Which decade is the Daily Express stuck in ?

Today's Express headlines lead me to ask what decade they are stuck in. For some unknown reason the Express, stuck like Sam Tyler in Life on Mars in 1973, believes that by re-adopting the fahrenheit system they are re-asserting our independence as a sovereign nation. Never mind the fact that anyone under the age of 40 has not got a clue what they are on about as they only understand celcius.
Now perhaps the Express' lack of relevance to UK society explains why their readership is constantly on the slide.


Anonymous said...

I think you are wrong on this Nich - I am 28 and I udnerstand F more than I do C. Amazingly enough I still believe most children at High School are split (despite, like you, believing they would only get C) - and a good minority also prefer inches etc. Amazing, but true. So the Daily Express is speaking up for some people.


Tristan said...

The Express has alienated so many readers over the years by becoming such a tabloid.

My Grandmother used to read it, but its so dire now (she also used to read the Manchester Guardian, but that went downhill when it dropped the Manchester apparently...)

As for the Fahrenheit thing, its Americanisation of course ;)
Means little to me, although having an American fiancee means I'm having to learn to estimate temperatures to translate between the two.

Of course, if they really wanted to sensationalise they should have said 298K ;)

Anonymous said...

To give a nod of balance against Anthony - at 33 I only have a grasp of celsius temperatures.

We were taught farenheit in school with an overtone of "you need to know about this and how to translate it when you talk to old folk" - only slightly more attention given to it than to "oh and there used to not be 100p in a pound, how quaint".


David Nikel said...

I'm with you on this one Nich, 25 and a Celsius boy through and through.

I do however, favour inches!

Anonymous said...

I have no idea what either mean.

I know 100C is hot though