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Classic Posts: A Christmas treat


Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

SnowflakeOver the festive season, I’ll probably not be around to post on the site.

So, to fill the gap, I’ve picked out some posts from the archive that are particularly interesting for the discussion they’ve generated – discussions you may have missed if you only read posts when they are first published. Four posts have been chosen in total – one for today, one for tomorrow, one for Christmas Eve, and one for Boxing Day – and a post will appear here on the front page pointing you in the direction of these interesting nuggets. This is the first time I’ve done something like this, so I hope you like it, and I hope it encourages you to dig through the archive of over 1,000 posts more often.

Just a quick note to say that ask that in all cases, please post any comments back on the original post. I’ve arranged for these comments threads to remain open longer than usual, since they normally close after a year (which would be most unhelpful when pointing you in the direction of old posts!).

Normal service will be resumed after Christmas.

“But what’s today’s choice?”, I hear you cry! Well, appropriately for Christmas, it’s a post which generated a lot of inspirational discussion from young women who were making the best of life, despite also being mothers. It was a very short post, whose discussion is many times longer. The original article referenced in the post is well worth a read too, if you missed it first time round. The post is: Being a teenage mum, originally posted back in September 2005.

I hope you enjoy the read!

This 1,016th post was filed under: Classic Posts.

Some recently published posts

What I’ve been reading this month / October 2019, 3 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / September 2019, 6 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / August 2019, 7 minutes long

A flying visit to Copenhagen / July 2019, 9 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / June 2019, 6 minutes long

Some random old posts

Why do people read rubbish? / March 2004, 2 minutes long

‘Selling’ RFID / February 2005, 2 minutes long

Pretty amazing Christmas lights / November 2005, Less than a minute long

Electoral reform – or the lack of it / May 2005, 2 minutes long

Summer Books: Looking back / September 2008, 2 minutes long

Conservative MP defects to Labour / January 2005, 2 minutes long

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