Statistical wits show their humour has a broad side…

The staff in the Statistical Office in Jamestown clearly have no doubts about the importance of their work, but it appears they might benefit from a ramrod when it comes to persuading other people of it.

St Helena is undergoing unprecedented transition, writes chief number-cruncher Dr Paula McLeod on the International Year of Statistics website. It is vital, she says, that the government, businesses, investors and the public have the figures they need to plan for the island’s bright future, post-airport.

So far, so serious. But then comes the picture caption:

The staff of the St Helena Statistics Office (from left) Justine Joshua, Kelly Clingham, Dr Paula McLeod and Natasha Stevens stand next to the cannon that flanks the entrance to the statistics office and serves as a reminder to passersby of the importance of statistics for evidence-based decision-making.

Readers are welcome to suggest witty pay-off lines. Your editor lacks the courage.

LINK: Around the world in statistics – St Helena

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