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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2017-01-13T17:42:56Z
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The euro – decimal all ways

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 17:22
It has now been 15 years since the launch of euro notes and coins on 1 January 2002. While UKMA takes no position on the euro, the anniversary of the introduction of euro notes and coins gives an opportunity to … Continue reading → 0

Planned upgrades to the SI

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 11:41
We kick off 2017 with an article for metric geeks. But before imperial enthusiasts jump in to claim this shows how impractical metric units are, it should be pointed out that since 1963 (for mass and length) and 1985 (for volume), … Continue reading → 0

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 14:36
We take a look at the past year on Metric Views and speculate about what the future holds. The past year was one of the most active on Metric Views with forty articles posted, and 750 comments received from around sixty … Continue reading → 2

Rio 2016, a showcase for the metric system

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 12:06
As 2016 draws to a close, we look at one of the institutions that benefits from an international and universal measurement system – the Olympic Games. Rio 2016 consisted of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It took place between 5 August … Continue reading → 0

Imperial on the surface, metric beneath

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:05
Following on from his article about the far-reaching influence of the measurement units used on road traffic signs, Ronnie Cohen now takes a look at the signs themselves and the roads they complement. Despite our roads being predominantly signed in imperial units, … Continue reading → 0

DfT influence goes way beyond transport

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 22:39
During the past few weeks, there have been many news stories about the removal or modification of certain metric traffic signs by an elderly gent from Huntingdon and his friends. Their inability to see beyond the narrow remit they have set themselves has … Continue reading → 0

Education matters

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 11:00
The benefit for education is an important but often ignored reason for completing the UK’s metric changeover. Metric Views welcomes a new report that has recently appeared on the subject, entitled “Metrication in education”. Our article includes a link to download the report.The author, Alan … Continue reading → 0

Isolationist thinking behind Trump and Vote Leave

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:54
UKMA did not takes sides in the EU referendum campaign – the UK would have to do business with a world that is predominantly metric whatever the outcome. However, one of our regular contributors, Ronnie Cohen, detects a theme of isolationism … Continue reading → 2

Quirks of US Customary Units

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 00:23
Some would argue that the decline of manufacturing industry in the USA contributed to Mr Trump’s surprising victory in the Presidential election. Others might say that tardy adoption of the international system of measures was one of the causes of manufacturing’s … Continue reading → 0

Imperial habits die hard

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 10:44
The attention of Metric Views has been drawn to a question appearing in the ‘Problems solved’ section of the November edition of Which? magazine. It relates to washing powder weights and volumes. A reader in Plymouth, Devon, posed the following … Continue reading → 1

Could London bus accident have been prevented?

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:18
This weekend we heard the sad news that 26 people were injured when a double-deck bus hit a low bridge in Tottenham, north London. But could this accident have been prevented? The driver of the bus evidently ignored the height restriction … Continue reading → 0

How can people’s behaviour be changed?

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 22:36
One of our regular contributors, Phil Hall, looks at the success of the recently-introduced plastic bag charge in England, and asks if there are lessons for the completion of the UK’s stalled metric changeover. It has been reported recently that … Continue reading → 0

Metric euromyths peddled by British national newspapers

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 20:28
Ronnie Cohen takes a look at eight myths involving the EU and the metric system. Myths about the EU peddled by British national newspapers are so common that the European Commission has a section on its website devoted to countering them. … Continue reading → 0

Why ten and not twelve?

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 00:08
This is a question that often arises during discussions on the merits of the metric system. Martin Vlietstra, one of our regular readers, provides some thoughts on the matter, coincidentally on 10 October. Critics of the metric system of cite the … Continue reading → 0