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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. 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 12 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 12 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

A rather large Mark Austin of ITV News

Okay, slight exaggeration… but why did no-one realise that this looked stupid? And whatever happened to authoritatively delivered news from behind a desk?

On a more serious note, today is a day to be thinking about a true news giant. Alan Johnston, the BBC’s Gaza correspondent, has been missing for a month now. It seems so meaningless and useless in the situation, but I send all my best to Alan and his family, and I urge you, my readers, to support the BBC’s campaign for his release.

This 1,096th post was filed under: Media, News and Comment.

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