administration. Included are math, mechanics, physics, electronics and communications in the technology branch and business economics, data processing, manufacturing and marketing. SUBJECT OF RESEARCH CALGARY (CP) Society's problem of elderly women with- out husbands is the subject of research by Prof. A. E. D. Kchonficld of the psychology de- partment of the University of Calgary. The professor says evasive attitudes on the subjects of aging are held by educa- tionalists as school curricula and university programs seldom include any reference to the subject. least unofficially, that at least some of the Gibraltar-type mainstays of British life will remain unchanged. One is the pint in the pub, which, one and all are assured, will not be degraded1 to the point where a man will have to belly up to the bar and say: "Gimme me arf a litre." Actually, the so-called "me- trication" will leave a lot of other standbys untouched, de- pending on what manufactur- ers and others want, to do about it. The pint milk bottle delivered seven days a week at the doorstep will remain. So will many other containers which producers have been quietly slipping into the met- ric systen? for years. For instance, many types of canned and bottled foods now have the metric weight equiv- alent to the avoirdupois stamped on them. Before long, officials say, the custom- ary half-pound designation or so will just be given in round gram figures. But a number of anachron- isms are bound to remain. No one will try to "metricate' ita size of the local baker's loaf of bread, which depends on how he fondly shapes it. MIND BOGGLES These are minor things, though, compared with what will be happening elsewhere over the years. For one tiling the public records of links, chains and win have to be switched to metres. This will take years maybe it ever gets done. Then there are the odds and ends. The stone, the basic measure of physical weight, will go. People in Britain now say a lightweight man weighs 10 stone eight, meaning 148 pounds. After 1975 they'll scy he scales in at so many kilo- grams. The ton will disappear. Al- ready the government is slid- ing b the which is kilograms. Ms still is unofficial lingo but apparently will be going into the lan- guage. And what of 36-32-38? Getting this into metrication makes the mind boggle. DRUG STORES LETHBRIDGE Boyd's Pharmoey 1644 Mayor Magralh Drive Phons 328-3760 Kitsons Pharmacy McFarland Block 327-3773 Marquis Pharmacy Lid. Marquis Hole! Bldg. Phent 327-3231 McCrcady-Baines Pharmacy ltd. 614 3rd S. Phonn 327-3S55 Stubbs Pharmacy 1506 9th Ave. S. Phons 328-5512 Westminster Drugs Ltd. 425 13th Street North Phono 328-7833 S. ALBERTA STORES Higa's Pharmacy Ltd. PINCHER CREEK Phong 627-3195 Low's Pharmacy COAIDAIE Thorn 345-3466 Oddies Central Drug TABER Phono 223-2245 Temple City Drug CARDSTON Phono 653-3842 Quinn's Drug Store MILK RIVER Phone 647-3687 SOUTH EASTERN B.C. Norman's Pharmacy Ltd. 195 Dcfcf ParV Avenue, KIMBERIEY Phons 427-4544 lingard Pharmacy Ltd. CRANBROOK, B.C. 1011 Baker Street Phono 426-4271 Tl-YbUR A.R.P. PHARMACY MeiUNb THE COftNIR NOVEMBER 25th-DECEMBER 2nd, 1970 6 Prices subject fo change without notice We reserve the right to Sale starts November 25th limit quantities and December 2nd, vel Clock Radio Regular-31.95 SAVE UP TO 7.96 PRE-CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 23 .99 Timex Ail Models PRE-CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Put More Color In Your Living Room! WIN! AN ELECTROHOME REGENCY COLOR TV Let A.R.P. put more color In your living Room. All you have to do It to pick up an entry form for this Color TV at any A.R.P. Drug fill it out, and leave it at the store, YOU may be the lucky winner. Syivania Flashcubes Regular 1.77 SAVE UP TO 53c PRE-CHRISTMAS SPECIAL....... 1 .24 105 Hair Spray 16-oz. Regular 2.98 Save up fo 1.09 PRE-CHRISTMAS SALE SPECIAL 1 .89 Black Belt Gift Set After Shave, 4-oz. 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