(I wanted to avoid a "No miss, I wasn't looking through your window. I was just looking at this electrical thingey here..."- scenario.)
I'm sure we'd all come and act as character witnesses for you......
The IEC309 connectors are used widely in commercial applications here as well. Go into the cafe section of the local supermarket, for example, and you'll see all the ovens, griddles, etc. connected with them.
The 2P+E 16A blue versions are also almost universal here for boat and RV power hookups.
On the cost side, these plugs are pretty cheap in Britain. From my latest catalog:
240V 16A 2P+E (blue) plug £1.09 (just under $2)
240/415V 32A 4P+E (red): £3.49 (~$6.30)
Any idea when IEC309 came into use in America? I get the impression they're a relatively modern introduction there.
[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 09-13-2004).]