Tag Archives: metric

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. Likes(10)Dislikes(3)

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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 … Continue reading

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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. Likes(31)Dislikes(4)

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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(30)Dislikes(5)

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Olympics – metric in Winter too

The Department for Transport has always maintained that the measurement system used on road traffic signs can be considered in isolation from the UK, European and global economies. The Winter Olympics in Korea, now drawing to a close, provide us … Continue reading

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A wrong turning that led British Leyland to a dead end

We reprint an article that was first published ten years ago and illustrates the risks of using a mix of metric and Imperial measures. Likes(29)Dislikes(34)

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Metric in Myanmar – an update

In this article, we put together some reports regarding measurements used in Myanmar, which is often said, misleadingly, to be one of the three “non-metric” countries in the world. Likes(37)Dislikes(36)

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Then and now

We take a look at a film from 1973 made with the aim introducing the metric system to the general public. Likes(36)Dislikes(47)

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Acres made easy

We look ahead to the 400th anniversary of an innovation that simplified the measurement of land area, initially in England and later in the UK, by introducing decimals. Likes(32)Dislikes(44)

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Diaries, and a glimpse into the past

Many of us have probably bought a diary for 2018 recently. Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the conversion tables found at the front of many sold in the UK. Likes(34)Dislikes(44)

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