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300 million gallons and other dam(n) measurement units

In 2019, readers could be forgiven for having no idea what 300 million gallons of water looks like. Continue reading

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Metric reminders for your holiday

As we approach the summer holiday season, Ronnie Cohen looks at the familiar metric units that we are likely to encounter wherever we go on holiday. And, yes, that includes the USA, although its exceptionalism is likely to provide us with a few problems. … Continue reading

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Measuring tapes – choice for some

In the unlikely event of Donald Trump deciding to buy a measuring tape while he is in Britain, he will find a wide choice of a type that is popular in the US. Indeed, he may have difficulty finding any other. … Continue reading

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Hybrids, old and new

We have come across two examples of hybrid measures, and speculate if these might help in those countries struggling with the transition from old to new measures. Likes(30)Dislikes(4)

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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(31)Dislikes(0)

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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. Likes(23)Dislikes(0)

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Imperial echoes in GBBO

A headline in The Independent caused us cause for concern, if only briefly. Likes(24)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(26)Dislikes(2)

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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. Likes(27)Dislikes(8)

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