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 kilometres are preferred to miles.
UKMA has received a message from a viewer of BBC’s ‘Autumn Watch’. This article includes the message and the response.
Posted in Education, General, Media, Myths, Science
Tagged Autumn Watch, BBC, EU, imperial measures, measurement units, metric, units, USA
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with many arguments in support of successive Transport Ministers’ reluctance to convert UK road traffic signs from an outdated and poorly understood system of measurement to one that is simple, logical and almost universal. Ronnie Cohen puts forward counter arguments.
Posted in Road signs, Transport
Tagged answers, claims, DfT, enquiries, facts, myths, queries, reality, replies, responses
This week, Ronnie Cohen takes issue with an example of American exceptionalism.
Back 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.
Ronnie Cohen draws some conclusions from a recent Freedom of Information (FoI) request that he made to the UK Department for Transport (DfT).
Posted in History, Road signs, Transport
Tagged benefits, conversion, costs, Department for Transport, DfT, estimated, Ireland, metric road signs, metrication, programme, report, Road signs, road traffic signs, Spain
Ronnie Cohen takes a look at some of the ways in which British drivers are exposed to metric measures. Metric Views would be interested hear of readers’ experiences, though it is not possible, unfortunately, to post photos with your comments.
We are familiar with size numbers for shoes, hats, dresses and so on. Ronnie Cohen looks at the convention for screen sizes based on inches and asks if this really makes sense.
Posted in Consumer affairs, General, Media
Tagged Apple, article, centimetres, inches, laptop, Microsoft, screen, size, size number
An argument made against metric-only labelling in the US is that manufacturers would need to change packaging to rational metric sizes. Ronnie Cohen looks at the UK’s experience over the past 50 years.
Posted in Consumer affairs, Education, General, Myths
Tagged conversion, hard, labelling, labels, metric, metric-only, metrication, myths, package, products, rational, sizes, soft, supplementary indications, US