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Warning: This post was published more than 11 years ago.

I keep old posts on the site because sometimes it's interesting to read old content. Not everything that is old is bad. Also, I think people might be interested to track how my views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured!

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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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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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