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Will we ever go completely metric? (02 Sep 2004)
A generation of children is being taught to give their weight in kilograms, to measure their height in centimetres and to think of their drinks in litres.

But even the youngest school starters attending class for the first time this week are likely to find a country which still uses imperial measures when they finally end their education.

Britons raised to use the old standard will continue to give distances in miles, to talk about 18 yard boxes when chatting about football and furlongs when discussing horse racing.

Britain first laid plans to go metric in 1965, but will it ever go the full nine yards (8.23 metres)?
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