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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2018-01-13T12:00:33Z
Updated: 17 hours 3 min ago

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

Lack of co-ordination between DfT publications

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 15:47
This week, Ronnie Cohen looks at a problem faced by the UK Department of Transport (DfT) resulting from the our two-system measurement muddle. With continuing staffing cuts in Civil Service and the diversion of effort to deal with Brexit, it … Continue reading → 0

Use of the kilometre in the UK

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 17:31
As noted in a comment on our last article, the BBC’s acclaimed new series Blue Planet 2 uses metric measures for smaller distances and depths but miles for greater ones. Ronnie Cohen takes this opportunity to look at instances when … Continue reading → 0

Autumn watched

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:03
UKMA has received a message from a viewer of BBC’s ‘Autumn Watch’. This article includes the message and the response. This is the message recently left on UKMA’s web site: Hello, I started watching my most beloved Autumn Watch last … Continue reading → 0

DfT myths and reality

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 15:27
Over the years, the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has come up with many arguments in support of successive Transport Ministers’ reluctance to convert UK road traffic signs from an outdated and poorly understood system of measurement to one that is simple, logical and … Continue reading → 0

A case of dumbing down on measures for US audience

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 15:34
Amid the reports last year about the failure of consumer tests for the Galaxy S7 Active phone, one notable difference between the official use of the International Protection (a.k.a Ingress Protection) marks and the consumer reviews on an American website … Continue reading → 0