Online 1882 Gazetter of Scotland
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

A new online historic data resource is now ready based on John Wilson's 1882 Gazetteer of Scotland, which lists and describes more than 12000 place names. Continue reading → .. read more..

The day the Archbishop of Canterbury made me swear
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The day the Archbishop of Canterbury made me swear – my language rarely goes beyond "crumbs" or "my goodness", but the recent letter from faith leaders to the Prime Minster shocked me to the core and made me ashamed to be a Christian. Continue reading → .. read more..

Fact checking Full Fact
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

It is hard to create accurate stories about numerical data. A problem I’ve been aware of for some time is how difficult many media organisations have in formulating evidence and arguments, especially those involving numerical data.  Sometimes this is due … Continue reading → .. read more..

More or Less: will 50,000 people really die if the universities reopen?
Sunday, September 6, 2020

Last Wednesday my paper on student bubble modelling had just been mentioned on Radio 4 'More or Less’, in particular the calculation of 50,000 deaths due to university reopening. This blog fills in some details as I was not contacted by the programme before transmission. Continue reading → .. read more..

How much does herd immunity help?
Saturday, September 5, 2020

I was asked to what extent partial herd immunity works alongside other measures to control Covid-19 spread.  My expanded reply is here, but basically the answer is that it is fairly minor as yet. Only artificial inoculation is likely to make a major difference in the medium term. Continue reading... .. read more..

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