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A Head in the Polls

You can’t go anywhere at the minute without hearing about polls, so I thought I’d write a few words on how these figures are calculated, and why some polling companies tend to give different results to others. I hope for … Continue reading

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Psalm 126

A Song of Ascents.  When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,     we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter,     and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations,     “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has … Continue reading

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The Chicken’s Guide to UK Newspapers

Sometimes negotiating the positions of UK Newspapers on important issues can be a bit of a minefield. This handy guide will tell you everything you need to know thanks to the timeless medium of the “Chicken crossing the road” joke. … Continue reading

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Eulogy to Granny G

The road to Grandma’s house is paved with hugs and cookies. We went to the states in 1999 and brought Granny back a cushion with the above written on it. I can think of no better way to describe my … Continue reading

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Salmond: Santa Claus will still visit independent Scotland

By our Christmas correspondent, Beth Lehem: A new twist in the independence debate happened today as the First Minister revealed that he’d received a letter from Lucy aged 7 from Morningside asking if Santa Claus would still visit an independent … Continue reading

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Eleven Plus

Until a few years ago, for 10 and 11-year olds in Northern Ireland (and, I believe, in some parts of England), this time of year was not a fun time, because it meant the dreaded 11 plus exams were on … Continue reading

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Diagnosis: Mathematics

How accurate can we be when making a medical diagnosis? This BBC article (actually about a famous problem known as the Monty Hall problem which is also very interesting) quotes something called Simpson’s paradox. In fact, it’s actually a slightly different … Continue reading

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