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Imperial in 2015

Metric Views - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:24
It is almost 50 years since the announcement in Parliament that the UK would be ‘going metric’, and 15 years since significant progress last occurred. Although most Imperial units have passed into history, a few have survived in common use. … Continue reading → 0

Inside the Commons

Metric Views - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 00:26
Have you been watching this series on BBC2 on Tuesdays at 9.00 pm? Two programmes have already been broadcast, with one to go. They show the workings of the House of Commons and there are a few surprises, or perhaps … Continue reading → 0

Decimal currency, metric measures and the vanished link

Metric Views - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:13
For over a century, the introduction of metric measures in the UK was linked to that of decimal currency. But then, after we had said farewell to £sd in 1971, the situation changed. We follow the story and draw an … Continue reading → 1

Has SI delivered?

Metric Views - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 00:20
The fuss about measurement units at the start of this century has overshadowed progress thirty years earlier in education, science and engineering. We look at the benefits that were predicted at the start of the transition to SI and ask … Continue reading → 0

Measurement muddle – a customary feature of Britain

Metric Views - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:06
Ronnie Cohen looks at the measurement muddle in the British Isles during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As our nearest neighbours on the Continent might say, ‘Plus ca change, toujours la meme chose’. Imperial units such as the acre, stone, … Continue reading → 0

Measurement units – a daily dilemma for the media

Metric Views - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 00:07
We take a look at a uniquely British problem faced by our media and in particular the BBC, namely which system of measurement units to use. On 23 December 2014, this headline and story appeared in the London Evening Standard: … Continue reading → 0

Vietnam and Cambodia – metric measures taken for granted

Metric Views - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:50
John Frewen-Lord follows his article reflecting on his visit to Hong-Kong with another about two of the countries that once formed French Indo-China. I recently spent a total of 18 days on an extensive tour of these two countries. In … Continue reading → 1

Three notable anniversaries in 2015

Metric Views - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 15:59
Metric Views will be celebrating several anniversaries in 2015. In this, our first post of the New Year, we provide some pointers. 50 years ago – the UK takes a significant step forward. On 24 May 1965, the Government Minister … Continue reading → 0

Hong Kong – Imperial no more

Metric Views - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 22:24
Followers of Metric Views may have noticed that one of our regular contributors, John Frewen-Lord, has just returned from a visit to the far east. In this post, he passes on some observations relating one of the countries he visited. … Continue reading → 0

Government to clarify law on metric units in advertising

Metric Views - Sun, 11/30/2014 - 12:38
A Government Minister has promised to advise industry bodies that the law requires the use of metric units in all product description and advertising. In what could be a significant step in the progress toward completing metrication in the UK, … Continue reading → 2

Traffic signs and speed limits to be devolved to Scotland

Metric Views - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 10:17
The Smith Commission on further devolution to Scotland has recommended that speed limits and traffic signs should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. On 26 November the Commission on further devolution to Scotland (known as the “Smith Commission” after its … Continue reading → 0
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