Following a recipe last night, I found myself forced to work between three accepted British units of measurement; grams, ounces and cupfuls. We seem to have adopted some measurement units but none of them completely.
This, of course, is the British way of doing things. After the campaign for women’s suffrage peaked between 1910 and 1914, women went to war and proved they were worthy of the vote. In 1918, voting was brought in – but only partially (women over 30 were allowed, along with other provisos). We joined the European Union – but didn’t accept currency change or all of the regulations.
This morning, I read about another classic British measurement. I quote; ‘Many of David Hockney’s new works are large-scale – some as big as a double decker bus.’ When I was a kid, dinosaurs were always measured in double decker buses. ‘This diplodocus is the height of two double decker buses.’ Why did an item of transport become a standard measurement?
Another is the odd link between the theatre and sports. ‘The stage at the Dominion Theatre is over half the size of a football pitch.’ Never having been to a football match I have no way of judging how big that is. Why not introduce more arbitrary measurements? ‘Oxford Street’s newest store is twice the size of the London’s Zoo’s flamingo enclosure.’