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None of the above

May 5th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Politics

The local elections in Crawley saw an overwhelming landslide victory once again for the none-of-the-above party. I believe that where I was standing there was a turnout of something like 44%, but other places were much lower. In the past we have had turnouts getting close to 10% in some areas. Being involved in an […]

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Crawley election results

May 5th, 2007 · 9 Comments · Politics

No need to go into great detail here – all the details are on the council’s website but there are different ways of looking at them. As with all sets of results they can be interpreted several ways depending on how optimistic/pessimistic you are, how in touch with reality you are, what political persuasion you […]

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What I did in my holidays…

March 21st, 2007 · 2 Comments · Life

While this site was down I got quite wrapped up in a couple of things. One of them was this fiendish quiz which I found a link to on a blog somewhere. I can’t remember where, and I’m not sure if I should thank the person who highlighted it or curse them… It is an […]

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Small country

November 22nd, 2006 · Comments Off on Small country · Life

What I learned today: The population of Iceland is about the same as the population of Coventry – both are around the 304,000 level.

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American and British politicians

November 8th, 2006 · 4 Comments · Politics

With all the focus on US elections at the moment I was having a look at the political structures of the US on Wikipedia earlier and although I don’t understand their set-up over there any more than I did I now know a lot more about it, if that makes any sense, and it made […]

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Maths quiz

November 3rd, 2006 · 3 Comments · Life

Spot the fallacious maths in this story from the BBC website. Hint: it is in this paragraph: So what’s causing such a change in behaviour – with hit and runs doubling in less than a decade? In London in the 1990s, hit and runs were 8% of accidents, now they’re 16% – with 25% in […]

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Sussex Police Authority

October 12th, 2006 · 4 Comments · Life

Jayne and I went along to K2 for the six-monthly public meeting of the Sussex Police Authority. After the chaos and disorder of last week’s constituency meeting, where I believe I offered several people “outside” at one point, it was relaxing to go to a relatively calm meeting. Of course, the presence of 3 or […]

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Child poverty in Crawley

August 17th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Politics

The other day Antonia wrote about some statistics released by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, with particular emphasis (obviously) on how they apply to Oxford. Just as obviously I could not resist looking them up to see how the JRF think we are doing in Crawley. It is worth mentioning something first about how the figures […]

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Herceptin

May 31st, 2006 · 1 Comment · Life

There was an interesting article on the BBC website today about the use of statistics – a subject which has always interested me. It talks about shampoo and obesity figures, but ends up on the topic of Herceptin. I am not a scientist and I am not a doctor, but for a while I have […]

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How many web sites do you need?

February 10th, 2006 · Comments Off on How many web sites do you need? · Technology

Wikipedia has been in the news a lot recently, and the ‘fifth column‘ in the Guardian had another story today, this time about political staff changing the entries for their bosses. Two statistics in there really made me stop and think. I don’t know where they came from, or whether they are correct. If they […]

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