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This post was published more than 11 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 11 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

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

  • My views may well have changed in the last 11 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Just a quick note to say that this site has just registered its 10,000,000th hit – Ten Million! Over half of those have been registered this year alone, meaning that the year-to-date has generated well over twice as many hits as the whole of last year. In four-and-a-half years, I’ve generated as many hits as the BBC does in a couple of days or less… That puts it in some kind of perspective, I guess…

This 1,225th post was filed under: Notes, Site Updates.

Some recently published posts

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‘Inappropriate’ A&E attendances / April 2019, 3 minutes long

Cruise ships and me / April 2019, 6 minutes long

Some thoughts on print newspapers / April 2019, 5 minutes long

Some random old posts

The moral minority / January 2005, 2 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / August 2017, 7 minutes long

British donations top £32m mark / December 2004, Less than a minute long

Louis Walsh back on X Factor / June 2007, 1 minute long

The ‘Goth’ subculture / March 2006, 4 minutes long

Mail on Sunday vs Kaplinsky / February 2007, 1 minute long


Comments and responses

Comment from Jonathan Rothwell


by Jonathan Rothwell

Comment posted at 16:02 on 28th October 2007.

Good on you, Simon – but look on the bright side. If you did generate as many hits as the BBC in a few days, you’d be looking at a 500-page bill from 1&1… 🙂


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 17:53 on 28th October 2007.

Almost true… 1&1 don’t do my hosting, one.com do – and my transfer quota is unlimited… Which is very good thing, considering the popularity of the videos I host and post! A sudden increase in traffic would probably cause the site to stumble a bit though, as it’d take them by surprise. BBC hit levels would probably result in them booting me off their service.


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