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What is to count as evidence?

I have been driving around England for the last three weeks. I have had lots of opportunities (particularly during motorway delays) to listen to Classic FM and BBC Radio 4. A number of programs (and some of the themes in my meetings here) have been encouraging me to think about evidence. The first prompt came from a TV program I watched in my first few days here and probably sent me off on my evidence journey. Whenever I visit the UK, I hope it coincides with BBC One's Fake or Fortune program. On my recent visit I saw a great program about...

Vale Bill

Sue and I are in England at the moment. Our visit has coincided with the sad news of the sudden death of our friend, Bill McLoughlin. Bill, Sue and I were colleagues at St Mary's College (Sue from 1975, and me from 1978, up to our departure in 1986). It was with great sadness and joy that we attended Bill's funeral in St Mary's Chapel on 17 January. We met Bill's family and lots of colleagues and students at the service. Sue and I sat with Dave Sugden, Dudley Cooper, Bob Pearton and Dick Fisher. Father Perry Gildea led Bill's service and did...

Batting Parnership Profiles after Three Ashes Series 2010-2014

The 2013-2014 Ashes Series in Australia concluded on Sunday afternoon, 5 January, at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Fifteen Ashes Tests have been played since the First Test in Brisbane in November 2010. I have used ESPNcricinfo data from the three Series to compile a cumulative partnership profile for both teams: 2010-2011 (in Australia) 2013 (in England) 2013-2014 (in Australia)   Figure 1. A Comparison of the Number of Batting Partnerships Compiled by Australia and England in Three Ashes Series 2010-2014. Data for 2013-2014 are presented in Figure 2. Figure 2. A Comparison of the Number of Batting Partnerships Compiled by Australia and England in the 2013-2014 Ashes Series. Over...

Admiration, Awe and Aspiration

I have been wonderfully fortunate to spend a lot of time of late with my two grandchildren, Ivy and Jolyon. They will be my connection with the 22nd Century and I am their link with the second half of the 20th Century. Earlier this morning I was thinking about the skills they will have compared to my skills. My birth year was 1952. I have travelled into a Digital Age, Ivy and Jolyon will have no understanding of a pre-digital life. I find it hard to envisage what their world will be. I do hope that they will develop their skills in a kind, trusting,...

Batting Partnerships in the 2013-2014 Ashes Series in Australia

The 2013-2014 Ashes Series in Australia concluded this afternoon at the Sydney Cricket Ground. At the end of the Series, these are some batting partnership data extracted from ESPNcricinfo’s Partnership Graphs (2013a, 2013b, 2013c, 2013d, 2014)  Players Ranked by Runs Scored in Partnerships Players Ranked by Balls Faced in Partnerships Players Ranked by Number of Partners References ESPNcricinfo. (2013a). . Retrieved from http://www.espncricinfo.com/the-ashes-2013-14/engine/match/592397.html?view=partnership ESPNcricinfo. (2013b). . Retrieved from http://www.espncricinfo.com/the-ashes-2013-14/engine/match/592398.html?view=partnership ESPNcricinfo. (2013c).  . Retrieved from http://www.espncricinfo.com/the-ashes-2013-14/engine/match/592399.html ESPNcricinfo. (2013d).  . Retrieved from http://www.espncricinfo.com/the-ashes-2013-14/engine/match/592400.html ESPNcricinfo. (2014).  . Retrieved from http://www.espncricinfo.com/the-ashes-2013-14/engine/match/592401.html Photo Credit Members' stand SCG (Hot Gossip Productions, CC BY-ND 2.0)

Batting Partnerships after 14 Ashes Tests 2010-2013

The final Test Match of the 2013-2014 Ashes Series begins in Sydney on 3 January. After fourteen Test Matches played since 2010, the partnership profiles for both teams are: Photo Credit DSCF0037 (Daina Byrne, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Serendipity Seedlings

A friend has shared with me a copy of Roger McDonald's The Tree in Changing Light (2001). There are some delightful serendipities for me in the book. Seedlings On writing ... No genuine book has a first page. Like the rustling of a forest, it is begotten God knows where, and it grows and it rolls, arousing the dense wilds of the forest until suddenly, in the very darkest, most stunned and panicked moment, it rolls to its end and begins to speak with all the treetops at once. On planting trees ... What might come of this could only be guessed. Some time later...

Flutterings

I have been reflecting on some of the issues raised in my A road not taken post. In particular, I have been thinking about a comment left by Kate Bowles. She brought desire paths to my attention. Kate observes that the essence of a successful desire path is that it represents shared decision-making between separate users who don’t formally cooperate. So a desire path is both a coherent expression of collective effort, and completely unplanned — in fact, it’s the opposite of planning. Simply, each one puts her or his foot where it feels most sensible, and the result is a...

Partnerships in the 2013-2014 Ashes Series after Four Test Matches

This is another post about batting partnerships in the 2013-2014 Ashes Series. Data here follow the pattern shared after the Third Test. These data are extracted from ESPNcricinfo’s Partnership Graphs (2013a, 2013b, 2013c, 2013d) to compile information about: The number of batting partners for each player. The number of runs scored in total in each partnership. The numbers of balls faced in total by each partnership. Partnerships By Runs Scored Twenty-six batsmen (N=26) have batted in the four Test Matches (N=4) played to date in the 2013-2014 Ashes Series. Data from ESPNcricinfo’s Partnership Graphs for each Test Match were recorded to compile Table 1. In...

Johnny and Chris

I am not sure why, but every time I see Chris Rogers open the batting for Australia or see him diving in the field, I remember the boxer Johnny Owen. I have been thinking about this connection since Chris returned to the Australian team for the 2013 Ashes Series in England. The blow he received in the first innings of the Fourth Test in the 2013-2014 Series added to my association of the two athletes. Back in 1980, I listened to an interview with Johnny Owen in his home town of Merthyr Tydfil. He spoke about why he became a professional...