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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 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.

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Non á 2007Anyone who says that the French have no sense of humour is wrong. According to the BBC, a protest has been held in Nantes against, erm, the year 2007.

The group, parodying the French’s penchant for protest staged one against the New Year, called on the UN to “stop time’s mad race” and declare a moratorium on the future.

And the best bit? At midnight, when the protest failed, they started chanting “No to 2008”, and promised to be back next year, bigger and better on the Champs-Elysees.

And people say true irony is uniquely English.

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Comment from Pilgrim


by Pilgrim

Comment posted at 08:39 on 4th January 2007.

That is hillarious.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 00:52 on 5th January 2007.

Glad you liked it – your ‘Roses are Red’ poem made me smile, too!


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