Closing time? A British pub, a pint, some tax and no cigarettes

December 10, 2014

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Today there was much consternation in the UK media about the results from a new report from The Institute of Economic Affairs about the reasons why pubs have been closing in the UK. For example, and as usual for entertainment value, the Daily Mail open with: “Tax and red tape close 6,000 pubs over the […]

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A tale of climate change (A tale of immigration part 2)

October 17, 2014

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You may have noticed it is a Friday today, so as a result two posts on a single day. It’s like Christmas (but without the presents)! I was giving this random cut-off point used in the graph by Mr Monckton on the Heartland Institute website in my previous post (A tale of immigration) a bit […]

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A tale of immigration

October 17, 2014

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You may be surprised that this month’s blog post is not about public health, nor is it about epidemiology. It’s closely aligned though, in that I’d like to pay a bit of attention to lying with (objective) data. Here in the UK we are gearing up for another election, with the most important theme seeming […]

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The Daily Mail is on the case !!

October 3, 2014

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A short update this time, but it seems the Daily Mail has been checking out PubMed in the same way I have been doing. Surprisingly (unless they read this blog as well), they covered the same article about the impact of 50 Shades of Grey. In my case this resulted in “Reading 50 Shades of […]

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Reading 50 Shades of Grey with a hammer

September 23, 2014

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I haven’t read them myself (obviously not being the target audience), but 50 Shades of Grey seems to be a popular book series (I have been reliably informed it is the best book series ever written, and who am I to argue…). For those of you not familiar with the series, here a short synopsis: […]

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Everybody likes babies…and football…

August 14, 2014

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Sometimes you read something and you just know that cannot be correct. I am not talking about the Daily Mail again (that’s part of its entertainment value); I am talking about peer-reviewed scientific publications. Some of those have been covered previously on this blog, but I found another nice one (well, was pointed to it […]

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Why Mendel tells you not to drink alcohol when you are conceiving an Einstein

July 24, 2014

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Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is generally considered as not a very good idea. For one, it can cause fetal alcohol syndrome if you are serious about your drinking (reference). It has been associated with smaller babies. And smaller babies is not good (for the babies themselves, presumably for their mothers it is a benefit during […]

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