How many people can visualise a kilometre (or a mile for that matter)? asks Martin Vlietstra.
This plaintive question is posed by an inquirer who lives in south London.
Continue reading “Where can I buy metric-only scales?”
Of all the traditions that are kept alive today the acre for land measurement has to be one of the daftest.
(Article by Phil Hall) Continue reading “Crazy acres”
The National Blood Service are understandably concerned that not enough people are coming forward to donate blood. There are, no doubt, a variety of reasons why people are inhibitied from doing so, e.g. can’t spare the time, nervousness about the procedure etc.
I wonder though whether the information about the amount of blood taken at each session may be a factor.
(Article by Phil Hall)
Britain’s department for trade and industry (DTI) has recently published a letter advocating continued derogation on using supplementary indications.
[Article by Roddy Urquhart]
I recently received the following enquiry expressing concern about imperial conversions in school.
“My daughter brought home some homework last week which included learning some constants – e.g. 1kg = 1000g. Included in the list was 1kg = 2.2lb and 1 mile = 1.6km. I think it’s out of order for a school to be spending time on metric/imperial conversions. Imperial is dead and the school should help to bury it. Do I have a point, and should I talk to the teacher?”
[article by Phil Hall]
If we could use one unit for distance, height, width, length etc on our roads?
Welcome to ‘Metric Views’, a UK Metric Association website. This website aims to provide information and comment about the UK’s transition to the global metric system of measurement, and to show why the UK should complete the changeover as quickly as possible.