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Lack of co-ordination between DfT publications

Metric Views - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 15:47
This week, Ronnie Cohen looks at a problem faced by the UK Department of Transport (DfT) resulting from the our two-system measurement muddle. With continuing staffing cuts in Civil Service and the diversion of effort to deal with Brexit, it … Continue reading → 0

Use of the kilometre in the UK

Metric Views - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 17:31
As noted in a comment on our last article, the BBC’s acclaimed new series Blue Planet 2 uses metric measures for smaller distances and depths but miles for greater ones. Ronnie Cohen takes this opportunity to look at instances when … Continue reading → 0

Autumn watched

Metric Views - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:03
UKMA has received a message from a viewer of BBC’s ‘Autumn Watch’. This article includes the message and the response. This is the message recently left on UKMA’s web site: Hello, I started watching my most beloved Autumn Watch last … Continue reading → 0

DfT myths and reality

Metric Views - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 15:27
Over the years, the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has come up with many arguments in support of successive Transport Ministers’ reluctance to convert UK road traffic signs from an outdated and poorly understood system of measurement to one that is simple, logical and … Continue reading → 0

A case of dumbing down on measures for US audience

Metric Views - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 15:34
Amid the reports last year about the failure of consumer tests for the Galaxy S7 Active phone, one notable difference between the official use of the International Protection (a.k.a Ingress Protection) marks and the consumer reviews on an American website … Continue reading → 0

Problems with US spelling variants for writing metric

Metric Views - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 00:21
This week, Ronnie Cohen takes issue with an example of American exceptionalism. Most metric prefixes and units are spelled the same way throughout the English-speaking world. However, there are a few notable exceptions where the Americans use different spellings from … Continue reading → 0

New Internationalist, a metric role model for the British media

Metric Views - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 17:16
After our summer break, Metric Views is happy to publicize a periodical that might have escaped our readers’ attention in recent years. Ronnie Cohen explains. The New Internationalist is an independent, non-profit British magazine that certainly lives up to its name. In the edition … Continue reading → 0
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