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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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

Gazette LiveYou can now read this stuff what I write in other places. Wooooo!

I’m now also writing for a collection of Gazette Community websites, which are linked in with the local Trinity Mirror’s Teesside local newspaper title, the Evening Gazette. I’m writing for several different ‘Communities’, under the title ‘Simon Says…’. I’ll post a quick link on this site every time I post something new on that one, just in case you happen to be interested enough to click through.

This 1,146th post was filed under: Site Updates, Writing Elsewhere.

Some recently published posts

What I’ve been reading this month / January 2020, 11 minutes long

The Tyne Pedestrian and Cycle Tunnels: eight years on / January 2020, 8 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / January 2020, 7 minutes long

Faber Stories / December 2019, 4 minutes long

My favourite books of 2016 / December 2019, 26 minutes long

Some random old posts

Sponsor me to spell (please!) / January 2012, 1 minute long

The countryside is threatened by sheep / July 2013, Less than a minute long

A geeky in-joke / November 2011, Less than a minute long

MSN Search / January 2005, 1 minute long

Review: Just My Type by Simon Garfield / March 2014, 3 minutes long

Internet platform hegemony and free speech / June 2013, Less than a minute long

Comments and responses

Comment from Mort Karman

by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 21:58 on 11th June 2007.

Nice to see you go from being a “rich” doctor to an underpaid journalist. Community journalism is a lot of fun and very rewarding-but very little money.
Years ago when I used to lecture on “how to be a successful photojournalist” I would pull out a package of my then wife’s birth control pills and say “this is the secret-get some for your wife or girl friend and make sure she takes them because she will have to hold down a good job so you can have fun and be creative.”
I wish you good luck in this new semi-profession. Perhaps some day you to will be barred from Yahoo QA.

Comment from Mort Karman

by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 22:11 on 11th June 2007.

I thought it was about time I updated you on my past wives.
I told you about the first one who was a witch and divorced me because I could not spel.
Wife number 2, Linda was a red Indian. She was not a Navahoe, nor an Arapahoe- she was a plain old Ho.
Back in Denver linda ran the tribal lodge.
If you ask anyone who knew her back in the old days they will tell you -Linda ran the local Ho House.
I will never forget a time when the local police were looking for a fellow who would call for a prostitute and then beat up the girl if she would not agree to let him be her pimp.
When the detective asked one of the victims to describe the man she said “well-it sort of leaned over towards the left”- “I mean his face,” said the detective. “I don’t know, that was not the part I was looking at,” said Kathy.
Next time I will tell you about wife number 3-Babe-a pig in the city.

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 09:43 on 12th June 2007.

Thanks for the good wishes… and the story of No 2. Your stories always make me smile 🙂

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