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‘Think metric’. A customary way to success

We look at the metric changeover in the UK construction industry, and some of the posters that were part of it. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Changing standards and definitions, including several best forgotten

After the controversy of recent weeks with bashed bridges, furlongs and novel signs, we turn to something deadly dull – the definitions of length, mass (or weight) and capacity (or volume) and their relationships. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Signs of the past in Southend-on-Sea

There has been an exchange of views on Facebook recently about alterations to signs in Southend-on-Sea carried out by “activists” over a decade ago. This has provided an opportunity for Metric Views to restate the legal position and to discuss … Continue reading

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Metric Malta

Malta is one of four EU countries which, within living memory, did not have metric as their primary system of measures. A recent holiday in Malta prompted a look at its transition to the metric system from traditional measures. 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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The white heat cools

We review the events that followed the announcement in May 1965 of a change of Government policy on the adoption of metric weights and measures. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Towards a metric Britain (in fits and starts)

We highlight some events during the UK’s prolonged transition to a single, simple, rational and universal measurement system, and look forward to an important anniversary later this month. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Inside the Commons

Have you been watching this series on BBC2 on Tuesdays at 9.00 pm? Three programmes have already been broadcast, with the final on due on 24 February. They show the workings of the House of Commons and there are a … Continue reading

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Has SI delivered?

The fuss about measurement units at the start of this century has overshadowed progress thirty years earlier in education, science and engineering. We look at the benefits that were predicted at the start of the transition to SI and ask … Continue reading

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Measurement units – a daily dilemma for the media

We take a look at a uniquely British problem faced by our media and in particular the BBC, namely which system of measurement units to use. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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