A blog by Patrick Crozier

September 30, 2004

Domestic bliss…
Patrick Crozier

…may not be the most familiar of things to the author of "Things my girlfriend and I have argued about". As he explains:

Combine utter, polar disagreement on everything, ever, with the fact that I am a text-book Only Child, and she is a violent psychopath, and we're warming up. Then factor in my being English while she is German, which not only makes each one of us personally and absolutely responsible for the history, and the social and cultural mores of our respective countries, but also opens up a whole field of sub-arguments grounded in grammatical and semantic disputes and, well, just try saying anything and walking away.

And then follows up with a long, and I mean long, list of examples.

September 29, 2004

Crozier's "10 Ways to Spot a Bogus Argument"…
Patrick Crozier

…looks like it's going to have to wait. Some chap called Madsen Pirie beat me to it.

September 27, 2004

Patrick Crozier

Photo of Kerry staff. Oh, what it's like to be on a dead cert.

Update 30/09/04

Apologies. Complete screw up. The link is here

September 26, 2004

Patrick Crozier

John Hudock lays into the Che Cult.

September 22, 2004

Are you a blubber?
Patrick Crozier

Mark Holland informs us that Englishmen on average cry 17 times a year. At first I was incredulous and then I started making a list:

  • Kelly Holmes winning her second gold medal
  • Any time I hear Nimrod
  • Any time I hear the Japanese national anthem
  • When they sing Abide with Me at Cup Finals
  • Sometimes when I am listening to Vashti
  • Occasionally when I think of friends far, far away
  • Even the other night watching Wicker Park

Though, not girls or relationships, obviously. But even so, this is not an exhaustive list. I could easily get to 17. Frankly, it's pathetic. I am letting the side down. Badly. The sooner I remove myself from the British gene pool the better.

September 20, 2004

Film review: Wicker Park
Patrick Crozier

This is a remake of l'Appartement one of my favourite films of all time. I have been waiting a year to see it - occasionally checking into IMDB to watch its progress. It really is quite astonishing how long it takes a completed movie to make it to the screen.

And once I knew it was out I have been trying desperately to avoid finding out anything about it. My theory is that movies are much more enjoyable if you have no idea what to expect. Anyway, tonight (in an almost completely empty theatre in Kingston) was the night.

Continue reading "Film review: Wicker Park"

September 12, 2004

Pet theory: why Bush will win
Patrick Crozier

There is only one real question in the US election: is terrorism our fault or theirs? Bush and the Republicans are clear: Kerry and the Democrats are all over the place. QED.

September 03, 2004

How should one go about adjusting for inflation?
Patrick Crozier

I found myself asking this in "Subsidy for the UK rail industry"

Usually, the answer is simple. Take the price, take the GDP deflator for the time, multiply and, hey presto, you have the price in today's money.

But there's a problem. As a blogger I want my posts to stand the test of time. I want them to still be read in 2024, 2044 and even 2104. But by then (assuming inflation continues to chunter away) 2004 prices will seem pretty meaningless.

So, rather than adjust prices to today's date, wouldn't it be more sensible to adjust them to some date in the past? That way you only have to make the adjustment once. So, rather than express everything in today's money, I could express it in 2003 money or 1803 money.

But if so, what date? Two dates spring to mind. The first is the year 2000. Nice round number. Reasonably recent. The second is 1900. This has the advantage of being at a distance from the inflations of today that are, incidentally, still going on. It also means that prices can be expressed in good old pounds, shillings and pence which would be a good way of preparing people for currency restoration.

The only problem is that it seems a bit weird. But if I take the lead and enough people follow suit, maybe, just maybe …

Actually, there is another problem. Knowing what prices were is not much use unless you also know how much people earned.

September 01, 2004

State failure #25: State education
Patrick Crozier

I wasn't going to start this for ages but then I saw "Too Much Schooling?" by Digby Anderson. "In government, nothing succeeds like failure" as he says.