Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Late Harvest

Yesterday I gathered half a dozen tomatoes from plants still surviving in my greenhouse. I'm also still eating homegrown apples, Ellison's Orange and Lord Lambourne dessert apples and Bramley cooking apples.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The Mental Powers of the Powerful

I just watched a House of Commons Committee questioning representatives of 'payday lenders'.

Confronted by the information that 3% of a set of 1.25 million borrowers had difficulty repaying, one MP decided to calculate how many people were involved.

His first attempt was 3% of 1.25 million = 125 000

He then resorted to a calculator, and after taking rather longer than I'd have expected, opted for 'about 40 000', which is I suppose near enough, but what a lot of fuss about a very easy calculation !!