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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2017-11-12T11:48:53Z
Updated: 2 hours 53 min ago

Use of the kilometre in the UK

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

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

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with many arguments in support of successive Transport Ministers’ reluctance to convert UK road traffic signs from an outdated and poorly understood system of measurement to one that is simple, logical and … Continue reading → 0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

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

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

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

DfT has done no cost-benefit analysis on metrication of road signs

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 22:25
Ronnie Cohen draws some conclusions from a recent Freedom of Information (FoI) request that he made to the UK Department for Transport (DfT). On 19 February 2017, I made the following FOI request to the DfT: “I would like to … Continue reading → 0