Author Archives: Ramsden

2017 Laws of Cricket (or how not to specify quantities)

With the cricket season in full swing, Martin Vlietstra highlights some aspects of the laws of the game. Martin is on the active panel of qualified cricket umpires, and also comments frequently on articles posted on Metric Views. Likes(12)Dislikes(17)

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Mixed messages from Farnborough

We speculate on the implications of two announcements today from the Farnborough Air Show. Likes(14)Dislikes(18)

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Energy units – muddle in the making?

It was decided early in the 1990s that the unit for pricing of domestic gas should change from the therm to the kilowatt hour, which is a metric unit but not SI. We ask if this made ‘metric sense’. Likes(20)Dislikes(1)

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Metric Underground

We note the latest contract for the renewal of London Transport’s Underground fleet. Likes(14)Dislikes(2)

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Remembering a tenacious campaigner

It is with sadness we report that Anne Attlee, leader of the Metric Sense Campaign for almost forty years, passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on 31 May 2018. Likes(17)Dislikes(0)

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Liberia joins the club

We comment on reports that Liberia intends to adopt the metric system. Likes(16)Dislikes(0)

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Carry on muddling

In these uncertain times, politicians are often keen to point out areas where Britain leads the world. We have a suggestion: creating a measurement muddle. Examples follow. Likes(24)Dislikes(0)

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Ignorance is bliss, or perhaps not

One of our regular contributors, Jake, has drawn our attention to a story that recently appeared on the BBC web site. Likes(24)Dislikes(6)

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cm versus mm

As the UK’s metric changeover drags on with no end in sight, we consider if the advantages of encouraging widespread use of the centimetre outweigh the risks. Likes(23)Dislikes(3)

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An Imperial Royal baby

Our post on 23 April reported briefly on that day’s addition to the Royal family. John Frewen-Lord, one of our regular contributors, now discusses some related issues. Likes(31)Dislikes(1)

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