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If you find yourself surprised by a flurry of snow this winter, it may be because you’ve been listening to the wrong weather forecaster. According to Birmingham University, Suzanne Charlton’s predictions are best and those of Peter Cockcroft are the worst. Alternatively, you could take up forecasting yourself. Due to the “persistence effect,” you can get an accuracy score of 77 per cent just by assuming that the weather tomorrow will be the same as today’s.

It is no surprise that social workers get a bad press. A Sheffield University analysis has found that of the 15 most commonly-used descriptions…

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