Out of the Blue – September 2016

Out of the Blue

Interesting snippets from the world of data

This month we look at weddings, online advertising, the refugee crisis and one last look at the Olympics

Be a wedding trend-setter!

When are the most and least popular times of the year to get married and how have marriage trends changed in the UK? If you’re thinking of getting married soon then this article might help you pick a date.

Shifting Online Landscape

The landscape of online advertising has changed dramatically since the internet’s inception, and there are some interesting trends going forward.

The Refugee Crisis Visualised

The refugee crisis in Europe is a hot topic right now and this fantastic visualisation will really help you appreciate the scale of the problem — not to mention the visualisation looks great too!

Who is the fastest Gold Medal Winner?

Have a great Month and see you next time!


Out of the Blue – August 2016 (Olympics Special)

Out of the Blue – Olympics

Interesting snippets from the world of data

I hope you are samba-ing down the street and getting into the Rio Olympics. This month Brightblue are Copacabana hot on Olympic stats.


A Bolt out of the Blue

He is so so fast, but how fast is he compared with previous 100m medal winners.


Go team GB

Team GB is having the best away Olympics ever. How many medals have GB and all the other countries won in the past and in which sport.

Olympic Domination

Which countries have Dominated the summer Olympics through the years?


Try my amazing caipirinha recipe… In a tumbler:
– squeeze 1 lime (I like it Limey)
– Add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
– Add crushed ice
– Pour in 40ml Cachaca and stir.

That should get you Samba-ing…

Happy Olympic August, Amy

Out of the Blue – July 2016

Out of the blue

Interesting snippets from the world of data

This month you can see what you look like in the style of Van Gogh, how the US election is shaping up  as well as settling the age old debate about what time brunch is. For those who haven’t had enough of the EU referendum you can see the results in a Lego map.


How would you look in a Van Gogh painting?
If you want to know what you’d look like in the style of van Gogh or other artistic styles simply upload an image to Deepart.
US Election Forecaster
With the nominations confirmed the 2016 election is set to be Clinton vs Trump. Find out all you need to know about the election, including the key swing-states to keep an eye on.
Brunch Brunch Brunch!
Social media data can be used to answer many questions – including when exactly does brunch start?

EU Referendum Mapped in Lego
The surprise result in the EU referendum has produced a plethora of data and charts showing the results. But have you seen it in Lego-form?


See you in August.

Out of the Blue – June 2016

Out of the blue

Interesting snippets from the world of data

This month we’ll naturally be looking at the EU Referendum as well as the football, but for those that have heard enough about Europe we also take a look at Westeros for your last Game of Thrones fix before the season finale.


June 2016 - Referendum
Are EU in our Out?
If you simply can’t wait for David Dimbleby to bring you all the action from the EU referendum, why not try out YouGov’s referendum forecaster to see if we remain or leave?
June 2016 - Football
Football Forecaster
Our fate with the EU hangs in the balance, but how much longer will England, Wales and Northern Ireland remain in the Euros? Input your results to this predictor to see who you think will go the distance.
May 2016 - GoT
Game of Thrones Goes to Business School
Is your management style less Daenerys Targaryen and more Tywin Lannister? Answer a few questions to find out how you’d survive in Westeros. (Spoiler free!)
May 2016 - Rights

Gay Rights Through The Ages
Find out how Gay rights have changed since France legalised homosexuality in the late 1700’s.


See you in July.

Out of the Blue – May 2016

Out of the blue

Interesting snippets from the world of data

This month’s newsletter is highly topical, with data on the US election and EU referendum here in the UK plus a look at the science behind Leicester City’s emphatic EPL victory.


Trump and Clinton make history
Both Trump and Clinton are more disliked in America than any other nominee at this point in the presidential cycle. By a country mile.

How women can win at dating
Who sends more messages? Who gets more replies? Would you split the dinner bill on a first date? OKCupid reveals the similarities and differences between men and women, and shows how women can win at dating

Fluky foxes

Leicester City weren’t lucky, they were the best on and off the pitch this season. They used a lot of science – have you ever tried a Nordboard or been in a -135C ice chamber? Find out what you’ve been missing…



Should I stay or should I go now?
This interactive poll tracker shows how many people want to stay and how many want to go in the great EU referendum. There are some stark differences between geographies, sexes, ages and political parties.



It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes
April was the seventh month in a row where the temperature was more than 1C hotter than the 1951-80 average for that month. Yikes. Check out this animation for a bit of perspective.

By the way, we have moved to a new workspace down Corsham St in Old St.  Drop by for a coffee or a beer (it’s free, all day every day!).

Hope you’ve had a great May – see you in June.

Terry Fribence

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