The pint has been saved

The EU has gone back on its insistence that Ireland and Britain give up imperial measurements in favour of metric ones.

Miles and feet are also a-okay with Brussels, which following an ounce of common sense — that’s 28.34 grammes —  decided they are part of our culture and traditions. It was also an economic decision: it would have hurt trade with the US, which also uses the imperial system.

I’m not sure I really give a toss. I would still have referred to my height in feet and inches regardless of what was going on. Also, buying food in grammes and kilogrammes is second nature. Pounds is fine too, though an ounce has always been an intangible quality to my tiny brain.

Besides, would it really have been so much trouble asking for a glass of beer instead of a pint?

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