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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2016-02-05T13:22:51Z
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OECD report highlights problems with numeracy in England

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 13:03
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has recently published a report entitled “Building Skills for All: A Review of England”, part of the OECD Skills Studies series of reports. Ronnie Cohen considers its findings. The report compares basic … Continue reading → 0

Pocket World in Figures: A common booklet for a global readership

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:44
In this article, Ronnie Cohen writes about a UK publication involving measurement that is aimed at a global readership. This year, The Economist has published the 25th edition of the annual Pocket World in Figures booklet. The 2016 edition is full … Continue reading → 0

Review of The Official Highway Code 2015 Edition

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 14:55
Ronnie Cohen reviews the 2015 Edition of the The Official Highway Code to comment on what has changed since the last edition and what has remained the same. This review includes comments on the use of measurement units within the … Continue reading → 0

Modular metric magic

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 23:33
OR A Tale of Over Forty Years of Dimensional Co-ordination in UK Kitchens An article in the recent UKMA newsletter by the Editor on renovating his kitchen has prompted one of our regular contributors, John Frewen-Lord, to relate his own … Continue reading → 0

Parallels between metrication and airport expansion policy

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 23:20
Ronnie Cohen has observed several similarities between successive governments’ policies on airport expansion and metrication. Although they are completely unrelated issues and there is no link between the two, it speaks volumes about the inability of the British government to … Continue reading → 0

An anniversary for the US Metric Conversion Act

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 22:39
The 1975 Metric Conversion Act (MCA) was signed into law by President Gerald Ford on December 23, 1975. To mark the 40th anniversary of this event, Ronnie Cohen looks at the introduction of the Act and its effect on metrication … Continue reading → 0

The Worboys Committee Report revisited

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 22:41
Ronnie Cohen looks back at the 1963 Worboys Committee report and reviews how well the current version of the TSRGD addresses the main criticisms of the earlier traffic signs system and the Committee’s findings and recommendations. He suggests ways that … Continue reading → 0

Money-saving tips for cash-starved Councils and the DfT

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 22:09
Ronnie Cohen suggests ways to help those responsible for transport budgets, both local and national, achieve savings targets without extra spending. There has been a recent agreement between several government departments and the Treasury to make budget cuts of 30% … Continue reading → 1

Our Awkward Dual Measuring Instruments

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 14:46
As a consequence of the “very British mess” with measurement policy, the public has to put up with awkward, cluttered, hard-to-read dual measuring instruments. Various types are used every day. In this article, Ronnie Cohen describes several examples and comments … Continue reading → 0

On the beach (in North London)

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 19:30
The onset of foggy mornings and dark evenings reminds us that winter is on its way. Ronnie Cohen has written an article that may just get us thinking of those lazy, hazy days of summer spent on a continental beach … Continue reading → 0

The 1972 White Paper Revisited

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 15:30
This week, Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the long-forgotten 1972 White Paper on Metrication. One widespread myth that has constantly been repeated by Eurosceptic politicians and the tabloid media is that the metric system has been imposed on the … Continue reading → 0