It’s a shame compare-stuff doesn’t let you compare three things, but never mind. Here we go with “Labour Party” vs. “Conservative Party” compared over recent years:

And here’s “Labour Party” vs “Liberal Democrats”:

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Let’s start by comparing some old-school drugs, cannabis and cocaine, and their relative occurrence on web pages containing the numbers 2004 to 2010. In other words, let’s see how their web-popularity has changed in recent years:

They are almost identical. Let’s try another two, MDMA and heroin:

Again they are very similar, but with a slight tailing off for MDMA (harder to make in the UK since 2008).

Now let’s try mephedrone and cocaine. The difference is massive.

Meanwhile, it is almost completely absent from the medical literature.

With Ryanair in the news “blaming high passenger taxes and rising charges” for its cutbacks at London Stansted, you might be thinking “Hang on a minute, but Ryanair are the masters of hidden taxes and charges!”. Well let’s see who is most moaned about on the web in this respect:

Surprisingly, BMI Baby tops the charts for “hidden charges”, with Ryanair and EasyJet coming in a close second and third. The results for “stranded” aren’t as you might expect. It seems that Lufthansa had a well reported strike which left thousands stranded. I doubt the unions are very strong at Ryanair… I guess you want to try the phrase “I was stranded”, that should reflect customer opinion better.

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However, none of the following graphs will make any accusations of misconduct or mental instability whatsoever.

To mark the passing of the King of Pop, I have introduced a new category for the X-axis: “famous dead people”. By this I mean famous people who died a bit too soon.

Recently deceased Michael Jackson won’t be remembered for his musical talents, at least in comparison to Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.

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Well I’ll add a token graph but most of you probably want to punch Bob Crow for ruining your day (if you live or work in London, UK).

The graph below sums him up perfectly. Bob Crow is a hostile, pessimistic ~@^&er. Click on the plot to get a (slightly more) legible version!

Well this swine flu really caught us by surprise didn’t it? After months of worry about avian flu a while back, now it’s really happening, but coming from the other side of the planet.

Here’s a plot of “swine flu” and “avian flu” vs. recent months:

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Well here’s a nice bit of search engine trend news: search engine query traffic detects outbreaks, and there’s accompanying paper in Nature. Can we compete with that? Not really, but here’s a plot anyway:

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In the week that Amazon announce their new Kindle 2 ebook reader, let’s look to see how ebooks are doing vs. their more established paper counterparts:

ebook vs. paperback

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Not really, it’s just a catchy headline to point out the problem with correlation being confused with causation. Here’s a plot I just made with the current sporting event (better not name it in case I get sued) in mind:

There’s a strong correlation between smog and human rights abuses, but we can’t say that one is causing the other!

Forget the US elections, things are hotting up in London’s mayoral race. Any PR is good PR for Boris Johnson it seems. His web visibility is rising faster than Ken Livingstone’s…

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