Census stupidity, 2021 edition

Dear Office for National Statistics, Next time you sit down to design the UK census question flow, please ensure it does not go like this: 1. What is the date of birth for G [our young daughter]? Answer: late 2020 2. This date of birth makes G four months old. Is this correct? Answer: yes…

From building to demolishing

Building things is fun, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little light relief with a sledgehammer. Saturday was one of those occasions; there is was a ‘decorative’ wall in the corner of our lounge. It should have died about thirty years ago and I’ve hated it ever since we moved in a year ago. First…

A little civil disobedience

For many months I’ve wondered what would happen if one completed half a census return online and half on paper. Tonight, finally, I get to find out. (for international readers: it’s the night of the U.K. census, which with a little imagination has the potential for all sorts of fun.)

Beedle the Bard

Amazon are carrying a review of Rowling’s Tales of Beedle the Bard, hand-written and illustrated by her. There are seven copies in the world, and it’s absolutely beautiful.  It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted anything quite so badly, but £2m is one thing I don’t have. Sad.Tatsächlich kann ein Pokerspieler in Turnieren oft frühzeitig…


Normality is a perfection we strive to create based on events of the past which have no meaning in the future.