The British retreat on metrication from the early 1980’s, starting with the abolition of the Metrication Board, is a symptom of British exceptionalism. Ronnie Cohen looks at this issue, or should we say problem?Continue reading “Imperial dimensions of British exceptionalism”
Ronnie Cohen wonders if nostalgia for Britain’s imperial past is damaging its future.Continue reading “Stuck in an imperial past”
Defenders of the imperial system occasionally cite Americans’ continued use of non-metric measurements to justify Britain’s dual system. Ronnie Cohen is not convinced.Continue reading “Unfamiliar US weights and measures”
Ronnie Cohen looks at the tenuous link between the imperial foot and human feet.
Martin Vlietstra, one of our regular contributors, offers his thoughts on an early pronouncement by the newly-appointed Leader of the House of Commons.
We have come across two examples of hybrid measures, and speculate if these might help in those countries struggling with the transition from old to new measures.
The editor remembers this slogan from his time in the UK construction industry in the early 1970’s. Almost half a century later, Ronnie Cohen gives real-world examples of metric quantities that may help those who are not as familiar with metric units as they might wish.
A headline in The Independent caused us cause for concern, if only briefly.