The Peterborough Anomaly

My wife has kept an old Cray supercomputer in the back parlour for years.  We’ve always used it to air clothes on and dry boots.  And it’s a favourite place for the cat to sleep as it hums away performing its 1012 floating point operations per second.  Anyway, The Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society membership database has been growing quite steadily and we decided we would use the old Cray to do some statistical analyis of our members.  What we found was quite startling.  Look at this membership distribution graph :

TPAS membership by county

A modest cluster of TPAS members in Wales and  Devon as we might expect.  Similarly a slightly higher frequency of memberhip in the south east which also comprises London so not out of the ordinary.  But the enormous spike of members per million per capita in Cambridgeshire completely flabbered our ghast.  If this were a scientific data-set then this would be more than statistically significant – it might be considered definite proof of something. But what?  Luckily our data resolution is such that we can drill-down into the data to analyse on a town by town basis.  See Fig 2.

TPAS membership by county

The graph showed a fairly even distribution across all the towns and villages according to their respective population. But then look what happens at Peterborough. What is it about this low-lying fenland town that compels so many of its citizens to appreciate telegraph poles enough to join the only society in the whole world dedicated to appreciating them?

Could it be the far-reaching fenland vistas allows Peterburgers uncluttered perpectives as telegraph poles disappear off in to the distance? Who knows? But maybe we should consider holding the next Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society Annual Conference in Peterborough.