Tag Archives: muddle

Two-metre social distancing is well understood

We are now several weeks into the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). Ronnie Cohen, one of our frequent contributors, looks at a particular aspect of government advice – social distancing. Likes(14)Dislikes(0)

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No surprises in YouGov survey

In 2013, the UK Metric Association (UKMA) commissioned YouGov to conduct a survey into the UK’s measurement muddle. The results were reported on Metric Views at that time. We now look at a follow-up survey carried out two years later. … Continue reading

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1819 – a massacre and a missed opportunity

This article looks at the first report of the Commissioners appointed early in the nineteenth century to consider weights and measures. It gives examples of the reasons why the Commission was appointed, comments on some of its recommendations, and then speculates on an alternative … Continue reading

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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(56)Dislikes(47)

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Cash coshed

In recent weeks, several pro-Brexit newspapers and politicians have raised issues related to the UK’s measurement mess, so we are allowing a Remainer to counter their arguments. Likes(10)Dislikes(0)

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Brexit – where next?

Our series of articles on Brexit concludes with speculation on the future for the UK and its measurement muddle. Likes(7)Dislikes(0)

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Measurement units and the European Economic Community

In the third of our series of articles we look at EU involvement in the UK’s prolonged metric conversion. Likes(5)Dislikes(0)

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How the UK created a measurement muddle

The series of four articles on the outcome of the EU referendum continues with a look at how the current measurement muddle came about. Likes(6)Dislikes(0)

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The battle for measurement supremacy

In December 2015, television weather forecasters expressed our record rainfall in millimetres while the national newspapers stubbornly stuck to inches. Apparently, the use two different measurement systems for the same phenomenon is alive and well in the UK. Ronnie Cohen … Continue reading

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Milk in a muddle

Recent reports of the difficulties facing Britain’s milk producers have prompted Ronnie Cohen to look into the muddle sorrounding retail packaging and pricing of all types of milk. Likes(3)Dislikes(4)

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