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Radical Statistics conference 2013

February 24, 2013

I spent yesterday at a conference organised by ‘Radical Statistics‘, a group aiming to ‘use statistics as part of campaigns for progressive social change’. It was a fascinating day, with sessions on the legacy of Rowntree’s ‘A Study of Poverty and Town Life’, discussion of cuts to the UK Census, the book ‘The Spirit Level’ […]

Dore research ‘is rubbish’, but I still can’t tell you so

December 17, 2009

The Dore website dore.co.uk has been redesigned recently. In the process they seem to have ‘lost’ all mention of the ‘Balsall Common’ study (Reynolds, Nicholson, Hambly, 2003; Reynolds & Nicholson, 2006), which though heavily criticised was the only research on Dore published in a peer-reviewed journal. They also seem to have dropped the various bits […]

ITV Yorkshire do Dore anecdote

September 28, 2009

Hi all, I’ve not vanished, just had a summer job which mostly involved being in muddy fields far from the Internet. For anyone else in Yorkshire, ITV Yorkshire are going to be doing a Dore anecdote / free advertising tonight in the 6 o’clock ‘news’. I’ve phoned them up this afternoon and explained the background […]

Dore NZ ‘voluntary liquidation’

April 16, 2009

Oh no, not again… Company Number 1259796 View Certificate Of Incorporation Company DORE GROUP (NZ) LIMITED (IN LIQ) EMAIL CERTIFICATE Incorporated 27-NOV-2002 View Online Extract Entity Type Company EMAIL EXTRACT Constitution Filed Yes CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING Annual Return Filing Month June Print This Page Status Details Current Status In Liquidation From To Previous Status […]

You & Yours on Dore coming up

August 12, 2008

‘Fri 15th August You and Yours, 12.00-1.00pm 12.30: Face the Facts: The Dore Programme: controversial treatment for dyslexia has gone bust.’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/newsletter/ Probably be on Listen Again here afterwards: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/facethefacts/ May be interesting – particularly in light of the appalling record of You and Yours as a vehicle for Dore advertorial, including an interview & […]

I’m Dave Walker

August 4, 2008

To follow up my previous post on Cartoon Church & SSGT, I’m re-publishing all Dave Walker’s original posts on SPCK on my blog as a PDF (Thanks to Matt Wardman for putting these together). I do not believe that SSGT should be allowed to use legal bullying to prevent some very mild-mannered comments from a […]

‘Cartoon Church’ blog target of legal bullying

July 23, 2008

This post isn’t anything to do with Psychology, it’s just a quick note to help out a fellow blogger whose work I like. For those of you who haven’t realised, I’m one of those annoying God-botherers, of the quieter Quaker variety. Grumpier atheist readers may wish to restrict themselves to looking at the pretty picture […]

I’m offline for a bit

June 25, 2008

Just to let anyone who wants to know know, I’ll be offline for a couple of weeks – may occasionally pick up emails to brainquack at gmail dot com, but I won’t be on blogs & forums & stuff. I’ll be away completely for the next fortnight, probably not be online more than occasionally until […]

Wynford buys assets, staff & clients remain unpaid

June 20, 2008

The ‘Sun’ newspaper today claimed that Wynford Dore had brought the assets – but not the liabilities – of the Dore programme from the administrators, at least in the UK. The Dore treatment may keep going in some form, but staff & clients won’t get their money back. This letter from Wynford (PDF) suggests Dore […]

DORE shut

May 24, 2008

*updated with info on administrators, Friday 31st May* DORE UK have shut down, officially confirmed. ‘It is with great regret that we have to announce that Dore has been put into the hands of advisors. As a result Dore is closing all of the UK centres which deliver the Dore Programme with immediate effect. We […]