I won't be doing this again until I'm asked to include a much more thorough investigation of statistics in the book that I'll soon be compiling.
If said book does miraculously become published, I hope that one day you'll enjoy reading it whilst sitting in the smallest room in the house and trying to squeeze out the previous night's cottage pie.
I love to keep books by my Boss Hogg. Just in case you're interested and frankly I don't care if you're not, the readable objects that are currently sitting next to my blocked toilet are:
1)Soggy and dog-eared copy of The Da Vinci Code
2)Sun Sport's 'Goals' section so the Premiership league table can be analysed in the bath
3) A free edition of some property magazine that I got through the post. I like looking at pictures of posh houses bathed in sunshine
4)Tiny little book about golf anecdotes that my secret santa bought me 3 years ago
5)A-to-Z of London
6)CD cover of the Soundtrack of the film Lost in Translation.
There you go, fascinating.
So here's my final crack at some stats: (Latest are in green, Day 124's are in white, Day 64's are in blue)
Time Elapsed - 7 months 10 days - 98.7% of my time, Day 124 - 58% of time elapsed, Day 64 - 25% of time elapsed
Letters sent: 478 out of 500 - 95.6% 297 out of 500 - 59.4% 118 out of 500 - 23.6%
Replies: 102 out of 478 - 21.34% 52 out of 297 - 17.5% 17 out of 118 - 14.4%
Non replies 374 out of 478 - 78.66% 245 out of 297 - 83.5% 101 out or 118 - 85.6%
Surname initial most likely to reply - Two still lead the way - 'B' (Cherie Blair, Tony Blair, David Baddiel, Iain Banks, Clare Balding, Geoff Boycott, Derren Brown, Richard Branson, Fiona Bruce, Edith Bowman, Tom Baker Gary Bushell) whilst also on 12 replies is 'M' (John Motson, John Major, Patrick Moore, Bernard Matthews, Davina McCall, Chris Morris, John McRirick, Ian McKellen, Andrew Marr, Chris Martin, Alistair McGowan, Dermot Murnaghan).
Breakdown of letters sent by gender: Male 283/297 - 95.28% Female 113/118 - 95.76% Male 223/297 - 75.1% Female 74/297 - 24.9% Male 95/118 - 80.5% Female 23/118 - 19.5%
Breakdown of replies by gender: Male 88/283 - 31.09% Female 14/113 - 12.39% Male 44/223 - 15% Female 8/74 - 10.8% Male 17/95 - 17.9% Female 0/23 - 0%
Meetings had or arranged: 54 out of 478 - 11.3% 23 out of 297 - 7.7% 7 out of 118 - 6%
Good to see that all the stats are up but obviously the final one remains the all important one. Remember, I told Michael with drunken bravado in the Crown all those months ago that I'd attain 20% of my meetings.
I won't, but such is life.
Finally, whilst mentioning numbers I'd just like to touch upon yesterday's mention of the Number's Game, as I've had a couple of emails about it.
Firstly, you're quite right Tina, in theory going up to 1,000 women and telling them that you find them beautiful could be regarded as 'sleazy or seedy' or the other thing you said, but I suppose such slurs are a natural by-product of this modus operandi.
However I'd counter your argument by suggesting that sleaziness or seediness very much depends upon how you pay someone a compliment. I personally tend not to use lines like "Aw'right gorgeous, you can call off the search, you're Prince has arrived". In addition, I don't think giving someone a compliment about their beauty really hurts anyone.
Now on to poor sweet Gemma, you're email made me smile.
When I was discussing Nash's Equilibrium and wrote 'see A Beautiful Mind', I should have clarified that 'A Beautiful Mind' isn't the title of one of my posts on this website, so you won't find it, however hard you look.
It's the name of a Ron Howard film starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly and is about the troubled life of the brilliant mathematician.