Is perfect the enemy of good?

Recent experience in France and Greece and a comment last week by Charlie P on this site has prompted us to ask if it would be better if supporters of metric measures were less pedantic.

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The new £50 note

It was announced today that the new polymer £50 note will celebrate the UK’s achievements in science, and will feature a prominent British scientist. Nominations from the public are invited.

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Imperial echoes in GBBO

A headline in The Independent caused us cause for concern, if only briefly.

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Two kinds of country?

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Read it before?

Ronnie Cohen, one of our regular contributors, compliments the UK Department for Transport (DfT) on its policy for dealing with enquiries relating to the oft-postponed metric changeover.

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43 years late

One of the editors of Metric Views has been reading a book entitled “Eleven minutes late” by Matthew Engel. The book is subtitled “A train journey into the soul of Britain”, and may provide a clue to why the UK is taking so long to adopt fully a modern measurement system.

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Style guide revisited

The Measurements units style guide, published by UKMA in 2012, is now available on line with an index. In this article, we outline the purpose of the Guide and note recent enhancements.

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Vehicle fuel consumption – another muddle

We look at vehicle fuel and energy consumption, and put some questions to owners of hybrid cars.

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London speed limits make front page news

Ronnie Cohen, one of our regular contributors, wonders why it  will be easy to find the cash to reduce speed limits in London but has been impossible to convert them to metric.

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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.
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