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
With Brexit still dominating the news, Ronnie Cohen looks at one of the biggest obstacles to completing our transition to the metric system: its perceived link to the European Union.
Posted in Consumer affairs, General, History, Law, Media, Myths
Tagged 1862, 1895, 1965, 1992, anti-EU, anti-metric, Britain, common market, decimalisation, EEC, EU, European Coal and Steel Community, European Union, europhobe, eurosceptic, euroscepticism, imperial, metric system, metrication, Metrication Programme, Select Committee, Single Market, standardisation, standards, transition, UK, weights and measures
In response to one of his enquiries, the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has provided Ronnie Cohen with an account of recent progress on the introduction of metric signs on UK roads.
Ronnie Cohen reports on his recent correspondence with the UK Department for Transport (DfT).