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

This post was published more than 11 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 11 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 11 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

Umbrella Watch: My cheap umbrella has survived its 1st April shower, though its plastic toggle was less pleasant than my old wooden handle. «

This 1,305th post was filed under: Diary Style Notes.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Steve Sanders


by Steve Sanders

Comment posted at 08:59 on 11th April 2008.

I really enjoyed reading about the umbrella. I have suffered a similar fate in the death of a rain-prevention device.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Steve x


Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 10:50 on 11th April 2008.

Deep in the heart of Texas a breakaway Mormon cult, run by “Prophet” Warren Jeffs, who is currently in prison, is being either investigated or intimidated depending upon if you are in the cult or not.
Authorities say the group makes young girls into sex slaves and forces them to “marry” old men and, or, have sex with them.
Jeffs has several compounds in the US and Canada and this is not the first time he and his group have been in the spotlight.
Over 400 children have been removed from the cult and are in protective custody.
Several told authorities they had been beaten and forced to have sex against their will.
There is only one possible good part of this.
Instead of being a terrorist and blowin himself up to get 70 virgins, all he has to do is join the cult.


Comment from Steve Sanders


by Steve Sanders

Comment posted at 19:33 on 11th April 2008.

How is this relevant to Umbrellas, the Vain of my life?!


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 11:47 on 12th April 2008.

Or maybe the bane of your life?


Comment from Anonymous


by Anonymous

Comment posted at 12:28 on 12th April 2008.

It is understood that several of the perverts and some of the girls in the cult use umbrellas when it rains in Texas, Rain in Texas is not often, so it builds up and then the dam bursts.
It has been raining hard here in Michigan and, as usual, my wife neatly place our brollies in the TRUNK of the car.
How, you mas ask, do you get from the house to the car without being drenched because the things are in the trunk?
The answer is it can’t be done. You get drenched.
There, now you have something about umbrells.
Now let me go about my business of being a grouichy, senile, old man!!


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