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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2015-01-23T00:06:31Z
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Measurement muddle – a customary feature of Britain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minor success for UKMA – imperial-only height and width signs to be discontinued

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 16:10
The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a tiny but significant piece of progress on the long road to completing metrication in the UK. On Saturday 8 November the DfT published its response to the consultation on revisions to the … Continue reading → 32

Devolve Weights and Measures – says pro-metric group

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 14:12
Weights and Measures and related matters (such as road signs) should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament – according to the UK Metric Association. In a submission to the Smith Commission (on further devolution to Scotland), the UK Metric Association … Continue reading → 1

Government rejects bid to clarify law on product description and advertising

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:22
A Government Minister has thwarted an attempt by Lord Taverne to bring product description and advertising into line with the rules for package labelling and sales of loose goods from bulk. The Consumer Rights Bill is currently being considered line … Continue reading → 0

Maybe they were moonlighting …

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:12
In contrast to his last article, John Frewen-Lord takes a look this week at some of the activities of seven famous people who later had SI units of measurement named after them. It is well known that many measurement units … Continue reading → 0