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Essential listening: More or Less

More or Less is a BBC radio programme dedicated to statistics, economics and the way they are used (and abused) by the media. It skewers statistical misuse and economic illiteracy, covering deeply technical subjects in a breezy, humorous and accessible manner. For many years it has taken taken the form of a half hour Radio […]

The newfangled apostrophe

Outrage has broken out among pedants everywhere, as it was revealed that Waterstones has dropped the apostrophe from its name. Waterstones is hardly the first business to make this move. For instance, Woolworths was, up until the 1980s, called Woolworth. But people called it Woolworths, so the company adopted it. Note how many people also […]

Why I want to watch more television

I have decided that my new year’s resolution is to watch more television. It may seems odd, since most people’s resolution necessitates getting off the sofa. There are a couple of drivers for my desire to become a couch potato. Views of the news One reason is that I have come to realise that I […]