With St Patrick’s day almost upon us, I thought it would be the perfect time to take a look at the traditional Gaelic units of measure that were once commonly used in Ireland.
The Gleaner reports that “most Jamaicans continue to think and operate in pounds and gallons”. Is it necessary for this to change? Is fully switching to metric really the right thing?
This post describes the origins of the names of the months in the English, Irish, Scot’s Gaelic, Manx and Welsh languages.
A discussion on customary measures was aired on BBC Radio 4 recently with maths writer Rob Eastway.
In this post, I will look at some examples of traditional units that are still in use today across eastern parts of Asia, such as China, Korea, Japan and Myanmar.
This post details the history & origins of traditional units of volume used by beer & ale breweries, such as the firkin, kilderkin, barrel & hogshead.
What are the pros and cons of Fahrenheit and Celsius? Which scale is better? Should the USA switch to Celsius?
Imperial or “English” units are deeply rooted in British history and culture. With that being said, can these units also be just as much Irish, American or Canadian, given the long history of using them?
Are decimals better than fractions or the other way around? This post takes a look a what a decimlised version of customary units would look like.
I am a measured half breed of imperial And metric, from a childhood in Teesside, A fat and greasy adolescence Stateside, And going on a decade camped in Brussels
We use it to weigh ourselves, we used to use it for trade and the Americans took a pass on it. This is the story of the stone, where it comes from and the history behind it.
Do pints, miles & pounds still have a place in Ireland today? This post looks at where will still use them & if we should keep them.
Ever look at a digital clock that says “21:00” and convert it in your head to “9 o’clock”? This post looks at the pros & cons of 12 & 24 hour time.
This post looks at the use of traditional units in recipes, the pros and cons of using them and the use of cup measures. Includes comments from experts in the area!
This post looks at cup and spoon measures, if we should use them, and if so, where it can be beneficial to use them, like in recipes and food portions.
In this post I look at the humble mile, making the case for keeping it, and explore ways we can modernise it.
In this post, I look at redefining traditional units like pints, stones and pounds, to help make it easier to hang onto them!
I was recently on Radio Kerry to discuss our use of tradional/imperial units. You can listen to the interview here.
This post looks at the uniquely Irish ‘naggin’, which is a term for a small hip flask sized bottle of spirits
This post looks at the pros and cons of the metric system. While it does have its obvious benefits, it also has its downsides; all of which is discussed here.
Most people today did not learn imperial units in school. So with that in mind, it’s time for a lesson on the most common units used in the imperial system. I will go through the history of these units and some of the other units in a future post, but for now I’m keeping it simple! So sit up straight, take out that chewing gum, and pay attention!
In this post, I’ll make the case for keeping traditional units. Not for everything, but for everyday uses such as in the greengrocer, the butcher, the pub, on the road and so on.
In this post, I’ll be looking at our current relationship with traditional units, and where you might find them currently being used.
On a recent trip to the US I noticed that I quite liked using miles while driving and started to ponder our use of imperial units and our conversion to metric. This is my origin story!