Archive for Britain

Britain re-labeled

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures with tags , , on November 20, 2016 by xi'an

snapshot from Warwick [jatp]

Posted in pictures, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on November 10, 2016 by xi'an

Brexit as hypothesis testing

Posted in Kids, pictures, Statistics with tags , , , , , on June 26, 2016 by xi'an

last run on Clifton and Durdham Downs, Bristol, Jan. 27, 2012While I have no idea of how the results of the Brexit referendum of last Thursday will be interpreted, I am definitely worried by the possibility (and consequences) of an exit and wonder why those results should inevitably lead to Britain leaving the EU. Indeed, referenda are not legally binding in the UK and Parliament could choose to ignore the majority opinion expressed by this vote. For instance, because of the negative consequences of a withdrawal. Or because the differential is too little to justify such a dramatic change. In this, it relates to hypothesis testing in that only an overwhelming score can lead to the rejection of a natural null hypothesis corresponding to the status quo, rather than the posterior probability being above a mere ½. Which is the decision associated with a 0-1 loss function.  Of course, the analogy can be attacked from many sides, from a denial of democracy (simple majority being determined by a single extra vote) to a lack of randomness in the outcome of the referendum (since everyone in the population is supposed to have voted). But I still see some value in requiring major societal changes to be backed by more than a simple majority. All this musing is presumably wishful thinking since every side seems eager to move further (away from one another), but it would great if it could take place.

London calling….

Posted in pictures with tags , , , , , , on June 24, 2016 by xi'an

The Day After… Most sadly, England massively voted against remaining in the EU, while Scotland even more massively supported the Remain option.

better together!

Posted in pictures with tags , , , , , , on June 23, 2016 by xi'an

Britain, please stay!

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Running, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2016 by xi'an

A love letter from some Europeans against Brexit that appeared in the Times Literary Supplement a few days ago, and which message I definitely support:

All of us in Europe respect the right of the British people to decide whether they wish to remain with us in the European Union. It is your decision, and we will all accept it. Nevertheless, if it will help the undecided to make up their minds, we would like to express how very much we value having the United Kingdom in the European Union. It is not just treaties that join us to your country, but bonds of admiration and affection. All of us hope that you will vote to renew them. Britain, please stay.

hedgehog meets litter [hog of the ring]

Posted in Kids, pictures with tags , , , , on March 12, 2016 by xi'an

[(c.) Picture by Chris Packham for the Lidl campaign Keep Britain Tidy]