Archive sections: ‘Maths-Stats’

For the last couple of years, I have written New Year postcards based on  an annual number puzzle and thought I would pose it once again this year:   Write down the numbers from 10 down to 0 and the number of the year – leaving gaps between each one: 10     9   […]

Sunday, January 1st, 2017 at 06:00 Comments Off on A number puzzle for 2017

Today is a special day for me … as I get to commemorate three of favourite themes … trivia, maths in several of its guises, and the calendar.  You see, today is 17th July … and that means it’s Yellow Pig Day. … and, yes, I can already hear the exasperated cries of What?! Actually, […]

Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Yellow Pig Day

A couple of ‘shorts’ caught my eye this week as I was looking through the latest issue of Obshestenniy Reiting – Public Raiting – one of Bishkek’s leading newspapers … which is definitely a Broadsheet and not a Tabloid – despite the fact that it’s Tabloid-sized. Published weekly, it’s one of the ‘heavyweight’ newspapers with […]

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Sad stats

I have never understood why, but the Americans write dates in the format day/month/year so the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, are universally known as 9/11 … and everyone understands what is being referred to. For Mathematicians this means that 14th March is often known as Pi Day, because the date is written as 3/14 and […]

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at 06:00 1 comments. »

I am not sure why … but there is something about Friday the 13th that seems to inspire fear and foreboding in all of us. Any misfortune which happens to us is easily explained away by some superstitious, metaphysical reasoning … as manifestation of evil, or an omen or … whatever. It is true that […]

Friday, May 13th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Unlucky for some

One of the interesting aspects of modern life that has been amplified by the appearance of the telegraph, telephone, camcorder, mobile phones, the internet and wifi access, is the nature of the news that we receive. There is now a tendency to see on Television and the internet Breaking News stories … featuring the latest developments … […]

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Is that really Breaking News ?

In some parts of the United States, today is Siblings Day and Tuesday will Only Child Day. Siblings Day was the brainchild of  Claudia Evart, a paralegal from Manhattan, to honor the memory of her brother and sister, both of whom had died at early ages and is intended to be a celebration of the […]

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Siblings, families and households

I know that I going on about Social Media, but it’s a great thing for someone like me – an expat thousands of miles away from ‘home’ … allowing me to keep in touch with family and friends, to keep in touch and find out what’s happening in their lives. Sometimes it’s good news – […]

Monday, March 14th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Happy Pi Day!

Seneca had a point when he said Quam bene vivas refert, non quam diu; It’s how well you live, not how long (… I confess that I don’t know Latin … but that’s I was told it means). Every year, (well, for the last eighteen years), the American consulting firm Mercer has conducted its Quality of Life survey […]

Friday, March 4th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Quality of Life … What about the Quality of Reporting?

A headline brought a smile to my face … but it soon disappeared as I considered the full implications of the story. It was above a short article reporting a survey carried out by the National Statistics Committee … the government’s bureau for collecting, analyzing and reporting on all measurable aspects of Kyrgyz society. Eight […]

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Really – an 8-way tie for first place …?