Tag Archives: measurement units

Think metric – don’t convert

The editor remembers this slogan from his time in the UK construction industry in the early 1970’s. Almost half a century later, Ronnie Cohen gives real-world examples of metric quantities that may help those who are not as familiar with … Continue reading

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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. Likes(14)Dislikes(0)

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Imperial echoes in GBBO

A headline in The Independent caused us cause for concern, if only briefly. Likes(9)Dislikes(7)

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Two kinds of country?

We return after a break with a short article from one of our supporters about a recent film release Likes(13)Dislikes(2)

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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. Likes(14)Dislikes(9)

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Liberia joins the club

We comment on reports that Liberia intends to adopt the metric system. Likes(16)Dislikes(0)

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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. Likes(31)Dislikes(1)

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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. Likes(42)Dislikes(2)

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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. Likes(43)Dislikes(5)

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Alpine DIY and the generation gap

Happy New Year to all our readers. In this article, the Editor explains the reason for the absence of new posts on MV in recent weeks. This leads to a discussion of a issue that few of us, perhaps, have … Continue reading

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