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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 10 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 10 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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 seen my first Christmas display of the year in Marks and Spencer. They do know it’s only 16th September, right? «

This 1,370th post was filed under: Diary Style Notes, , , .

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Comments and responses

Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 12:57 on 17th September 2008.

Does Christmas have to have “political correct” aspects over there?
Many places here have been told Santa Claus is not to say “Ho,Ho,Ho” because it implies a negative image of women.
I suppose the next logical step would be to ban the Red Nosed Reindeer because it implies that those animals are drunks.
Many towns ban a Nativity Scene on public land such as in front of the town hall or courthouse because it supposedly offends non Christians.
But the ultimate was the incident in Denver, Colorado a few years ago when a man in a Santa Claus suit was arrested on charges of soliciting for prostitution. He was walking down Colfax Street (a known area for prostitution) shouting “Ho, Ho, Ho!”


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 20:46 on 18th September 2008.

Yep, Christmas does have to be politically correct over here – There’s the perennial story of the time Birmingham tried to rebrand it “Winterval” (though this is largely urban myth), but nothing much seems to have been said about “Ho Ho Ho” yet!


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