Tag Archives: metric

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(44)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(40)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(42)Dislikes(44)

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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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Use of the kilometre in the UK

As noted in a comment on our last article, the BBC’s acclaimed new series Blue Planet 2 uses metric measures for smaller distances and depths but miles for greater ones. Ronnie Cohen takes this opportunity to look at instances when … Continue reading

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Autumn watched

UKMA has received a message from a viewer of BBC’s ‘Autumn Watch’. This article includes the message and the response. Likes(46)Dislikes(7)

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New Internationalist, a metric role model for the British media

Back after our summer break, Metric Views is happy to publicize a periodical that might have escaped our readers’ attention in recent years. Ronnie Cohen explains. Likes(34)Dislikes(9)

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Does metric-only labelling require changes to package sizes?

An argument made against metric-only labelling in the US is that manufacturers would need to change packaging to rational metric sizes. Ronnie Cohen looks at the UK’s experience over the past 50 years. Likes(31)Dislikes(0)

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MOTD writes metric but speaks imperial

At last, the General Election campaign is over. And now, as we wait for the results,  Ronnie Cohen looks at something completely different: Match of the Day. Or is it? Likes(29)Dislikes(0)

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New insights into DfT thinking in recent years

In this article, Ronnie Cohen passes on information he has recently received from the Department for Transport (DfT). Likes(25)Dislikes(0)

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