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This post was published more than 12 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 12 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

This story of members of miners’ families being told that they were alive, only for it to turn out that the information was wrong, and all but one had died, is clearly tragic, and my thoughts are with the family and friends of the dead.  But one small thing struck me: When it was falsely announced that the miners were alive, the assembled crowds thanked god.  When it was announced that a mistake had been made and the men were actually dead, they blamed the company.  I just thought that was an interesting disparity – make of it what you will.

This 788th post was filed under: News and Comment.






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Comments and responses

Comment from Fern


by Fern

Comment posted at 20:27 on 5th January 2006.

I blame you for making me laugh while reading about a tragic event.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 20:35 on 5th January 2006.

If that’s all you blame me for, I’m not doing terribly badly 😉


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