Monthly Archives: February 2013

Labels are for bottles, not people

Is telling us we’re “binge drinkers” the best way to tackle damaging drinking? According to research by University College London, published today in The European Journal of Public Health (and reported in The Independent),  we’re “a nation of secret boozers” and we’re … Continue reading

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St Leonard’s-on-Sea in East Sussex was laid out as a new town in the 19th Century Perhaps ‘genteel housing development’ better describes architect James Burton’s original plans for St Leonard’s.  Today, what’s left of Burton’s scheme has been absorbed into … Continue reading

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Another go at new towns

Are new towns proof that the road to hell is paved with good intentions? I’ve always been fascinated by new towns. New towns are about making new starts. They give us a chance to begin again, and do things better … Continue reading

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Opening windows into men’s souls

Telepathy could one day become a reality: is that something to celebrate? Today’s Times (£) reports from the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where a Professor Miguel Nicolelsis of Duke University claims to have … Continue reading

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Fear of flying

2012 was the safest year to fly since the start of the jet age Last year only 475 people died in air crashes, while around 3 billion flights were made.  According to an M.I.T. statistician, quoted in Monday’s New York … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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Who’s forging the faulty links in our food chain?

Eating horse meat is a question of taste.  What’s disturbing is what the horse meat scandal tells us about the integrity of the food chain This morning’s Farming Today on Radio 4 reports on a criminal conspiracy to forge horse … Continue reading

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