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by Bruff
06 Mar 2012, 13:53
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Lies, damned lies and statistics
Replies: 188
Views: 30510

Re: Lies, damned lies and statistics

I will no more use self-service checkouts than go and 'pick my own' from a fruit farm. I am not in the business of providing my labour free to commercial enterprises. Ben Goldacre's book 'Bad Science' is indispensible as a guide to the misuse of statistics (and evidence more generally), particularly...
by Bruff
29 Feb 2012, 11:08
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: QUOTE OF THE DAY. TRIPPS ORIGINAL
Replies: 1184
Views: 91276

Re: QUOTE OF THE DAY. TRIPPS ORIGINAL

'Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgement' - Dorothy Parker, on what she would have on her headstone. 'I like to have a Martini, two at the very most. Three I'm under the table, four I'm under the host' - Dorothy Parker 'I require only three things of a man. He must be ...
by Bruff
29 Feb 2012, 10:05
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING
Replies: 1251
Views: 93101

Re: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING

Decent 'Horizon' programme last week on fusion research presented by the ubiquitous Prof Cox. As usual, a crystal clear explanation of the underlying theory from the Professor, and a romp around the various laboratories across the globe working on practical application, including our own facility at...
by Bruff
27 Feb 2012, 09:25
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!
Replies: 1991
Views: 148305

Re: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!

I thought 'finance' was an interconnected system. Is it really the case that hedge funds, merchant banks, investment banks, insurance, Yorkshire Bank, Barnoldswick, are unconnected separate business enities? That, whatever goes on in a hedge fund or Barclays capital has no interconnectedness at all?...
by Bruff
23 Feb 2012, 15:55
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!
Replies: 1991
Views: 148305

Re: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!

Forgive me if I've misunderstood the last paragraph, but is not the size of the current deficit a function of tax/spending commitments and the down turn that occured a few years back? That is, a structural bit and a cyclical bit? If so, then certainly on spending commitments at the time of the downt...
by Bruff
17 Feb 2012, 13:30
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 7079
Views: 317047

Re: POLITICS CORNER

You know I do struggle with economics, me. A few weeks back we had that Laffer Curve flagged and when I looked at it I thought, well that a neat hypothesis. Clearly, levelling no tax brings non in; and levelling a 100% tax rate brings none in either as what's the point? Ergo, lets draw a symmetrical...
by Bruff
15 Feb 2012, 08:51
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS
Replies: 2545
Views: 173778

Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

'Lopid' may be a version of the Sheffield term 'loppy', which means essentially the same thing. Sheffielders will refer to a house as 'it wer reet loppy'

Richard Broughton
by Bruff
13 Feb 2012, 15:50
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: SPEAKER'S CORNER
Replies: 110
Views: 19877

Re: SPEAKER'S CORNER

What we need for 'health policy' in this country is a peer-reviewed meta-analysis, or at the very least a systematic review, of the the research base that exists for, for example,comparative health outcomes, patient satisfaction, efficiency and effectiveness, and so on and so forth. In the absence o...
by Bruff
13 Feb 2012, 08:36
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 10483
Views: 498283

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

The M56 was closed for a time during the really cold snap in Dec 2010 dues to icicles hanging from a bridge..... If I heard the report correctly over the weekend, the entire length of the Danube is frozen solid and as this is a major working river there are major economic implications being suggeste...
by Bruff
13 Feb 2012, 08:19
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS
Replies: 2545
Views: 173778

Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

Tiz - yes 'current'; don't know what I was thinking about there!! The first time I came across a pikelet was in Sheffield, but they are widely available. At the risk of giving away too much information, the 'term of endearment' I use for my wife is 'pikelet'. Which caused a certain consternation wit...
by Bruff
10 Feb 2012, 09:11
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS
Replies: 2545
Views: 173778

Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

Noticed right at the beginning of this thread reference to 'bread rolls' and the different terms for them depending where you are in the country. I posted a thread years ago called I think 'Of barm cakes, bread rolls and baps', where it was discussed. Just to recap, what got me posting was Barlicker...
by Bruff
02 Feb 2012, 14:04
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING
Replies: 1251
Views: 93101

Re: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING

On another thread I noted the impartiality of the BBC. I see this as a good thing. I should perhaps say, 'generally' a good thing. You see, on climate change issues, the BBC will invariably put up some person who is of the sceptic wing and often the false sceptic wing (Lord Lawson crops up regularly...
by Bruff
01 Feb 2012, 10:38
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 10483
Views: 498283

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

Well Sir Fred Goodwin is now plain Fred Goodwin. Have to say I don't agree with this. As various commentators have noted, one usually gets stripped of one's honourific when one has broken the law or somesuch, but all poor old Fred has done is make a complete pig's ear of things. As we all have on oc...
by Bruff
31 Jan 2012, 14:49
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 10483
Views: 498283

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

I know it was most likely tongue in cheek, but for every Economics Editor at the BBC who is the son of a Labour peer, there's a Political Editor who was Chairman on the Young Conservatives at Oxford. Neither of these loses me any sleep. There's no bias. Whenever I see complaints of bias at the BBC, ...
by Bruff
30 Jan 2012, 15:41
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 10483
Views: 498283

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

What attracted my attantion today was Robert Peston on the radio this morning regarding Mr Hester's bonus. As is the standard narrative these days, Mr Hester as a banker is a very clever chap and we need these very clever chaps to understand the complex world of finance, paying them accordingly so a...
by Bruff
30 Jan 2012, 10:43
Forum: TV
Topic: GOOD TV
Replies: 1660
Views: 103133

Re: GOOD TV

Good TV? Well. it's a guilty pleasure of mine and so it's 'good' in my book. 'Take Me Out', Saturday night on ITV. 30 women decide whether they are happy to go on a date with a chap who is introduced via the 'love lift. They indicate their view of the chap via keeping their light 'on', or turning it...

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