Buy this book. If you understand why you need to buy this book, then buy this book. If you don't understand why you need to buy this book then - for the love of all that's worth a damn - buy this book. Just don't listen to the author talk, because he's got an unfortunately … Continue reading Sir Ben of Goldacre
Month: August 2008
Bad Scientist Ben Goldacre has dug out a trial which shows the most awesome thing ever: the more exercise you believe you're doing, irrespective of how much you actually do, the healthier you are.
I've joined the illustrious list of left-ish-ists at Liberal Conspiracy. Hurrah! Appropriately enough, my first piece there is bashing the unions...
[phone rings] BJ: Wot ho, Bozza here. BC: Hello. I'm Bob Crow, and I'm evil. I'm going to lead the Tube maintenance workers out on strike (a 5% pay rise just isn't enough, you see) and paralyse the city. BC: [evil laugh] BJ: Oh. That's dashed inconvenient. Is there, erm, anything we can do to … Continue reading Tube strike conspiracy theory
If you wish to spend your afternoon making intrigued-but-appalled whimpering noises, this is the link for you (SFW). Especially this one.
Nando's is great, in general. Fact. Separately, I've been to the Vortex in Stoke Newington, and it's one of the worst venues I've ever had the misfortune to frequent. Fact. It was a quality piece of British  service, indeed: they told our party we could eat there, then told us we couldn't, then told … Continue reading On chain restaurants, and their opponents
Chris Dillow makes sense: "If people are prepared to lend to government at less than 1% real interest, let’s bleed them dry, because cheap money won’t last forever; infrastructure spending should be undertaken now, whilst it's cheap." The construction collapse will have the same effect on labour costs, which we can offset by removing the … Continue reading The last word on why the deficit doesn’t matter
As usual, Alex Harrowell makes sense.