October 23rd, 2007

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Probably, the most pointless survey in the world

Some people seem to want to go out of their way to reinforce national stereotypes. I bring you the results of, probably the most pointless survey I have ever heard of. Has no-one grasped that we are all individuals and different to each other?


Brits less popular after Europeans get to know them


BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A poll of Europeans showed people of different nationalities liked each other more after getting to know each other, except in the case of the British -- who became less popular.

A project organized by the Notre Europe think tank brought together 362 citizens from 27 EU states for two days of deliberations in Brussels last weekend.

They were asked their views on a range of issues before and after the event, including how much they liked or disliked German, French, Polish, Italian, British and Spanish people.

The Spaniards were most popular with 78.6 percent approval at the end of the weekend. The Poles the least with 67 percent.

But all nationalities gained in popularity, bar the British who went from a 70.3 percent approval rating at the start of the weekend to 68.1 percent by the end.

Professor James Fishkin of Stanford University in the United States, who developed the polling technique used, urged some caution about the findings.

"I would be careful about drawing too much inference about people disliking the British -- it's small and not significant, but you know, it is what it is, and it did happen that way."Fishkin said he did not think France's defeat by England in the rugby World Cup semi-final in between the two polls had had an influence, even though the number of French participants in the survey was disproportionately high.

Wanaka tree

Random photos

I just fancied posting some random photos that are sitting in my scrapbook. They were either posted a long time ago, or I never got round to posting them at all. A lot of them are from New Zealand, so they are always worth looking at again and again and again and.....

So, how about a little randomness? 

Sea urchins found on Parapara Beach, Golden Bay

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