Category Archives: Myths

Waterloo 1815 – what if?

We speculate on the consequences if there had been a different outcome at the Battle of Waterloo. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Dying embers and a few flying sparks

The concluding article of this series looks at the ignominious end of the UK’s attempt, began fifty years ago, to make the transition to a single, simple and universal measurement system. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Are imperial units ‘British’?

Continuing with our series on myths, misinformation and fallacies, we look at the claim occasionally made by defenders of imperial units that they are British and that they should continue in use for this reason. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Santa’s weighty problem

“Oh my goodness!” exclaimed Mrs Claus, as midnight approached on Christmas Eve. “I swear you put on more weight each year! You do give those reindeer a really hard time, you know.” Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Salisbury points to a solution (and to a problem)

Metric Views’ attention has been drawn to a Victorian piece of legislation under which signs may be authorised. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Was the metre invented by the Ancient Egyptians 4500 years ago?

One of our readers, John Frewen-Lord, speculates that the metre may be the modern version of a measure that was familiar to the Pharaohs. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Imperial units and decimals. Not a winning combination.

The signing of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875 by 17 nations, including Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, the Ottoman Empire, Russia and the USA, sounded the death knell of the imperial measurement system. In this article, Ronnie Cohen looks at … Continue reading

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DfT guilty of making unfounded claims

Yesterday, the National Audit Office (NAO) criticised the UK Department for Transport (DfT) for its unfounded claims about the benefits of the proposed high speed rail project HS2. In this article, Ronnie Cohen identifies another unfounded claim by the DfT … Continue reading

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A statement from UKIP

UKIP’s recent electoral successes have resulted, quite rightly, in increased scrutiny of its policies. Here, we take a look at a recent statement by the Party’s Trade spokesman on the subject of measurement units. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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UK metric myths tumble during the Games

Metric Views revisits some of the myths around the metric system, and asks readers to suggest how many of these might have lost credibility as a result of the welcome given in the UK to the Olympic Games of 2012. … Continue reading

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