This absolutely takes the biscuit.

Yes its The Times again – (sorry its the only paper I read). Recently The Times has suffered a massive degradation of its subbing (I hope I’m pointing my finger at the right place). There are now lots of cute pictures of landscapes with captions written by the editor of Titbits. I think you can tell the offcuts by the lack of bylines. Also, you can’t find the dross in the online edition

Anyway, today, page 29 of the paper edition: “The amount of time people have spent pottering about at home or sitting around has fallen by more than half in just five years. Apart from sleep, we spend an average of 183 minutes in our homes every day, down from six hours in 2008. A survey of 1000 people in full time employment…”

No it hasn’t.

There is no mention of who has produced this rubbish, but just maybe the two surveys (if there were two) had some slight methodological difference? Because otherwise, even at a constant population, that would mean that (assuming that we each sleep for 8 hours) the number of people out and about has increased by 30% in every average minutes of every average day.

Your intrepid googler finds that the survey is by East Coast Trains, but annoyingly I can’t find the press release in order to expose the terrible methodological shortfall (whatever it is). I do find that they are extending on alcohol ban on the 09.52(!) Aberdeen to Newcastle train, which makes one think a bit.

Oh and:


A survey of 1,000 adults by East Coast trains has revealed that the popular tablet computer and internet technology now sit alongside slippers, TV and a comfy chair.

Yes – its that 1000 people again, its part of their

“brand new ‘Feel at Home’ advertising campaign which illustrates how the speed and comfort offered by its trains creates an atmosphere where passengers can relax and feel perfectly at home.”

So all is explained, its advertising – not statistics.