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Silver-Fox

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One year in St Ives I collected my Mums Datsun 280c estate from one of the carparks near the Tate.

I decided to drive down the back lanes and have to say it did get a tad tight more mm to spare than inches.

Any pedestrians had to step into door ways to allow me past.
Ohh and it was reasonably steep going down as well 😊

Only did it the once though 😉

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I'll own up to cutting across the back of Rye town centre and ignoring the 6'6" width as it's a lot easier than taking the main road around due to all the parked cars. But I know the road well and you could get an artic down even with cars parked at the side.

Landgate is the road with a 6"6' retriction.
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I'll own up to cutting across the back of Rye town centre and ignoring the 6'6" width as it's a lot easier than taking the main road around due to all the parked cars. But I know the road well and you could get an artic down even with cars parked at the side.

Landgate is the road with a 6"6' retriction.
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This is the point isnt it. The Authorities put inaccurate information up and then are surprised when people ignore them. Ive been to places in a lorry where the signage says you can't get but actually you can and there are businesses down there.

I think this is partly the problem with people ignoring the red X sign on the motorways, you frequently get to the end and there is nothing there.
 

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Fair play to them, we stayed in Mevagissey in the summer and hired a cottage on the same road that took dogs. My Mercedes ML at the time has every camera and sensor gong nuts driving down that road.
There is balls and there is that driver!
 
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I've heard of drivers who end up in a place in say, Scotland, instead of the same named place in Wales. Or on a cliff top or in a river...........so maybe it's possible to become 'hypnotised' by the GPS, leading to folk to blindly follow the instructions in a bit of a daze.
On one occasion, following my TomTom whilst returning home through the 'samey' countryside of the New Forest I was surprised to pass a farm with exactly the same name and green tractor as one I'd passed half an hour earlier.................:doh:
 
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I wonder if it confuses because motorhomes are measured in metres, roadsigns are in feet and inches. At least one of those shown was rented, there needs to be a clear sign somewhere in the van saying it will not fit through a 6ft 6 width restricted gap

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Lenny HB

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I wonder if it confuses because motorhomes are measured in metres, roadsigns are in feet and inches. At least one of those shown was rented, there needs to be a clear sign somewhere in the van saying it will not fit through a 6ft 6 width restricted gap
We went metric for measurements in the 70's so why are road signs still in feet & inches 50 years later, madness.
 
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I've found that on a narrow road, oncoming traffic will pull in to the side if they see a bus or bin wagon coming towards them, but they rarely make the space for you if you're in a motorhome ?
I find the opposite in our 'A' Class N&B Arto with a very large windscreen, which I think could easily be mistaken for a 16 passenger bus. Even quite big trucks stop for us.

I am often very grateful that they do.

But with a 'C' Class the front looks like a white van and maybe people do not notice the bodywork behind.
 
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Or the road to the car park at the Lizard. I barely get down it :)
Got the T shirt on that one. In our previous Adria C class we decided to park in the NT car park.

The road looked fine when we joined it, but gradually narrowed. No way out so committed to go forward. Wife hanging out of the toilet window on the nearside and me leaning right out of the driver's window while trying to creep along. Literally an inch or two to spare each side to the stone walls. Took us a long time to go the last couple of hundred yards.

When we got there the parking attendant, who had been watching our progress over the top of the stone wall was all smiles and said "glad you made it, don't worry the exit road is easier". And it was. The good news was that we ended up staying the night in the car park because we were so shattered by the experience. Lovely and quiet until the sea mist rolled in and then the fog horn started up. Only lasted until about midnight so had a reasonably good sleep.

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We went metric for measurements in the 70's so why are road signs still in feet & inches 50 years later, madness.
For the over 60's ?
The teaching of the Imperial system (and £/S/D) was dropped from the official school cerriculum in September 1966.

(Some schools continued to teach it though, and suprisingly more schools taught it in the 1980's than in the 1970's !)

The contuined use of imperial measument continues to cause millions of pounds of damages every year.
The classic being the US$ 2 billion Mars Lander where NASA had specced the thrust required in KG and Lockheed assumed it was LB. Result is after a 6 month flight the craft crashed into Mars.
 
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For the over 60's ?
The teaching of the Imperial system (and £/S/D) was dropped from the official school cerriculum in September 1966.

(Some schools continued to teach it though, and suprisingly more schools taught it in the 1980's than in the 1970's !)

The contuined use of imperial measument continues to cause millions of pounds of damages every year.
The classic being the US$ 2 billion Mars Lander where NASA had specced the thrust required in KG and Lockheed assumed it was LB. Result is after a 6 month flight the craft crashed into Mars.
It happens with metric as well, all drawing's I receive should be in mm but occasionally someone will send it in cm or worse still I've had them come with a combination of both!

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A company I worked for used mainly American machinery, inch dimensions and Unified fasteners and the finished product was measured in Imperial units. We started making and selling their machines under licence to all four corners of the globe and later on, someone decided we should offer a metric version. Where they messed up big time, was most of the parts were bespoke, but they altered them to the nearest mm size too, so overnight, our parts inventory doubled. A 3" spigotted ram with matching high pressure oil centred guide bush became a 75mm unit, both doing the exact same job, both only supplied by us and neither were interchangeable.
 
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Probably raining and thought he"d give the locals some excitement

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Mr Stonemags is a joiner, and he uses a mixture of both imperial and metric, with to me no logic! Leads to endless confusion for me when measuring anything or helping with DIY! Although that was not our excuse when we very nearly had to live out the rest of our lives in the small Spanish village of Lubrin due to an ever narrowing road and a very awkward turn!
 

Silver-Fox

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Mr Stonemags is a joiner, and he uses a mixture of both imperial and metric, with to me no logic! Leads to endless confusion for me when measuring anything or helping with DIY! Although that was not our excuse when we very nearly had to live out the rest of our lives in the small Spanish village of Lubrin due to an ever narrowing road and a very awkward turn!
We chippies use the nearest mark on the tape to what were measuring 😂

Still ask for timber in imperial even though that was changed years ago.

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We chippies use the nearest mark on the tape to what were measuring 😂

Still ask for timber in imperial even though that was changed years ago.
You are correct. It’s always a chunk of 4x2 never 100x50. My local builders yard sells sand by the shovelful.
 
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Still ask for timber in imperial even though that was changed years ago.
Recently bought a sheet of 8' x 4' plywood, but of course it was labeled as 2440mm x 1220mm.

A news report on the BBC, (some time ago), stated that a stolen and damaged car was driven for over two kilometres at speeds of up to 70mph.
 

Silver-Fox

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Recently bought a sheet of 8' x 4' plywood, but of course it was labeled as 2440mm x 1220mm.

A news report on the BBC, (some time ago), stated that a stolen and damaged car was driven for over two kilometres at speeds of up to 70mph.
Yep some sheet material is still produced in imperial.

It’s a strange world we live in 😊

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