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.

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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.

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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.

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A lesson from Sweden

We do not suggest that the UK should switch from driving on the left to driving on the right, but we ask if there are lessons from Sweden’s switch in 1967 that might be applied to the oft-postponed changeover of UK’s road traffic signs to metric.

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It’s a boy

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child.

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Minutes, TfL and ‘Legible London’

Visitors to the capital may have been surprised by the use of “minutes” to measure distance on many pedestrian signs. Metric Views has now come across correspondence between Ronnie Cohen and Transport for London (TfL) that provides the explanation.

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Metric vs Imperial. Which?

We comment on a letter and the reply recently published in Which?, the magazine of the Consumers Association.

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The Curiosity rover makes a curious discovery

We take a look at a little-reported discovery made by NASA’s rover during its 2000 days on Mars.

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Deficits, the global measurement system and global trade

In this article, Ronnie Cohen looks at the deficits of some major economies and asks if  apparent reluctance to use the global measurement system is a symptom of a wider problem – adapting to a changed world.

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A storm in a champagne glass

We look into the recent story that appeared on BBC TV about the possibility of champagne becoming available again in the UK in pint bottles.

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