April 26th, 2014

Saturday Seven Up

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You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

296 Comments

  1. 1
    Ellie-Mae (9) says:

    Morning all, how’s it hanging?

  2. 2
    Pookie snackumberger says:

    Gawd ‘elp us, is it Saturday again already . . its hanging.

  3. 3
    non taxableikey says:

    Next time India wants to test its nukes on Pakistan please don’t interfere. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-27018472

  4. 4
    ned ludd says:

    Big and fat, Cyril. Just bend over, Nick.

  5. 5
    albacore says:

    Well, that’s just the problem – a lack of suspension
    Let alone the inexplicable retention
    Of “Parliaments” that for decades have been ganging
    Up with the E U. It’s a shame they ain’t hanging

  6. 6
    Socialism is theft says:

    To whom it may concern: What does it feel like to be given a good seeing to by the Liblabcon sheep-shaggers in Westminster?

  7. 7
    Maria Miller says:

    I refuse to recognise David Cameron as our Prime Minister.

  8. 8
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    Just watched the press review on Sky and the MSM assault on UKIP continues as the panic of the establishment sets in. No matter what they do or say the UKIP poll numbers are steady.

    When LibLabCon start to put their manifestos together they would do well to heed the advice of William Boetcker

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_J._H._Boetcker

    “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence.
    You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”

  9. 9
    Mr Farage(rhymes with garage) says:

    Dozens of migrants living illegally on rat-infested squalid estate http://dailym.ai/1mIL2sT

    More Conservative led coalition mass immigration misery.

  10. 10
    Socialism is theft says:

    Voted in by the dims, Westminster full of crims.
    Labour a joke and all the Tory toffs do is talk.
    Lib Dems are boffing and all are troughing
    Yet the press from the gutters call UKIP the nutters.

  11. 11
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    Five days of Tube strikes planned over the introduction of new technology and closure of unnecessary ticket offices. The RMT make Ned Ludd look forward thinking.

    http://londonist.com/2014/04/five-days-of-tube-strikes-announced.php

    London and millions of workers held to ransom again.

    Don’t expect Boris to do anything about it; remember in 2012 during the Olympics he gave them a bonus just for doing their jobs.

    As for Cameron don’t expect he spineless posh boy to do anything about union reform

  12. 12
    Dynamic Dave says:

    I resigned you when I couldn’t take the heat any more. Elections coming and all that. You don’t exist anymore.

  13. 13
    Dave says:

    What is the Tube? Never heard of it.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    the man who f**ked the pensions costing est 260 billion still walks around now he should be hanged

  15. 15
    Prime Minister Comrade David Cameron says:

    ссыкуны.

  16. 16
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    They are playing right into the hands of their employers, who will have the public’s full support, when they call for the introduction of dri’verless trains just like on the Paris Metro.

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    ask Jules Holland those were the days the 80s great pop show

  18. 18
    nell says:

    Bash the rich, I am gay, the Tories are toffs, living-wage, right-wing trolls, I hate England, racism, phobias, NHS is great, Allahu Akbar.

  19. 19
    albacore says:

    Erm – who was it that wanted to rub the Right’s noses in diversity?
    Labour, Tory, LibDem, it’s the same perversity
    The name of the game’s to drag them in and pile them high
    And sell out the British with every day that goes by

  20. 20
    Socialism is theft says:

    Plutophobe, Anglophobe, heterophobe, aristophobe.

  21. 21
    Blair. Righter than Right. says:

    Can we go back to bobbies and do away with paramilitary plod? It seemed to have happened when we had an imaginary terrorist under every bed during the Blair age.

  22. 22
    Handycock whipping it out says:

    I would like all my young female fans to know that I am not really ill and in hospital, just enjoying a well deserved holiday in my villa in Spain, which my grateful boys bought for me. My Court case is coming up in June and, of course, I am not going to attend, so I am pretending to be in hospital. I will be standing for my Fratton Constituency again in the local elections in May and the Liberal Democrats are not putting a candidate up against me. This is absolutely the right thing to do, after all, we Liberal Democrats have been the Party of Perverts for longer than even I have been a member.

    http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/minority-parties-join-the-fray-as-election-candidates-are-announced-1-6023122

  23. 23
    BUNGO BUNGO TOWN says:

    They do that for bankers too, give them bonuses for just doing their jobs. Must be tradition of Londonistan.

  24. 24
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Margaret Thatcher used to quote the earlier part of that. So did Ronald Reagan.

    I had already heard it by then. But never though the mouths of the previous political leaders who just did not seem to believe it.

  25. 25
    Cyril Smith and Jimmy Savile says:

    Boaz Handy.

  26. 26
    fucking depressing says:

    and “others” have to collectively score about 50% to get a majority over the evil parties.

  27. 27
    Still waiting says:

    Has that “senior female police officer to be disciplined” over the Plebgate affair been named yet? If not, why not?

  28. 28
    Chop chop says:

    Is that a circumcised thumb I see before me?

  29. 29
    Ockham's Razor says:

    30m in work. 3.3m out of work.

    A one year 30% (or even more) cut in NI for employers and employees in April 2015 would be an interesting move and would have a dramatic effect upon reducing unemployment. It could even be self-financing when considered in the wider context of increased tax-take and VAT resulting therefrom. Laffer effect is more than ready to be reignited in the UK. NI could then be easier absorbed into the mainstream tax system which should be welcome by just about everyone. It is already done by the same office so is a logical progression.

    Brave call but that’s what we need.

    Cameron would never do it.

    Should also be an election winner. Labour would have to oppose it – especially if the Scots were still with us by some unfortunate throw of the dice.

  30. 30
    fucking depressing says:

    Will you be standing for the S exual D eviant P arty to fight the Libidinous Demagogues?

  31. 31
    Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and David Steele says:

    We have never heard of Cyril Smith, Lord Rennard and Mike Handycock.

  32. 32
    loo says:

    Yes.

  33. 33
    TNT Express says:

    lorryload of sulphur, charcoal, and saltpeter for a mr G F awkes, can you sign for it mate?

  34. 34
    Ruobal-itna says:

    This is like the manifesto of the anti-Labour movement.

  35. 35
    Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Great Queen Street says:

    Don’t worry Handy, this won’t happen to you and your boys in Portsmouth; as you know you have too much protection. Jahbulon.

  36. 36
    Channelling citronellas over crenellations and into tunnelled villanelles says:

    You missed something.

    You are not nell! Get your own fucking moniker!

  37. 37
    Owen Jones,Socialist turned Capitalist says:

    Oh dear. There’s just been a bit of a to do in the Waitrose cafe. They’ve run out of organic foraged oats.

  38. 38
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    You have got more chance of seeing The Chilcot report

  39. 39
    Martin Short says:

  40. 40
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    As should the gay loving piece of Russ!an funded treasonous shit that failed to win a majority against said gentleman in 2010.

  41. 41
    IMHO says:

    VAT is one of key problems. It’s too high, its regressive and the ferocious enforcement methods mean that companies have to sit on too much unproductive cash instead of investing.

  42. 42
    SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    No mention of the party to whom the thieving corrupt bastard belongs!

  43. 43
    Pookie snackumberger says:

    How long does one have to wait for the modbotom to restore my innocuous post (at 2)?

    Or does it disappear without trace only to serve as a cruel reminder of how pointless and insignificant my deranged mutterings are in the great scheme of things?

  44. 44
    Big xiot bonderslash says:

    They don’t have the wit to do that.

  45. 45
    Ed Miliband says:

    Are the oats from the EU? How is this being reflected in the polls? Can I demand the recall of Parliament now or should I demand a judge-led inquiry? I wish Daddy was hee to tell me what to do.

  46. 46
    The Australian navy says:

    Any day now. As soon as we’ve found MH370.

  47. 47
    SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    VAT is the bureaucrats tax par excellence ,it enables them to snoop and pry into every aspect of a business with legal sanctions and threats .

  48. 48
    SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    YES

  49. 49
    The Whitehall School of Sockpuppetry says:

    If you are going to impersonate someone, at least have the nous to say something which they might have said or remotely in the style they would have said it.

  50. 50
    Ah! dear says:

    Cameron’s prayers for a giant cruc1f1x to fall on Farage are mis-heard.

  51. 51
    Word on the street says:

    Forget your dad the fella you want is Dan Hodges cat.

  52. 52
    Mr Bungle says:

    They have……that Korean ferry crashed into it.

  53. 53
    A word in the shell, like says:

    Word is, Dan’s cat has been working on a new policy brief to help win Labour a landslide next year.

    At least, that is what the paper which lines it’s litter box is rumoured to be.

    Anyone know what brand or flavour this leading feline Labour luminary prefers ? Am researching for a biography…

  54. 54
    Ah! Nigel says:

    You have to take it up the bum. It’s now about voting whom you want to do it.

  55. 55
    Who nicked it? says:

    Those three hundred pieces of debris on the Chink satellite image have done the disappearing trick too…

  56. 56
    P*ki bashing was invented by labour voters says:

    Labour activists are either deaf or are so out of touch they don’t hear the ‘racist’ language regularly spoken in working men’s clubs by people they are proud to call core Labour voters.
    They obviously operate a don’t seek and thee shall not find policy when it comes to sniffing out ‘racists’ amongst their own ranks.

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  58. 58
    Phantom reposter ( MP's don't read far dowm) says:

    30m in work. 3.3m out of work.

    A one year 30% (or even more) cut in NI for employers and employees in April 2015 would be an interesting move and would have a dramatic effect upon reducing unemployment. It could even be self-financing when considered in the wider context of increased tax-take and VAT resulting therefrom. Laffer effect is more than ready to be reignited in the UK. NI could then be easier absorbed into the mainstream tax system which should be welcome by just about everyone. It is already done by the same office so is a logical progression.

    Brave call but that’s what we need.

    Cameron would never do it.

    Should also be an election winner. Labour would have to oppose it – especially if the Scots were still with us by some unfortunate throw of the dice.

  59. 59
    The Public says:

    Those days are over. Now fuck off, you nasty pervert.

  60. 60
    Tony Blair says:

    I was wondering where all my expenses shreddings had gone to

  61. 61
    Ah! wonder says:

    Why wasn’t Cyril Smith attracted to this ?

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/

  62. 62
    As my mother says:

    I’m sure she has a nice personality

  63. 63
    Larry the Cat says:

    Dave the Dunce put those in my litter tray, the bastard.

  64. 64
    A Tory revelling in the new found joys of bumsex says:

    “UKIP..feed on people’s fear..that is fostered..by the..stream of homophobia, anti-immigration,closet-racist stuff from the Mail and others”

  65. 65
    What's the difference between Cameron and his Hairdresser ? says:

    The Hairdresser has an honour and will keep his job after 2015.

  66. 66
    Nick Clegg says:

    That reminds me. How is my lead in the polls looking this morning?

  67. 67
    Dan Hodges Cat says:

    I prefer the simple wholesome taste of Asda cat food but what with Dan being a socialist he buys me tins of ‘Felix’ swan neck in a red wine sauce.
    Tosser.

  68. 68
    Democracy says:

    People are entittled to vote how they wish. Get over it.

  69. 69
    nell says:

    Let’s just say that if you were a contestant on Pointless you’d be winning the game!

  70. 70
    The House of Commons Library says:

    Er, its not 70%.

  71. 71
    Tell me more ! says:

    UKIP’s unemployed Brit is … an Irish actor Dave O’Rourke from Dublin

    http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/ukips-unemployed-brit-is-an-irish-actor-from-dublin-266567.html

  72. 72
    A word in the shell, like says:

    Thanks DHC: Hoping I can quote you on that.

    If it is not too personal, but for the book, does the OTT bourgeoisie socialist food give you haemorrhoids, and how often does Dan change your flea collar ?

    Keep up the good work on Labour strategy, am sure once they start listening they may be able to limit damage in their stronger marginals.

  73. 73
    Conning Bastards says:

    ….The distinction between NI and income tax is an important one ,but one the elites want rid of so they can stifle arguments such as, “Well,i paid my National Insurance and now,because of changed ,unforeseen circumstances,i need to claim the contributory benefits”,..When absorbed,this right would disappear!

  74. 74
    Fuck off says:

    “Fear and ignorance” yep heard that bollocks before from ignorant people who never live where I lived or went to the schools I went to.
    Jesus Christ I wish I was ignorant to the shit.

  75. 75
    Nigel Farrago says:

    Poop! Poop!

  76. 76
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    Ok – Ir!sh actor from Dublin as Unemployed Brit.

    Now, is this simply an issue of race ?

  77. 77
    Prime Minister Comrade David Cameron says:

    Американцы живут за занавесом CNN. Новости до них доходят долго, и они не знают, что происходит с 95% жителей планеты

  78. 78
    Bosun Higgs says:

    Dave’s hairstyle was fashionable among young men in the 1990s.

  79. 79
    The British media are cunts says:

    Limp wristed BBC gay boy moaning this morning to a guest who was talking about the article in one of the papers about how Gordon Brown stole 118 billion from our pension.

    Both gay boy and female presenter were whinging it wasn’t fair to keep ‘harping back’ to the days of Labour for excuses.

    Really BBC? How about stopping harping back to the days of ‘Fachur’ every 5 minutes then?

  80. 80
    Bosun Higgs says:

    Can I watch please?

  81. 81
    The House of Commons Library says:

    So, UKIP doesn’t discriminate. That must be disappointing for you.

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  83. 83
    Ah! wonder if there's a connection says:

    Giant rats set to invade pop festivals.

    Oasis to appear at Glastonbury

  84. 84
    ACPO Ltd says:

    Buy a ticket

  85. 85
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    That misses the point about what America is really about.

    Folk generally go there because they have had enough of the 95% of the world they have come from and want something different.

    Moronic Chekist’s looking to start wars and annex sovereign states is one example, Eton fag’s are another.
    :-)

  86. 86
    Charles Darwin says:

    Fear is an important emotion with an important evolutionary function. People who ignore it tend to end up dead.

  87. 87
    Neil Anderthal says:

  88. 88
    Village Idiot says:

    …Does this mean that in future actors and actresses will not be used anymore in political posters, that only real plumbers,electricians,carers and so on,will be used,or, does this rule apply to UKIP only?

    Also,”Men that hazard all
    Do it in the hope of fair advantages:
    A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross……As in the case of Nasty Nick Robinson,who thinks a foreign wife is somehow not right,and is himself a very rude,slightly unhinged man, must be the “Farage” effect!…Go on UKIP,”they” are rattled!..VOTE UKIP

  89. 89
    Nature's God says:

    And apostrophes. Don’t forget the fucking apostrophes. There is only one apostrophe in the Declaration of Independence and that is a reference to an entirely fictional character who has been long forgotten by everyone involved.

  90. 90
    Dan Hodges Cat says:

    Swan is a bit like Caroline Flint.a greasy bird so it passes quite smoothly.
    A flea collar?
    Fucking useless against the vermin Dan invites to his house.
    I reckon I must be the only cat in Britain who puts itself in the microwave.

  91. 91
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    They could have used an image like this for that particular poster:

    But they may have printed it before she lost her job.

  92. 92
    The Growler says:

    Nony, no not hanged, bankrupted, and made to find a job at his local friendly Jobbie Centre, making sure he cannot gain any credit or access any assts salted away where he thinks no one can get at it, put him him through the social beni hoop, give him a job bog cleaning and tell him to get by on that.

  93. 93
    Lord Stansted says:

    The Reaganesque I like is when he said he couldn’t help but notice that everyone who was for abortion had already been born. You don’t have to be a born-again nutter to appreciation that.

  94. 94
    The Growler says:

    The fifth word is not allowed on this blog due to sensitivities.

  95. 95
    Prime Minister"The Dunce Of Downing Street" Cameron says:

    Wonderwall should not be played at yoga.

  96. 96
    B3 says:

    nell’s a Tory attackbot. Note the repetition and b0llocks. If she was real she would be a k!pper. She has trouble with word spacing too which indicates a coding fault.

  97. 97
    Larry the Cat says:

    Dave tried that once. Only the once.

  98. 98
    Ockham's Razor says:

    @CO

    To pick up on your ICOADS data trawl.

    Very interesting exercise. One might reasonably forecast that any in depth analysis will bring to light fresh conclusions that others have missed.

    40-50 Gb is a huge dataset. I am used to keeping and interrogating large data (I have some 25Tb here currently – but in all sorts of file formats). From when I was last running a large institution, our customer master file record ran to just under 1000 characters. Taking the adult population of the UK, every inhabitant would fit onto just 5Gb. You are talking up to ten times that. So in raw data terms that is staggering.

    Just embarking upon the analysis is a formidable task but I wonder whether you have considered some sort of validation process first? I note your comment that “the data itself is broadly correct and clean” and wonder what your grounds for stating this are?

    It seems to me that some consistency testing would not only confirm (or deny) what you are positing but may prove useful when you manage to alight on anomalies with UAE downline, which you surely will.

    Using a suitable reference point, e.g. English Channel, at specified times which are significant, e.g. equinox and solstice, one could compare with other given points on the globe at similar times to establish mean deviation (and trends, should they occur). That should swiftly smoke out where the data set may be less reliable.

    Armed with this knowledge, when you do hit deviation from UAE, you can see whether there is an already identified issue and also have an insight into the workings of their minds as to how they have gone about resolving this using your pre-prepared and unbiased tool. Of course, you may instead find that your sample, or the way you have interpreted it, is faulty! :-) That would at least make your subsequent findings more robust.

    Not trying to teach my grandmother how to suck eggs! But the number of individuals who are prepared and able to undertake such a daunting task can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

    I share your reservations about “numerical voodoo”. The fresh water lake point is also a fascinating one. A moment’s glance at a globe shows that a huge majority of them are in the northern hemisphere. That brings me to another point. Having been myself to Lake Baikal, the realisation that 20% of the entire globe’s unfrozen surface water is to be found there (but at a depth of over a mile in places) opens up the issue of how “the stuff underneath” affects the tiny zone about which the AGW brigade fulminate. There is a tunnel vision problem going on about this as well.

    If I were looking for an Achilles Heel, that is probably where I would begin my sleuthing. I hope you have plenty of spare time available for this! :mrgreen:

    My South China Sea point was raised for several reasons. At the earlier part of the review period, it was avoided by all but warships due to piracy. In recent decades it has become the second busiest sea lane in the world. Nearly all China’s imports come through here. Significantly these are on numerous and disparate vessels. The resulting manufactures are then put on vast supertankers to UK and other places. Indeed, as I type these words I can see one is passing out on the Adriatic. The upshot is that for the many importing vessels to China there are only a few exporting. Yet presumably each yields one piece of data.

    Have you been reading lots of Patrick O’Brien by any chance? ;-)

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  100. 100
    A Non says:

    Fab may be a male but………

  101. 101
    A proper band, not some fake bad ou pussies says:

    Rather have Depeche Mode.

  102. 102
    The Growler says:

    They have to ape the American system, mind you it’s a job opening for ex-military personnel.

  103. 103
    B3 says:

    Miller would be a shoo in for Hyacinth Bucket if they ever remake Keeping Up Appearances.

  104. 104
    BBC Balance says:

    Saw that. Guest put the leftie BBC presenters firmly in their place by pointing out that Ed Balls plans to tax pensions as well.

    The presenters just look on open mouthed as if how could someone not understand the correct BBC viewpoint.

    It was the same earlier when the had some Russian guy on pointing out that some of the problems in Ukraine were caused by the EU interfering. Again they were just open mouthed – does not compute!

  105. 105
    A Non says:

    If true, a cynical reunion to match the rip off ‘music’. Still, ex wives have to be paid off I suppose so fuck the pathos eh boys?

  106. 106
    Vlad to be Strong says:

    Well, comrade ‘ Camero’ let us call you as a disguise. You have performed only adequately to date and since your election ‘triumph’. We did not bank roll your little party in your petty democracy to find our interests now challenged by yank ee friends.

    Your time is now up.

  107. 107
    Masonic Brotherhood of Chief Constables says:

    We have never of Cyril Smith, Mike Handycock or any other prominent Brother Pervert. Boaz.

  108. 108
    SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    The deliberate destruction of the best funded private pension scheme in the world was an act of malicious socialist spite .
    Brown hated the idea that people in work could actually fund their own retirement without being dependent on the state and out of it’s clutches.
    The ultimate responsibility of course lies with duplicitous Blair creature ,who as PM. was in a position to intervene.

  109. 109
    Cyril Smith LibDem MP says:

    Any boy bands going to be there?
    Or to be more specific bands of boys?

  110. 110
    Cheat Watch says:

    She still hasn’t paid back her ill-gotten lottery winnings.

  111. 111
    A word in the shell, like says:

    @DHC: Sorry to hear that.

    Final questions, if I may.

    On strategy, do you see Miliband alienating or retaining the core Labour vote, or are the fluctuations in polling figures really indicating a more fundamental disconnect between Labour’s connection with the electorate on message and policy ?

    Do you believe that Labour can re-connect between now and the 2015 GE and secure a majority – is Ed Miliband’s leadership actually important for that ?

    Are the focus groups blinding the leadership to reality by disconnecting the party from the grass roots ? ie. Do you see Labour falling into the doctrinaire trap of unreality and denial at a critical point in the general election run up ?

    If you do not see 2015 as winnable, would you advise Labour supporters who are opposed to the Conservatives to vote UKIP ? If so, would you follow such advice yourself ?

    Should catnip be a controlled substance, and would you recommend that Labour adopt such a pledge for its upcoming manifesto, in order to re-affirm the Party’s serious stance on law and order issues ?

    The book is coming on great.

  112. 112
    Lord Stansted says:

    Good heavens, a “serious” article in the Daily Telegraph.Of late, it’s seems full of stories about sport, or tossers I’d never of – e.g. Shand and someone with the unlikely name of Peaches (?).

  113. 113
    D A Shell says:

    You were supposed to deliver it to Westminster, you lazy bastards.
    Can’t you get anything right ?

  114. 114
    UKIP candidate says:

    My unwashed dishes are caused by gay marriage.

  115. 115
    UKIP candidate says:

    My stuffy nose is caused by gay marriage.

  116. 116
    We will remember them says:

    I was thinking of paying my respects to the brave young martyr. When will his body be dragged through the streets of Royal Wootton Basset?

  117. 117
    UKIP candidate says:

    The Battle of Hastings was caused by gay marriage.

  118. 118
    President John F Kennedy (The only US president who was not a Freemason) says:

  119. 119
    Patrick O'Brian CBE says:

    SC would not have misspelled my name;)

  120. 120
    UKIP candidate says:

    Tsunamis are caused by gay marriage.

  121. 121
    nell says:

    I see you are out of your box again. If you must steal my moniker please make sure your comments mirror my views more carefully. Though you really need to be more grown up about this and get yourself a moniker of your own so that we can all recognise you and your odd views when you do post.

  122. 122
    Moron Watch says:

    Dear Bender person,

    Do fack off.

  123. 123
    UKIP UPRICK says:

    So it turns out that the man featured in the UKIP poster as an out of work British worker is actually an out of work actor from the Republic of Ireland. Real geniuses running things there.

  124. 124
    UKIP candidate says:

    Increase in UK birth rate was caused by gay marriage.

  125. 125
    Macaulay says:

    It was caused by a Norman trying to set up a European Union without a referendum

  126. 126
    The (mostly) silent majority says:

    We don’t recognise Cameron as our Prime Minister either.

  127. 127
    Moron Watch says:

    Feeling better now. You were told to keep up the meds regularly.

  128. 128
    Lord Stansted says:

    and why has the K not been taken from Sir Cyril Smith? Fred the Shred only abused banking.

  129. 129
    Moron Watch says:

    How is the aids treatment doing?

  130. 130
    UKIP candidate says:

    I think you’ll find it’s spelt f-u-c-k. Learn english or get out of my country! I’m a real Brit, born and raised in Zimbabwe.

  131. 131
    Dan Hodges Cat says:

    There’s shit in the flower pot.Dan blames me.
    Scratches on the furniture.Dan blames me.
    Dead sparrow on his pillow…..Dan blames me.

    Next thing he’ll be blaming me for some election losing strategy document he’s written.

  132. 132
    Macaulay says:

    UKIP don’t advocate discrimination against the Irish, with whom the UK has had something called the Common travel Area since 1923: an example of co-operation in immigration controls which long predates the Schengen agreement and which shows that the UK does not need the EU to make successful treaty arrangements with other countries – even ones with whom we’d been in a state of civil war with only a few yeasr earlier.

  133. 133
    UKIP candidate says:

    Jimmy Savile getting a knighthood from Mrs Thatcher was caused by gay marriage.

  134. 134
    nell says:

    I see gordon ‘zero hours contract’ brown – he on the top rate salary for doing nothing – stole more of our pension pots when he was in office than first thought. I suppose this troughing worthless parasite will be standing for parliament again come 2015!!

  135. 135
    Matabele Land says:

    I’d prefer it if you were born and raised in Rhodesia. Anyone educated under Mugabe is likely to have had an arrested development what all the teachers being Zanu-PF stooges or suffering PTSD.

  136. 136
    Gerry Anderson says:

    Contrary to rumour, Michael has never been signed to the Thunderbird team.

  137. 137
    Lord Stansted says:

    Pop festivals? Are they still around?

  138. 138
    UKIP candidate says:

    Personal friend of Maggie and Tory MP Harvey Proctor having to resign for spanking men in gay sex sessions and later opening up a men’s shirt store invested in by Tories was caused by gay marriage.

  139. 139
    Owen Jones says:

    .nazi…

  140. 140
    Lord Stansted says:

    Is behind the fridge dirty too?

  141. 141
    Lord Stansted says:

    :)

  142. 142
    Michael Parkinson says:

    I’ve met lots of interesting people. Call this number today and you get a free Parker pen just for inquiring.

  143. 143
    Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin says:

    Your lead looks rather like you’d expect a balloon to look after meeting a little prick like you.

  144. 144
    Ockham's Razor says:

    My bad.

    I have not read him myself but “know someone who has…” For some reason, I had it fixed in my mind that it was spelled the unorthodox way. Probably I read 1984 at too early an age!

    Cannot speak for SC, naturally, but I am perfectly capable of making mistakes along with the best of them. I shall not let it ruin my morning.

  145. 145
    Big xiot bonderslash says:

    Oh, these pathetic little socialist trolls.

  146. 146
    UKIP candidate says:

    I think you’ll find it’s “how is the aids treatment going”. “Doing” suggests the subject of the sentence is a person. Learn english grammar or get out of my country!

  147. 147
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Lovely! I missed that one so thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  148. 148
    nell says:

    No she wouldn’t! whatever else hyacinth bucket portrayed her character was inately honest and she would never have even thought about stealing from the public.

  149. 149
    nell says:

    gordon had many faults but I don’t being a nazi was one of them.

  150. 150
    @hateliebour says:

    Just shows UKIP is not a racist organisation as the media and the left keep saying it is, If I was you I would keep quiet just in case a true journalist visits this blog and then goes away and writes about it, you could keep going on about the UKIP poster and keep crying and moaning about it but more people will look realise the same that UKIP is not racist, more PR for UKIP, keep up the good work.

  151. 151
    jgm2 says:

    She has a face like a ventriloquist’s dummy.

  152. 152
    Pozie says:

    EU thought police just put virus on telegraph personal view.

  153. 153
    Channelling citronellas over crenellations and into tunnelled villanelles says:

    I am calling fake again! Your subtlety zone has not reached puberty yet.

  154. 154
    @hateliebour says:

    Racist!

  155. 155
    @hateliebour says:

    Homophobic!

  156. 156
    I know, it beggars belief but ... says:

    Just think – some poor mother had Nick ‘the Prick’ Clegg for a son.

  157. 157
    Adolf says:

    I’m not a racist, I’m just your everyday hard hitting realist with genuine concerns.

  158. 158
    jgm2 says:

    That is a fucking awful jacket. Is she blind?

  159. 159
  160. 160
    A Commoner says:

    Why bother? Knighthoods are such devalued honours. Every chav who’s ever sold pictures of his baby’s first nappy change to Hello Magazine seems to have one these days.

  161. 161
    @hateliebour says:

    Well one of the ists, it’s like going to the bad old days, when Liebour ruled the country and you had to walk on broken glass just in case you said the wrong words.

  162. 162
    Anonymous says:

    #includes xtra Labour postal vote factor.

  163. 163
    Emperor Rumpy says:

    Why hasn’t the BBC fired that presenter yet?

  164. 164
    Fruitcake and proud of it says:

    To save anyone else having to translate, he is saying:

    “Americans are living behind a curtain CNN. News reach them for a long time, and they do not know what happens to the 95% of the world”

    Let’s pretend this has the smallest amount of truth behind it for a moment. How come the States have been so finely divided between two opposing parties for so long?

    Where this statement might be put to better effect is in Britain. The BBC being the ultimate global brainwasher.

    Vote UKIP

  165. 165
    A Finger Of Fudge For All Party says:

    Vote Gay in the upcoming Euro erections!

  166. 166
    jgm2 says:

    You know that famous Tory election poster ‘Labour isn’t working’ with a big queue of people outside a dole office?

    They weren’t really unemployed.

    Shocker.

  167. 167
    Sebastian Fox says:

    Whatever next? No flying pigs? Lithe cats? A Government in control?

    There must be an election looming, should the angry pussy eat George or the Jelly?

  168. 168
    jgm2 says:

    Increase in UK birth rate caused by importing 2 million breeders from the third world.

  169. 169
    Pookie snackumberger says:

    Why no comments allowed though?

    Personally I’m often sceptical of Lib/lab/Conners who speak out like this, and seem to be totally at odds with their party. Are they sometimes just a Cat’s paw to help make the party in question seem like they are on the peoples side?

    Then after the storm is over its business as usual.

  170. 170
    Gordon, Bilderberger, McDoom says:

    I did not sell the nations gold at the bottom of a 21 year Bear market, at the behest of Gavin Davies, a Director of Goldman Sachs and prominent member of the Labour Party. There is no truth in the fact that Goldman Sachs had a huge unwindable short position in gold that would have bankrupted them had the gold market risen. There is also no truth in the fact that I announced the sale in advance so that the gold Market Makers could mark the price down $50 an ounce before the sale took place. Of course this could never have been done in the US as they already had a Freedom of Information Act in place. In any case what is taxpayer’s money for anyway? This is the New World Order that I and many other prominent people fully support. Boaz.

  171. 171
    Moron Watch says:

    Had a bad night did you? Was it not raining men in your area? Frustrated and alone today? How very sad for you? Still there is always tonight.

  172. 172
    jgm2 says:

    Notice Labour in 4th place there.

    Now that would be funny if replicated nationwide.

  173. 173
    Dan Hodges Cat says:

    Do I see Miliband alienating or retaining what?
    Has Dan been telling people I would make a good election strategist or something?
    Catnip, yeh Dan’s gonna soon find out how well a cat can fucking nip.

  174. 174
    UKIP says:

    The Greens seem to have taken a lot of votes off Labour and the Tories

  175. 175
    The Rev Flowers says:

    I’m looking for a nice boy to rim my crusty arse tonight, you seem just the ticket. Normal rates apply.

  176. 176
    Ockham's Razor says:

    They were all laid off soon after 1997 though! :-)

  177. 177
    This says:

    Remember the people out waving flags and cheering for Blair who turned out to be party activists that were bussed around the country?

  178. 178
    UKIP says:

    Third. But they will probably collapse further.

  179. 179
    Dave says:

    I’ll put you down as a Conservative then.

  180. 180
    jgm2 says:

    Notice too that Mike Johnson thinks that Labour have a yellow motif and are polling 21% when the graphic quite clearly shows a red rose on 14%.

    Labour are in danger of total annihilation. They’re only a couple of points ahead of the greens.

    Sweet.

  181. 181
    Dr Frankenfreud says:

    She’s Dutch. She may not realise how horrid he actually is.

  182. 182
    Viriginian the Ridiculous says:

    No wonder why he never entered Wimbledon.

  183. 183
    Nick Clegg says:

    I paid an agency for people to attend my Town Hall meetings in the 2010 campaign.

  184. 184
    Mrs Clegg (thinking of changing her name by deed poll) says:

    Arson, treason, lost his reason – how was I to know my son was destined to be a criminal ? [Sob]

  185. 185
    Lest it be forgotten says:

    In lovely Crawley a local tory concillor has opposed the establishment of another food bank in the town because nobody is really hungry there.

    Apparently he knows this because he has difficulty booking a table at his favourite restaurant and bowling alleys are busy

    A CONSERVATIVE councillor has said he doesn’t believe anyone in the town is going hungry – as Labour calls for a food bank to be set up in the Town Hall.

    Tory councillor Liam Marshall-Ascough even pointed to the fact that Crawley restaurants are normally fully booked at weekends – as proof that nobody is struggling for food.
    Read more: http://www.crawleynews.co.uk/Conservative-councillor-says-doesn-t-believe/story-20843708-detail/story.html#ixzz2zwP2obUw

    http://www.crawleynews.co.uk/Conservative-councillor-says-doesn-t-believe/story-20843708-detail/story.html

    I Am Against Food Banks
    “There is enough help so that there isn’t food poverty and where there is, that needs to be addressed by whatever means possible and that was my point. It’s not good enough politicians just talking about food poverty for political gain. Action not words is required. Food banks are not the answer as they just act as a band aid and a political tool!

    I said that of course people are struggling as we in the main all are but that it was hard to argue there was a cost of living crisis when all the restaurants, cinema, bowling alley etc are full on a weekend”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/Liam%20Marshall-Ascough/food-banks_b_5182089.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

    They can’t help it, can they, the tories?

  186. 186
    UKIP candidate says:

    I’m fine but maybe you should ask Derek Laud, speechwriter to Mrs Thatcher, Michael Portillo, friend of Mrs Thatcher, Harvey Proctor, friend of Mrs Thatcher, Alan Duncan, friend of Mrs Thatcher, Lord Boothby, friend of Mrs Thatcher, Peter Lilley, friend of Mrs Thatcher, or Crispin Blunt, friend of Mrs Thatcher. Gosh, she was rather a bit of a fag hag, wasn’t she? Very strange, given that we all know there are absolutely no gays ever on the right.

  187. 187
    Moron Watch says:

    Same lefties last week were claiming ‘cheap package holidays had caused skin cancer.’

    Funny that, I thought the sun shone equally on all alike.

  188. 188
    Nigel"Pirate" Farage says:

    Yo ho ho and a pint of best

  189. 189
    UKIP Voter says:

    My Parker pen with its original ink cartridge which I’ve owned since I was at middle school still gets used regularly today.
    On that basis I reckon the pen will work out better than the pension.
    Make that call but buy fuck all is my independent financial advice.

  190. 190
    Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband says:

    Yes, it’s all very confusing at the bottom of the heap.

  191. 191
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    So George is limiting bonuses to 100% of salary because …………..?????????
    But don’t worry, Banksters, there was a caveat which suggests 200% isn’t ruled out if you are good.
    Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  192. 192
    jgm2 says:

    No. Fourth according to the picture. Red rose on 14%.

    Only 2% ahead of the greens.

  193. 193
    Watch says:

    Funny Dat. Scousers don’t ever drink.

  194. 194
    Lord Stansted says:

    True.

  195. 195
    14% Ed heading for oblivion says:

    Fuck

  196. 196
    you're so gay ( meant in the pejorative) says:

    Yeah, I fucking hate them all whichever party they belong to, and no, that doesn’t equate with a phobia, which is a medical condition. You lefties really must stop meddling with the language, you’re fucking piss poor at it.

  197. 197
    Lord Rothermere says:

    The so-called “atrocities” in Germany are just a few isolated incidents of vandalism. The criticism comes from the usual communist quarters. Just like Oswald Mosely, the Nazis are an for all on the right to follow. Their energy and dedication to solving the J*wish problem is to be admired, which is why I’ve sent a personal telegram to Mr Hitler to congratulate him and welcome him to visit the British isles.

  198. 198
    Normal person says:

    Some people don’t believe homosexuality should be allowed openly or ‘blessed’ by politicians. Get Over It !!

  199. 199
    Lord Stansted says:

    :)

  200. 200
    Normal person says:

    Some people don’t like homosexuality. Get Over It !!

  201. 201
    Normal person says:

    Homosexuality is not natural. Get Over It !!

  202. 202
    Oceanographer says:

    That is actually true. Get Over It !!

  203. 203
    Anonymous says:

    They’re fucking brilliant at sniffing out opportunities for compo though.

  204. 204
    10north says:

    Didn’t the guy who set it up famously say ‘The secret of the NI Fund is… there is no fund’?

    It all goes into an undifferentiated pool.

  205. 205
    The BBC never says:

    Add up the percentages. We seem to have forgotten to hide the extra 12% for the Labour postal votes.

  206. 206
    JadedJean15 says:

    Libertarian anarchists are state busters…not state builders.

  207. 207
    JadedJean18 says:

    Libertarian anarchists are state busters…not state builders.

  208. 208
    jgm2 says:

    Wasn’t it thoughtful of the BBC to always frame the pictures to make it look like a spontaneous crowd of thousands had turned out too.

    Leni Riefenstahl would be proud knowing her methods are still in use today.

  209. 209
    This is the Balanced Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Now just for balance perhaps you’d like to mention the support of Uncle Joe Stalin by the Fabian Society and the killing of 20 million Russians?

  210. 210
    The establishment says:

    What we need now is a distraction. Royal baby not working? MH370 disappointingly hard to find? Navy too weak to go to the Falklands or Gibraltar? Not enough planes to chase the Russians any more?

    I know, we’ll rehash a load of bollox from the last century. Anything to stop people from talking about UKIP.

  211. 211
    Pookie snackumberger says:

    All across the MSM yesterday the lefties pilled into UKIP over a candidates tweets. I wonder if that was worse than labour candidate Yogalingam Dayanamby accused defrauding the taxpayer, and how much time the MSM will give to that story.

    http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/local-news/revealed-labour-candidate-harrow-council-7033295

  212. 212
    jgm2 says:

    Labour at 14% in the East of England for the Euro elections.

    How’s that 35% strategy working out for you?

  213. 213
    The ghost of Bernard Manning says:

    I’m not a racist because I’ve got a colour TV

  214. 214
    The British media are cunts says:

    Labour see the private pensions schemes as a sweetie jar they can dip into whenever they like. If Adolf Balls gets his way he’ll be r&ping it daily

  215. 215
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    It is a huge dataset, but the relevant information from it is relatively small. It is just annoying that the raw data is not posted up zipped: Gzip compresses it by 80% to give you an idea of redundancy in the data (it is fixed width format…)

    Relevant info – c. 270 Mb – under Gzip

    (Incidentally – if you look to grab data sets from the UK MET office – eg. the ESSRT3 – a processed version of ICOADS – they are labelled as .gz but the files are not compressed. !?! Their processing involves forming blended averages which is why I am not looking at that data as much has been removed)

    Processing: Using BASH shell scripting / unix utils, Perl and Fortran is important for extracting the data quickly / smoothly and manipulating.

    Doing this on a Linux machine with several physical hard drives + reasonable mem and processor is quite fast. BT Broadband is slow, and breaks at least once a day when BT do their maintenance or screw about putting out firmware updates to customers routers.

    Extracting the relevant raw data takes less than a minute / file: That extraction and initial processing is paralleled with the downloading: Processing occurs once datafile has been transferred whilst others are still being transferred.

    Fortran is useful and fast for calculating certain data from this set, such as averages, and applying transformations to the longitude / latitude coords: The ICOADS data is using a convention slightly different to other datasets: The preferred convention is for > 180 W to be recorded as -ve and considered East. That allows easy use in Google Earth etc. and further rescaling as below.

    Pulling data out in year blocs then further processing down to daily, whilst building the meta data stats (eg. total count of points, max / min from points by day, mean broken down by region etc.) makes life easy for the subsequent analysis.

    The meta-data examination is handy for first phase of data QA: eg. Identifying error data points existing for bogus dates like 31st February for some years, can be discarded: Total number of such points has been surprisingly small, which confirms that this dataset is structurally of good quality.

    Graphing the meta data also helps identify certain errors: Particularly for errors where the file transfer has silently failed. That is easy to do with spreadsheet / statistical software.

    Am avoiding at present the removal of data points based on extreme values, as for that analysis I need to process the data down further into regions. A warm day in the tropics would look extreme compared to a non-tropical northern latitude point – which on a cold day could look extreme in the opposite sense.

    Have decided to examine the data in total.

    To do that, have used a statistical package (R) to plot the data points with a reasonably scaled false colour for recorded temperature as an X-Y scatter plot scaled to overlay a flat 2D Mercator projection of the globe. That is purely for indicative purposes: It is much better to extract the long / lat points to KML and run through Google Earth or Maps – but Maps has a limit on the number of Points it can display, and Earth cannot give me the flat projection that is preferred.

    Neither are really suitable for creating the Mpeg output which I am after.

    Generating a PNG for each day – yields about 28000 images daily for 1931 – 2007, with number of data points increasing from 2000 to 20,000 or so per day. (2008 onwards am still pulling down…)

    Putting those images into an MP4 video playing back at 4 fps has allows the entire dataset to be viewed: Total playback time about 1.92 hours.

    This helps give a qualitative feel firstly for what the data is looking like.

    Helps identify patterns, obvious errors, and also confirms a suspicion that prior to fixed buoy measurements which started to appear in the late 70s and 80s, the temperatures recorded in the ICOADS set are predominately those in waters around the main merchant shipping routes and, and the temperatures of those routes are relatively warm and constant among themselves, independent of latitude.

    That reflects maybe that the shipping lanes follow the main ocean currents, and tend to stay in waters close to land.

    On the plots with the fixed buoys in later years, those buoys record a very different temperature in the middle of the remote pacific compared to that which is seen by ships which travel on the main route from Ch!na to US West Coast going around the top of the N’orthern G’yre.

    Preliminary observation has shown that the fixed buoys record cooler sea surface temperatures in remote areas, which suggests that the true average temp of the Pacific is lower than what the ship data would suggest.

    Watching playback has also confirmed that included in this set are temperatures recorded in the Great Lakes area: These i do not feel can be considered in the same way: The lack of salt changes the temperature dynamic of those bodies significantly: They should be examined separately, and perhaps compared with measurements if available from other fresh water lakes, such as B’aku / Victor!a.

    I know the GL region very well, and those Lakes have a big effect on the local climate – the effect being felt up to 100 miles from the shorelines. Their effect is what makes the weather in MI very different to SD / NE for example.

    Am avoiding choosing fixed points to calculate an average for comparison at present as am not sure that the approach is valid.

    Dividing into a grid and doing so for each grid is more so, but then extrapolating outside of those grids is not. I need to get a better understanding of the dataset and what it actually contains first – some of my ramblings here should reflect that :-)

    Incidentally, plotting and watching the data points in this way gives a good insight into how trade patterns have developed and changed over the years. Other than seeing temperature variations, this plot also gives a picture of shipping movements at 1 day resolution. Interesting in its own right.

    Haven’t been reading Pat O’Brien, but can confirm that from the data I have been seeing the S’outh C’hina S’ea has seen a lot of commercial shipping back to 1931 – with only a brief noticeable quiet period from November 1941 until 1945, then it went quiet again Feb 1946 through Feb 1949.

    Those dates should map very closely to events during the WWII. Playing back the data set helps hammer home the magnitude of what happened in that conflict.

    The S’outh Ch!na S’ea has been quite busy from 1949 through to present :-)

  216. 216
    Anonymous says:

    The wankers don’t seem to realise that many of those the story is targeted at, will agree with the tweeter,

  217. 217
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    Tried replying – m’odded – not sure what word triggered…

  218. 218
    jgm2 says:

    If that’s the UKIP candidate who was less than complimentary about Nigerians and the religion of peace then they couldn’t possibly have done a better campaigning job for UKIP.

    Most indigenous people will be giving it ‘Fucking right’.

    Only a few London-based bedwetters could possibly take offence.

  219. 219
    Bumsex Dave says:

    I really hate gayers. I think bumsex is disgusting. That’s why I post about it all day. It’s so revolting, that’s why I can’t stop thinking about it. I try and hide behind the hilarity of ridiculing Bumsex Cameron but I can’t help repeating that one same joke all day every day. I just can’t stop talking and thinking about gays and bumsex. Oops, there I go again. I really do honestly despise bumsex and bummers, that’s the real reason why I’m unable to stop thinking about it. And now I bet some poof will reply to me and call me a gayer. How dare the bumsexer say that? He’s the poof. I’m a straight family man. I just like posting all day every day about bummers. Don’t all straight married right wing men like me spend every day posting about bumsex?

    Anyway, if anyone replies and calls me a bender, it’ll just prove they’re obsessed with bumsex. Not me though, I can’t stand bumsex, which is why you’ll never see me using the term bumsex. Except for there. But apart from that, I don’t post or talk or think about bumsex. Oops, there I go again. But that’s the last one.

    Bumsex.

  220. 220
    Pookie snackumberger says:

    Won’t work. They (the UKIP voters) are stedfast in their resolve, on this one occasion bequeathed to them by their ancestors, to seek freedom, hope and justice.

  221. 221
    The BBC really are in a world of their own says:

    Beeboid presenter also said Labour were moving their money out of the Co-op Bank.

    Paul Lewis corrected him saying it was Labour’s overdraft that was being moved

  222. 222
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    UKIP candidate suspended after claiming Muslims are ‘animals’ and Africans should get Aids

    http://dly.st/PzSF8U

  223. 223
    Anon says:

    It won’t even have lost votes in the immigrant ‘community’. Africans and West Indians all have their own opinions about Nigerians, which are far from complementary on the whole. The muslim postal votes were filled out long ago and were not going to UKIP anyway.

  224. 224
    Pookie snackumberger says:

    But, but shurely having an opinion and expressing it is ten times worse than taking money off of inocent people by fraud whilst being in a position of trust and power?

  225. 225
    Gavin Davies says:

    Gordon in absolutely correct, there is no truth in these pernicious rumours, nor is there any relevance that I was a Director of Goldman Sachs at the time in question. Boaz.

  226. 226
    Troll Watch says:

    I think you are overpaid.

  227. 227
    G Had says:

    Every post mentioning followers of the religion of peace is being deleted. Hilarious. After all his claims to be a fearless scourge of politicians and anyone else, it turns out there is one thing Guido’s scared of and that’s m*****s. Have they been threatening him? What’s the deal? Why is Guido, a right wing libertarian Catholic, running scared of towelheads? Pathetic.

  228. 228
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    It is a huge dataset, but the relevant information from it is relatively small. It is just annoying that the raw data is not posted up zipped: Gzip compresses it by 80% to give you an idea of redundancy in the data (it is fixed width format…)

    Relevant info – c. 270 Mb – under Gzip

    (If grab data sets from the UK MET office – eg. ESSRT3 – they are labelled as .gz but the files are not c’ompressed. !?! Their method involves blended averages which is why I am not looking at that data)

    Extracting raw data takes less than a minute / file: Have constructed a pipeline for that.

    F’ortran is useful for calculating certain data from this set, such as averages, and applying transformations to the l’ongitude / l’atitude coords: The ICOADS data is using a convention slightly different: The preferred convention is for > 180 W to be recorded as -ve and considered East. That allows easy use in Google Earth etc. and further rescaling as below.

    Pulling data out in yearly blocs processing down to daily whilst building the meta data (eg. total count of points, max / min from points by day, mean broken down by region etc.) makes life easier for subsequent analysis.

    Meta-data examination speeds initial Q’A: eg. Identifying error data points existing for bogus dates like 31st February for some years, can be discarded: Total number of such points has been surprisingly small, which confirms that this dataset is structurally of good quality.

    Graphing the meta data also helps identify certain errors: Particularly where file t’ransfer has failed. Easy with spreadsheet / stat software.

    Avoiding at present the removal of data points based on extreme values, as for that analysis I need to process the data down further into regions. A warm day in the tropics would look extreme compared to a non-tropical northern latitude point – which on a cold day could look extreme in the opposite sense.

    Have decided to examine the data in total.

  229. 229
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    Have used R to plot the data points with a reasonably scaled false colour for recorded temperature as an X-Y scatter scaled to overlay a M’ercator. This is purely for indicatives: It is better to extract the long / lat points to K’ML and run through G’oogle E’arth or M’aps – but M’aps has a limit on the number of points it can display, and E’arth cannot give me the flat projection that is needed.

    Neither are really suitable for creating the Mpeg output which I am after.

    Generating a PNG for each day – yields about 28000 images daily for 1931 – 2007, with number of data points increasing from 2000 to 20,000 or so per day. (2008 onwards am still pulling down…)

    Putting those images into an MP4 video playing back at 4 fps has allows the entire dataset to be viewed: Total playback time about 1.92 hours.

    This helps give a qualitative feel firstly for what the data is looking like.

    This helps identify qualitative patterns, obvious errors, and also confirms a suspicion that prior to fixed buoy measurements which started to appear in the late 70s and 80s, the temperatures recorded in the ICOADS set are predominately those in waters around the main merchant shipping routes and, and the temperatures of those routes are relatively warm and constant among themselves, independent of latitude.

    That reflects maybe that the shipping lanes follow the main ocean currents, and tend to stay in waters close to land.

    On the plots with the fixed buoys in later years, those buoys record a very different temperature in the middle of the remote Pac!fic compared to that which is seen by ships which travel on the main route from Ch!na to US West Coast going around the top of the N’orthern G’yre.

    Preliminary observation has shown that the fixed buoys record cooler sea surface temperatures in remote areas, which suggests that the true average temp of the Pac!fic is lower than what the ship data would suggest.

    Watching playback has also confirmed that included in this set are temperatures recorded in the Great Lakes area: These i do not feel can be considered in the same way: The lack of salt changes the temperature dynamic of those bodies significantly: They should be examined separately, and perhaps compared with measurements if available from other fresh water lakes, such as B’aku / V!ctor!a.

    I know the GL region very well, and those Lakes have a big effect on the local climate – the effect being felt up to 100 miles from the shorelines. Their effect is what makes the weather in MI very different to SD / NE for example.

  230. 230
    Pookie snackumberger says:

    If Gordo the Bountiful were reinstated as Lord High Chancellor he would make sure there was a 0% increase for labour.

  231. 231
    Podiceps says:

    Translated literally, Yogalingam means ‘union penis’.

  232. 232
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    Am avoiding choosing fixed points to calculate an average for comparison at present as am not sure that the approach is valid.

    Dividing into a grid and doing so for each grid is more so, but then extrapolating outside of those grids is not. I need to get a better understanding of the dataset and what it actually contains first – some of my ramblings here should reflect that :-)

    Incidentally, plotting and watching the data points in this way gives a good insight into how trade patterns have developed and changed over the years. Other than seeing temperature variations, this plot also gives a picture of shipping movements at 1 day resolution. Interesting in its own right.

    Haven’t been reading Pat O’Brian, but can confirm that from the data I have been seeing the S’outh C’h!na S’ea has seen a lot of commercial shipping back to 1931 – with only a brief noticeable quiet period from N’ovember 1941 until 1945, and again Feb 1946 through Feb 1949.

    Those dates should map to events during WWII. Playing back the data set shows the magnitude of what happened in that conflict.

    The S’outh Ch!na S’ea has been quite busy from 1949 through to present :-)

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    Nigel Farage says:

    When drawing with a pencil, William Shakespeare was undecided as to which one to use: 2B or not 2B he wrote.

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    Persona non grata says:

    Mashup video over Blairs Iraq lies.

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    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    {reading hidden response, so apologies} – OR

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    UKIP or bust says:

    Ed Testical has done the maths on that and it comes out as:

    Gordo’s 0% increase + Ed Doppy Twat’s Blank sheet = eleventy seven, or nine, or maybe a bigger number.

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    Closet Gaydar says:

    <=== bleep bleep

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    non taxable pikey says:

    Should? They do. So many grandparents looking after grandchildren in Uganda etc.

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    The Guardian says:

    BBC: You really must work harder at discrediting UKIP & Tories and you really must start bigging up Labour! C’mon comrades, we’ve got to smash the Eton toffs and the waaaacist UKIPPERS. Our jobs depend on a Labour victory.

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    Ockham's Razor says:

    Back to my moniker now. Have saved that but see you have managed to post most of it up anyway now. Doing boring up-ladder stuff today but lots of interest and will come back later when able. Travelling north tomorrow so not in touch. If you ever want to share downloading large data sets like this, am only to happy to help spread the load. Could then zip (as they are fixed field) and upload by FTP to common point or even send by mail on DVD if the worst comes to the worst.

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    Ockham's Razor says:

    Noted but tied up for a while. Will get back as possible. Good stuff!

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    Anonymous says:

    Lib Dem 21% – 12% = 9%

    That’s more like it.

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    Taxpayer-funded astroturfing EU Troll says:

    Nice and dangly!

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    Watneys Party Seven says:

    Just had a toe to toe with UKIP at my door. They couldn’t answer my question on ADHD. Not a falsehood to keep loony left in jobs. Bigots.

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    Socialism is theft says:

    And it is far worse than groping young people and knowing that they will always get away with it. As long as they are Liblabcons, of course.

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    Taxpayer-funded astroturfing EU Troll says:

    Jesus H Christ on a bike! What a bunch of lunatics?

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    Ockham's Razor says:

    The things people say when they do not really mean it:

    At the time of the case, Tory councillor Paul Osborn, said: “We simply can’t afford to let individuals defraud the council of resources when they have the financial means to pay their way. – getwestlondon (my bold type.)

    Bless him! I know what he means. But he has got it round his neck rather.

    The words I have reproduced in bold are not just unnecessary, they make it appear that there are a whole heap of circumstances when one ought to defraud!

  248. 248
    Ockham's Razor says:

    The things people say when they do not really mean it:

    At the time of the case, Tory councillor P’aul Osborn, said: “We simply can’t afford to let individuals defraud the council of resources when they have the financial means to pay their way. – getwestlondon (my bold type.)

    Bless him! I know what he means. But he has got it round his neck rather.

    The words I have reproduced in bold are not just unnecessary, they make it appear that there are a whole heap of circumstances when one ought to defraud!

  249. 249
    Nick Clegg, Cockroach-in-Chief, Pervs Я Us says:

    I hate everything about the UK and I’m doing my bit to destroy it, stuk voor stuk; now I’ve got the bit between my teeth and the Church of England is in my sights.
    Resistance is futile !

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    yepBlowing Whistles says:

    Wanted – Lost White Elephant.

    Reward of millions even billions paid for return of said White Elephant – last seen between London and Manchester or there abouts…

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    JadedJean18 says:

    See rcomment @206

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    give £3/month for ummm...Cheers easy... says:

    They turned headline slot down a couple of years ago, I believe.

    Too much class, as suggested by continually being snubbed by Auntie for over 30 years…probably Depeche Mode in top 3 of all time worldwide acts… not like the Beeeeb to get it so wrong is it?

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    give £3/month for ummm...Cheers easy... says:

    Circa 1983.
    Probably too near the bone for bbc to promote white British quality!

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    Sir Cyril Smith says:

    Groping young people? That’s putting it mildly.

  255. 255
    A Ugandan doctor says:

    Your arse is for shitting out of. Nothing else. Get over it.

  256. 256
    Andre Lampitt says:

    …but all I did was draw attention to Ed Miliband’s heritage !

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    In times of crisis the cream ALWAYS rises to the top says:

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    A right fucking bastard says:

  259. 259
    George Osborne says:

    “Is that the RBS CEO? Mr McEwan? Oh, hi. Got some bad news, I’m afraid. You can only have an a European Union bonus, just 100% of annual pay.

    “Now let’s see… your salary is £1 million, so that’s only a £1 million bonus we can give you.

    “Peanuts, isn’t it? Sorry, old chap.

    “You better have £1 million a year in ‘allowances’ to see you through. Would that help?

    “And how about if we gave you a small pay rise too? Say another £1 million a year, Mr McEwan?”

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    People who take PPE degees are nonce apologists says:

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    Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, peace-maker supreme (occasional collateral damage acceptable) says:

    But of course there is – you’re living in the post-moral age which I created.

  262. 262
    Skippy says:

    I can never get my head around the idea of someone getting a year after year bonus. Surely, if a person is not already doing their job to the best of their ability, then they are not fulfilling their contract of employment. How then is it possible, to better your best, year in, year out ? Unless, of course, standards and expectations fall, year in, year out.

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    A right fucking bastard says:

  264. 264
    Taxpayer-funded astroturfing EU Troll says:

    Free speech is a Dangerous concept.

  265. 265
    A right fucking bastard says:

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    Ah! Monika says:

    I’d love to be able to join in but being computer illiterate and a one-finger-typist precludes me somewhat.

  267. 267
    Ed Miliband says:

    Hello Len, shall I bend over now?

  268. 268
    Mark Oaten says:

    Yum.

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    A certain Lib Dem MP says:

    Yum.

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    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    Do join – don’t have to be computer literate (except to pull apart the data and get it into a form that can be worked with in a reasonable time).

    G’oogle can fix illiteracy : All the above is saying: I have a big pile of numbers. I need to sort them out and draw them in a certain way to have a look and do some interpretation. I have a lot of drawings. As they are time ordered, will make a movie. Will calculate some averages to summarize – but only when it is known what can be summarized.

    Looking for evidence that reported global warming has in fact been a distortion / bad interpretation of existing data which has been mis-represented.

  271. 271
    Fact says:

    Not just some people, MOST people don’t like homosexuality.

  272. 272
    Expat Geordie says:

    Nye Bevan I believe.

  273. 273
    Expat Geordie says:

    Over 65’s don’t pay NI and have higher tax thresholds. They also vote more, so don’t expect any changes. Sensible idea though.

  274. 274
    Tony Bliar says:

    I felt the hand of history on my shoulder as I surrendered to the IRA, saving hundreds of lives in the north of Ireland, and started a war against an opponent of mussie fundamentalists, ending hundreds of thousands of lives.

  275. 275
    The Growler says:

    Oh dear, face could be more spherical, but seems that way nowadays

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    Darn, who leaked that? says:

    Those all add up to 112 % ?

  277. 277
    The Growler says:

    “Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Great Queen Street is there a hidden meaning in that address?

  278. 278
    The Growler says:

    The handyman have a way of sorting sorting them out!

  279. 279
    Nige Farage and his magic garage - a song, a dance, go on, give us a chance! Will smoke for votes! says:

    Yes… You are right! I do look like a very self satisfied Mr. Toad who knows he’s about to pull a prank!!

  280. 280
    Frank Zappa and the Mithras of Invention says:

    Our imaginary friend is far better than theirs!

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    Nige Farage and his magic garage - a song, a dance, go on, give us a chance! Will smoke for votes! says:

    Yet I have ruled myself out as PM material.

    So “who da man?” UKRAP-ers?

    Neil “brown envelope” Hamilton?

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    Sky fairies are for the lazy thinkers, inbred thickos and the power hungry says:

    I have noticed that those who are pro life are willing to kill for their belief.
    Abortion is a personal choice not a public discussion.

    Do try and keep up out there in the religious Boondocks.

  283. 283
    JH238938409328-0 says:

    East of England is packed with Eastern Europeans too.

    How dare Labour’s imported vote drones be so ungrateful?

  284. 284
    Sky fairies are for the lazy thinkers, inbred thickos and the power hungry says:

    The K does not follow you to the grave, is the reason. It dies with you.

  285. 285
    Pret a porter says:

    It would look fine on someone slim and good looking, to be fair. But on her it looks like someone has tried to gift wrap 200 lbs of soft shit and a pigs head for a 6 year old.

  286. 286
    Pliny the Welder says:

    Global warming has been superseded by Climate Change, as, embarrassingly, the globe hasn’t warmed for 15 years.

    Just for the record:

    Hottest temperature on record in East of England + 36.2*c 9 August… 1911.
    Lowest. -18.9*c 23 Jan 1963
    Sunniest year…. 1911
    Driest year ….1921
    Wettest day 26 august…..1912.

    Been a bit of a gap to bridge for the old green gravy train-ers, dontcha think?

  287. 287
    Pliny the Welder says:

    Some people believe in subverting democracy by becoming local councillors, but you don’t HAVE to bend over to help them fu€k you up the 4rse.

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    Straight and not threatened says:

    Then don’t do it.

    Sorted.

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    Straight and not threatened says:

    Neither is flying, you wanker, yet we have planes.

    If that’s the best you’ve got, don’t give up the day release.

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    The Labour Party are patronising treasonous cunts who should be held to account with a rusty bayonet says:

    Like “illegal” and “war” in the same sentence.

  291. 291
    The Labour Party are patronising treasonous cunts who should be held to account with a rusty bayonet says:

    Bleeders?

  292. 292
    The Labour Party are patronising treasonous cunts who should be held to account with a rusty bayonet says:

    Yeah, but hopefully only up in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Jockland, and as far away from the UK body politic as poss.

  293. 293
    The Labour Party are patronising treasonous cunts who should be held to account with a rusty bayonet says:

    Why don’t Labour get their pet Unions to open one then?

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    the source says:

    Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot and various other assorted nutters, all true believers in the tooth fairy who was Karl Marx. God may be everywhere, not only in the fucking sky you thick twat. You’re the lazy thinker because you cannot conceive of a god that doesn’t have a long beard, sits on throne, and probably wears hobnail boots according to the paucity of your feeble conceptual powers.

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    Anonymous says:

    CO, I’ve told you before …The Maidan putsch was funded by us, and organised by the Tusk government with Greystone support. Russia and the Ukraine have lived by side for years, and it was our destabilisation program that brought Putin into play.

    Why didn’t we think of that? I guess we’re not that bright.


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