ELAUCTION DAY 2015 – A Tessellation for the UK National Elections 7th. May 2015.

May 7th. 2015 is Polling Day, when some of us UK electors turn out to vote for our new PARISH COUNCIL members as well as for other Local Government representatives – and, oh yes, for MP’s , national Members of Parliament, too and thus for the Government over the next five years. As usual the two major political parties, whose origins, long ago, lie in LAND and LABOUR appear to have no discernably different policies other than to see who can blatantly promise the biggest handouts to most people. This time, however,they are beset on all sides by minor parties snapping at their heels. These parties, mostly of more recent formation, ACTUALLY HAVE POLICIES you can disagree with.

Here is a tessellation to mark the date of the ELAUCTION, Trefoil Lattice Labyrinth (7,5), which I have elaborated in an attempt to represent the situation visually.

Trefoil (7,5) Auction 2015

The six central supertiles in Labour and Tory colours consist of 654 triangles, just 4 more than the number of seats in the House of Commons. Maybe the extra four are ghostly Elephants in the Chamber, unable to take up their seats and which no party mentions.

Here are some links to the inexpensive how-to-do-it  Lattice Labyrinths workbook which is available from the publisher or you-know-who , or from a good independent bookshop or via Google.


About davescarthin

After terminating academic and local government careers, long an independent bookseller/publisher at Scarthin Books, Cromford, Derbyshire, UK. An antiquarian bookseller in two senses, I now have more time to be an annuated independent post-doc, developing the long dormant topic of lattice labyrinth tessellations - both a mathematical recreation and a source of compelling practical tiling and textile designs. Presenting a paper and experiencing so many others at Bridges Seoul 2014 Mathart conference was a great treat, as were the spirited MathsJam Annual Conferences in November 2016 and 2017. I'm building up to a more academic journal paper and trying hard to find practical outlets in graphic design and landscape architecture. I submitted 8 ft square tiling designs to the Wirksworth Festival Art and Architecture Trail in 2016 and 2017. I love giving illustrated talks, tailored to the audience. Get in touch to commission or to collaborate.
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2 Responses to ELAUCTION DAY 2015 – A Tessellation for the UK National Elections 7th. May 2015.

  1. ivasallay says:

    Pretty cool!


    • davescarthin says:

      – thanks, but maybe I should add in Sinn Fein, the Irish Nationalist Party, which wins seats for Northern Ireland in the UK parliament but their MP’s do not take their seats (which would I think involve an oath of allegiance). The post on your prime number is waiting in the wings.


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