Conservation Corner


Well-known member
Nov 9, 2009
South of England
I think you have a few too many zero's
I didn't actually write it out in zeros, but your comment caused me to look it up, thus: one thousand million was known as the short scale [10 to the power of 9] and was what American English used, while us English used one million million [ten to the twelfth power] BUT in 1974 the UK switched over to the short scale! Nobody told me back then, so now its the same both sides of the pond. The word gets flipped about without much clarity, a bit like HS2 itself! The kinds of figures being used suggest every man, woman, and child is going to be paying for HS2 for quite some time. I still believe a national pipeline, with distribution and treatment centres, would have provided benefits for citizens long after high speed rail links become obsolete.

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