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DfT expects drivers to be familiar with metres and that’s official

Ronnie Cohen reports on his recent correspondence with the UK Department for Transport (DfT). Likes(4)Dislikes(0)

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MOTD writes metric but speaks imperial

At last, the General Election campaign is over. And now, as we wait for the results,  Ronnie Cohen looks at something completely different: Match of the Day. Or is it? Likes(4)Dislikes(0)

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Pint-sized beer and cider in British shops

Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the beer and cider on sale in his local shops and supermarket. Likes(3)Dislikes(0)

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New insights into DfT thinking in recent years

In this article, Ronnie Cohen passes on information he has recently received from the Department for Transport (DfT). Likes(9)Dislikes(0)

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Strange ideas about budgets at the DfT

Ronnie Cohen comments on the way the UK Department for Transport (DfT) struggles to maintain a consistent approach to spending. Likes(7)Dislikes(2)

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Positions of main parties and politicians on metrication

At the beginning of the General Election campaign, Ronnie Cohen looks at the current stance of the main political parties and the position taken in the past by some of their MPs. Likes(8)Dislikes(2)

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Odd and inconsistent product descriptions

We highlight an oddity in Waitrose product description and pricing, recently picked up in an article on msn. And no, this is not a belated April fool story. Likes(6)Dislikes(16)

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Global Britain or Imperial isolation?

On 29 March, Sir Tim Barrow, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union, handed a signed six-page letter from the British Prime Minister to the President of the European Council, invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and … Continue reading

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Costs of supporting dual measures

Ronnie Cohen provides us with an example from his work of the additional costs that businesses face as a result of having to provide for dual measures. Imagine how much better off we might be if all such costs in the UK economy … Continue reading

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Pricing, profits and customer confusion

Inevitably, the referendum result has led to calls for a return to some of the measurements that Britannia used when she ruled the waves. Ronnie Cohen suggests an underlying reason. Likes(16)Dislikes(4)

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