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Little Plastic Packs

  • (Richard Stilligoe)

    The other day a wheelnut
    Fell from my child's push-chair
    Down I went to the push-chair shop
    To buy myself one spare
    One wheelnut just like that, I said -
    He gave me a funny look
    One wheelnut just like that, he said -
    I'm afraid you're out of luck
    Because
    They come in little plastic packs
    In groups of five or ten
    I haven't seen one singly
    Since I don't know when
    In their little plastic packs
    They're easier to sell
    They cost you twice the original price
    But they don't work half as well

    My wife bought six new coffee-cups
    One each, four for friends
    I promised I would hang them
    In the kitchen this weekend
    - Hang the cups, not the friends -
    So down I went to the ironmonger's
    To buy myself six hooks
    The ironmonger looked at me
    With another of those funny looks
    He said
    They come in little plastic packs
    In groups of five or ten
    They haven't been in sixes
    Since I don't know when
    In their little plastic packs
    They're easier to sell
    They cost you twice the original price
    But they don't work half as well

    Now a gallon of petrol in my car
    Is four point five four litres
    And sixty-two point five miles
    Make one hundred kilometres
    My lights went out the other day
    The garage man said, Fuse
    But is it British, Japanese,
    Or the German ones you use
    Because
    They come in little plastic packs
    In books of five or ten
    I didn't know if I should pay
    In pounds or marks or yen
    In their little plastic packs
    They're easier to sell
    They cost you twice the original price
    But they don't work half as well

    So last month I decided
    It was time I went
    To see the way Great Britain's run
    By Mrs Thatcher's government
    So down I went to Westminster
    There was a policeman at the door
    I said, I want to see a government -
    He just stood there looking bored
    And said
    They come in little plastic packs
    In groups of five or ten
    I haven't seen a good one
    Since I don't know when
    In their little plastic packs
    They think the people can't tell
    That they cost you twice the original price
    But they don't work half as well

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

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  • [1989:] A song about the metric system - I hate it. (Intro Iain MacKintosh)

  • [1995:] From 'M-day' on 1 October the law will demand that a plethora of goods be sold in metric units. [...] National suspicion of the metric system is as old as the system itself, introduced in post-revolutionary France in the 1790s. It was shunned on this side of the Channel as a hideous continental invention. In 1965, the Labour government, fired by modernising zeal, decided the country should turn metric. Since then, the timetable has been pushed back. The arrival of decimal currency day, on 15 February 1971, aroused fresh fears, and during the Seventies and Eighties, the Government consistently ignored the efforts of the Metrication Board to step up the pace. The board was quietly abolished in 1980. But the process continued. In 1981, petrol stations replaced gallons with litres [...]. When the pint and the mile came under threat in the late Eighties, Mrs Thatcher stepped in. As a result, M-day next month will represent a watered-down version of what might have been - the traditional British pint of bitter recategorised as 568.3 millilitres. [...] Long gone are the days of catastrophic metric mix-ups - the most spectacular, in 1983, involved a Canadian Jumbo jet forced to crash land after it ran out of fuel at 39,000ft (the plane had been mistakenly loaded with 22,300 lbs, rather than 22,300 kg of fuel). (Roger Tredre, Observer, 3 September)

  • [1995:] Britain went fully metric on 1 October - no pints or gallons any more, just litres, no pounds, just kilos, no inches or yards. You didn't know, did you? Neither did we! (Intro Iain MacKintosh)

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