#650: The Chester By-Election and Apocalyptic Numbers

#650: The Chester By-Election and Apocalyptic Numbers

In Chester, where I live in Northwest England, we are preparing for a by-election on the 1st December where we will elect a new Member of Parliament (MP). Our previous MP resigned and it has been a rush to nominate candidates and canvass for all parties. The MP for...
#19: The Pandemic, Prime Numbers and Taxicab Numbers

#19: The Pandemic, Prime Numbers and Taxicab Numbers

By September 2022 most people I knew had had COVID-19. In our house we had somehow managed to avoid it. However, come the beginning of October, we had both tested positive and were very ill. Now we have both tested negative and feel quite a bit better but still have...
8,730: A Shortage of Doctors and Odious Numbers

8,730: A Shortage of Doctors and Odious Numbers

We donโ€™t have enough doctors in the UK: weโ€™re about 12,000 short of where we (apparently) should be. In 2019, 8,730 students graduated with a medical degree in the UK. There is a cap on the number as the training is subsidised by the government and also the students...