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 on their impact on our daily lives.
Posted in Consumer affairs, General, Technical
Tagged device, dual, dual-unit, instrument, jug, odometer, ruler, scale, single-unit, speedometer, tape, thermometer
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 (metric measures taken for granted) or perhaps even on an urban beach alongside the North Circular Road in North London.
Posted in Consumer affairs, Education, General, Health, Law, Sport
Tagged attraction, beach, boards, Brent Cross, centimetres, centre, decimetres, facilities, feet, funfair, height, inches, metres, personal, ride, rides, shopping, urban
This week, Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the long-forgotten 1972 White Paper on Metrication.
Posted in Consumer affairs, General, History, Myths
Tagged 1972, common market, EU, industry, metrication, myth, trade, White Paper
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.
Posted in Consumer affairs, General, Uncategorized
Tagged drink, drinks, imperial, litre, litres, long life, market, mess, metric, milk, muddle, pint, pints, rational, retail, supermarket, UHT
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.
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 metric transition. An outline of his work to bring to an end the mixture of, as he said, “two confused, competing systems” of measurement will be the subject of a future Metric Views article.
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 now appear below. They are of course not endorsed by the Editors of MV, but may provide food for thought.
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 date, which can help to redefine the kilogram. These reports have been published in the last few weeks and you can find a list of sources at the bottom of this article.
Posted in Consumer affairs, General, History, Science, Technical
Tagged atoms, Avogadro, Avogadro's, Big K, breakthrough, calibrate, calibration, compare, comparison, constant, copies, copy, crystals, cylinder, identical, iridium, kilogram, Le Grande K, Le Grande Kilo, mass, microgram, micrograms, mole, molecules, number, object, physical, platinum, precise, precision, research, Sevres, silicon, sphere, substance, weight
The summer holidays are in full swing, so John Frewen-Lord provides us with some light reading for a lazy day, plus a reminder that it is back to school in a month. Now where are my sun glasses?