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European Union abolishes the English acre


"Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground." (Shakespeare, The Tempest)

The EU has just proclaimed that in 2010 it will be illegal to register land in acres. This means that no one will be able to talk about acres when they want to buy or sell them. The new translation reads -

"Now would I give 201,000 metres of sea for 2.471 hectares of barren ground."

It has a certain dull and clanking sound, doesn't it?

Brits have a little more than seven years to leave the EU and celebrate Magna Carta's 800th anniversary as a free people.

The posts below are a little cheerier.