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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2015-11-27T22:41:30Z
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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

Milk in a muddle

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 13:36
Recent reports of the difficulties facing Britain’s milk producers have prompted Ronnie Cohen to look into the muddle sorrounding retail packaging and pricing of all types of milk. Of all the drinks in any British supermarket or convenience store, the … Continue reading → 0

Memories of Geoffrey

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 15:41
For the last 12 years of his life Geoffrey Howe was patron of the UK Metric Association.  Robin Paice, who  was Chair of the Association for most of this time, remembers him.                 … Continue reading → 0

Geoffrey Howe, Lord Howe of Aberavon, 1926 to 2015

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 21:32
The editors of Metric Views note with great regret the death yesterday of Lord Howe. Lord Howe was a Patron of the UK Metric Association from its foundation, and campaigned in Parliament for over a decade for the completion of the UK’s … Continue reading → 0

The flip side of SI

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 21:50
Charlie P, a regular if occasionally critical contributor to MV, promised he would on his return from holiday give his thoughts on “the flip side of the SI as far as the average man in the street is concerned”. These … Continue reading → 0

New breakthrough for the kilogram

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:23
In this article about new scientific developments to redefine the kilogram and remove its link to a physical object, Ronnie Cohen writes about recent reports about a new scientific breakthrough in getting the most accurate estimate of Avogadro’s constant to … Continue reading → 0