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Superstition

July 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on Superstition · Life

Last week somebody in Horsham bought a lottery ticket at Waitrose in Piries Place and won £2.3 million.  This week, if the papers are to be believed, business has been booming for the Waitrose lottery machine as people have been flocking to buy a ticket from the ‘lucky shop’.  Which part of “random” is it […]

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Alternative medicine success story?

February 20th, 2008 · 8 Comments · Technology

According to this story: (which refers to this earlier story) There is growing evidence that acupuncture can greatly increase a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant I am more than a bit sceptical about claims for medical treatment based on theories like “the body’s major organs use energy pathways to communicate and that malaise occurs whenever […]

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Lies, damned lies, and statistics

January 6th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Life

Only I couple of weeks ago I was pouring scorn on a set of meaningless statistics, and now there is another set which is not as bad but which says the opposite.

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Meaningless statistics

December 23rd, 2007 · 2 Comments · Life, Work

There was an eye-catching headline on the Argus website about how ‘Salaries in affluent Brighton are £3000 below average‘.  It also says that salaries in Crawley have dropped £6,000 in the year.  And its all rubbish.

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A happy Christmas for West Sussex councillors

December 23rd, 2007 · 4 Comments · Politics

Well, its going to be happy for some of them anyway, specifically the 18 of them who are getting way-above-inflation pay increases – backdated to April so they get a nice lump sum in their next pay. They will be spending Christmas with their snouts in the trough.

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Introspection

December 20th, 2007 · Comments Off on Introspection · Technology

One last (for now) bit of navel gazing about the new look and feel of this site and then its back to waffling about football, Dr. Who, music and the manifold shortcomings of the Tories. For a start, while I was not looking, the hit counter ticked past the momentous but arbitrary 100,000 hits mark.  […]

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Crawley drops down the table

November 19th, 2007 · Comments Off on Crawley drops down the table · Life

Last year Crawley could ‘boast’ the 3rd and 6th most violent streets in Sussex, but this year it can only manage the 11th and 20th most violent streets, while the most violent of the lot is… Terminus Rd in Eastbourne. All according to this story in the Argus. The league table is based on violent […]

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Tables

August 14th, 2007 · Comments Off on Tables · Life

It really is pointless having any league tables produced until everybody has played at least three or four games each. BUT It is OK now that West Ham are off the bottom thanks to Spurs losing another game. What happened to all their talk of finally breaking into the top four this year? Its early […]

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Worthing

May 11th, 2007 · Comments Off on Worthing · Politics

Thanks to Danivon for pointing out the Worthing Liberal Democrats website. I shouldn’t really be praising the opposition, but I quite like the Worthing Lib Dems – quite a few of them I have met only joined when Thatcher was in power and thought the Lib Dems were the most likely party to beat the […]

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Election results

May 11th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Politics, Technology

It was good of Danivon to make his comment comparing the BNP’s vote to last year because such information is hard to come by. Not being a political anorak I don’t have copies of old election results knocking around: I figure that if I really want them I can get them from the council’s website. […]

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