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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2018-03-10T12:12:06Z
Updated: 16 hours 32 min ago

A storm in a champagne glass

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 01:12
We look into the recent story that appeared on BBC TV about the possibility of champagne becoming available again in the UK in pint bottles. The news item can be viewed here: It is difficult to see what the … Continue reading → 0

The DfT’s duplicated reports

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 01:06
When Ronnie Cohen was researching the use of miles and kilometres for other articles, he came across several instances of metric and imperial versions of the same report produced by the DfT. In this article he gives details. The UK … Continue reading → 0

Winter Olympics – metric too

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:15
The Department for Transport has always maintained that the measurement system used on road traffic signs can be considered in isolation from the UK and global economies. The Winter Olympics in Korea, now drawing to a close, provide us with … Continue reading → 0

A wrong turning by British Leyland that led to a dead end

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:00
We reprint an article that was first published ten years ago and illustrates the risks of using a mix of metric and Imperial measures. In a recent comment, Charlie P asks: “…. Which areas of UK business, commerce, education, engineering, … Continue reading → 0

Metric in Myanmar – an update

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:01
In this article, we put together some reports regarding measurements used in Myanmar, which is often said, misleadingly, to be one of the three “non-metric” countries in the world. There is a common misconception that three countries around the world … Continue reading → 0

Then and now

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 15:39
We take a look at a film from 1973 made with the aim introducing the metric system to the general public. One of our regular readers has drawn our attention to a 15 minute film entitled “Simply Metric”, produced in … Continue reading → 0

Acres made easy

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 15:45
We look ahead to the 400th anniversary of an innovation that simplified the measure of land area, initially in England and later in the UK, by introducing decimals. Today, when we measure land area, the calculation is straightforward. Consider a … Continue reading → 0

Diaries, and a glimpse into the past

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 23:11
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. If you look inside the pages of a typical diary, … Continue reading → 0

Alpine DIY and the generation gap

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 14:21
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 → 1