Meeting a Celebrity

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was produced by the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim was to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining.

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A few years ago, my wife and I attended a play at the Mill at Sonning, where we go only every few years. Geoffrey Palmer appeared in the play. The very next morning I had to go to London by train, again something I rarely do. Ascending the escalator at Waterloo, I passed Geoffrey Palmer coming down the other side.
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On 23 April 2011 I was watering my garden with a watering can, because my hose fitting had broken. I had emptied the can a dozen times when I came to the empty bird bath, which clearly needed more than a watering rose to fill. At that very moment the rose of the watering can popped off, leaving me with aatisfactory jet

For some years I had been using 2 mugs. The first was a black one, with gold Chinese designs, bought in Hong Kong 38 years ago; it had been chipped and relegated to a show shelf. The second, a muted orange with camel decoirations had been purchased in Aden just over 50 year ago. It was on the day before Father's Day that we noticed a chip on this mug, so relegated that one too. Then on Father's Day itself my son Trevor presented me with a Father's Day present of a mug with a picture of himself as a little boy on it, so clearly in preparation some time before my need became apparent.