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Monthly Archives: March, 2016

Tata Steel

Tata Steel has announced that it intends to sell all parts of its British business. The Port Talbot site, which employs around 5,500 of its 15,000 UK workforce, is believed … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

Into the Second Dimension

One of the enduring legacies of the French Revolution is political terminology. Supporters of the king, the party of order and defenders of the ancien rĂ©gime, sat to the right … Continue reading

March 30, 2016

Libelled Once More

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the annual general meeting of my local Conservative association. The meeting went quickly and efficiently, before a small group had a quiet drink … Continue reading

March 29, 2016

Copy and Haste VII: Memetic Menaces

The issue of parliamentary pay and MPs’ expenses remains emotional and symbolic. The Spotted in Chippenham Facebook page posted a photo of Michelle Donelan MP (Conservative, Chippenham), with the inscription: … Continue reading

March 28, 2016

Dragon Ball Z Season 3 Retrospective

Legends never die. In the third season of the remastered Dragon Ball Z, Goku rests from his battles and the Eternal Dragon of Namek has been summoned. Unlike Earth dragon’s … Continue reading

March 27, 2016

Visualisation Citations

In consort with the election analyst Ian Warren, I produced two data visualisations in Tableau, based upon a YouGov poll of the Labour selectorate [1, 2]. Between the two halves … Continue reading

March 26, 2016


In Brussels, three co-ordinated nail bombs were set off on the morning of 22nd March 2016 [1]. At 07:58 local time, the two bombs in the Zaventem airport were detonated … Continue reading

March 25, 2016