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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2014-04-19T08:12:05Z
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‘Area 1520′ – not about aliens or UFOs

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 23:55
With Easter approaching, thoughts turn to the holiday. One of our frequent contributors, John Frewen-Lord, has written an article about travel, or rather about a means of travel, which may help to get us in the mood, and which, moreover, … Continue reading → 0

Whither the National Curriculum?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:11
We take a look at some recent information about the National Curriculum as it relates to measures and measurement. The influence of education on the successes and failures of the UK’s metric transition has been a frequent topic of discussion … Continue reading → 0

Are imperial units ‘British’?

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:25
Continuing with our series on myths, misinformation and fallacies, we look at the claim occasionally made by defenders of imperial units that they are British and that they should continue in use for this reason. Here we look at the … Continue reading → 0

An old habit dies hard

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 10:07
One of our regular contributors, John Frewen-Lord, observes that the beauty and value of the built-in simplicity and coherence of the metric system is not being learned by the UK population despite forty years of teaching. He writes: “This is … Continue reading → 0

Metrication in Myanmar

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:22
We are pleased to draw our readers’ attention to a recent article on conversion plans in Myanmar. During the Second World War Myanmar aka Burma was occupied by the Japanese, first fighting with them against its former colonial administrators, and … Continue reading → 0

All too often, mystified when we measure

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 00:34
John Frewen-Lord recalls several recent examples of difficulties with measurement and asks if common measuring devices actually inhibit using the metric system. It is said that constant exposure to the metric system (and its associated measuring devices) will gradually make … Continue reading → 1

Government decision contradicts road safety initiatives

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 00:04
The Government has been accused of failing to implement the strategies necessary to achieve goals agreed as part of two major international road safety initiatives. Furthermore, its decision on width and height restriction sign regulations, made shortly after taking office … Continue reading → 0

Should we forget fractions and only use decimal?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 22:49
I am motivated to write this article because, in the past, I have come across supporters of metrication, some of whom with teaching experience, who say that only decimals should be taught rather than both fractions and decimals in elementary … Continue reading → 0

Imperial left-overs in Australia

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 00:20
Although Australia is predominantly metric, there are still some pockets of imperial usage.  Ronnie C recently visited that country and has written this account of what he found. I was on holiday in Australia in December 2013. While I was … Continue reading → 1

Survey exposes the failure of measurement policy in the UK

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 00:04
The UK Metric Association has issued the following press release: … news release … news release … news release … news release … news release… Embargoed until 01:00 on Friday, 24 January 2014 Government policy on metrication has failed – … Continue reading → 0

The IET – how does it measure up?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:03
We return to one of our favourite topics – the link between numeracy, units of measurement and British engineering success. Some months ago, our attention was drawn to a news story about the UK recovery being constrained by a lack … Continue reading → 0

The pint problem: A new way forward

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 10:59
The obligatory use of pints and prescribed fractions thereof for draught beer and cider alongside the absence of restrictions when sold in cans and bottles creates anomalies and confusion. What can be done to remove these anomalies without creating new … Continue reading → 0

Launch of the decimal euro

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 00:42
Fifteen years ago, on 1 January 1999, the euro was introduced as an accounting currency. Notes and coins were introduced three years later. Whilst there are arguments for and against the euro, and UKMA takes no position on this issue, no one … Continue reading → 0

New Year’s Day, and Britain late for the celebration

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 22:54
Those who are frustrated by the UK’s apparent reluctance to fully adopt the international system of measurement won’t be surprised to learn that this echoes events of 260 years ago, when Britain became one of the last countries in Western … Continue reading → 3