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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.

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

A burglar is today behind bars after picking the wrong house to burgle. His crime was caught in full by a webcam, which the hapless thief stole along with the computer, but not before it had sent pictures of him to a website.

So says silicon.com. And, as you’d expect, they’ve got the photos to prove it:

Still, at least he doesn’t look really gormless…oh, hang on. You’ll note as an observance of tradition he has opted for the time-honoured burglar uniform of a striped jersey and swag bag – just to make it really obvious what he’s up to.

“What’s that… it looks like a camera. I don’t understand. My brain hurts so much I have to take my hat off…”

I’m sure Umbro are delighted with the chavtastic publicity.

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Comments and responses

Comment from JayDax


by JayDax

Comment posted at 23:40 on 17th November 2006.

Brilliant! Just what I need for the burglar alarm topic I’m doing at school. Did his bag have ‘SWAG’ written on it too?

I’d love to know what the court thought of these pics!


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 12:19 on 18th November 2006.

I’d love to know to, but sadly I’ve been unable to find any kind of update or follow-up to this story. If you’re more successful than me, please do let me know! 🙂


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