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This post was published more than 14 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 14 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 14 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

The best estimates suggest between one and three in every 1,000 patients given a general anaesthetic wake up during their operations

I had no idea that this was so relatively common. I guess it’s actually quite scary if you think about it. But you have to wonder what exactly is meant by ‘best’ estimates – do they just mean ‘best’ in the context of the article (ie the scariest) figures?

Another thing which has surprised me this week is a review which claims fifty percent of smokers will have their lives shortened by smoking by between ten and sixteen years. I knew smoking was very bad for you, but even I didn’t realise it was quite that bad. Not that this changes my position on smoking bans.

This 362nd post was filed under: News and Comment.

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Some random old posts

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Money matters: Doctors vs Teachers / March 2006, 2 minutes long

Blair: Talk about the future, not about the future / September 2006, 1 minute long


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