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Since I wrote up the simple analysis I did comparing Covid-19 prevalence across countries, there have been a few official studies published. They have shown similar conclusions to mine, but done with more precise data and more rigor. The health of the population seems to have made a big difference to mortality rates, with obesity [...]

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It always feels cold crunching numbers that represent very tragic events, but I think we need to learn all we can about this pandemic and statistical analysis can help. In this blog I look at a few simple factors that may have created the conditions for some countries to suffer from very high death rates [...]

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Yeah, I know. Surely the list is endless... But seriously, if we are to get a message across to the President of the United States (POTUS) when he visits in a few weeks, far better to focus on the one thing about which he is clearly wrong. No, it's not the Mexican wall. Given that [...]

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I am currently reading The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s the sequel to his sublime debut, The Name of the Wind and at 1000 pages, it’s a whopper. I keep flicking to the end to remind myself of how many pages I’ve got to go. Fantasy is a genre that lends itself to [...]

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Axis & Allies OK, so I admit it. I love board games. Always have, always will. My love affair began back in the 70s with monopoly and cluedo, even hoppit! It quickly mushroomed in the 80s with Steve Jackson games such as Car Wars, Avalon Hill's Squad Leader or Magic Realms. During this time I [...]

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