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

This post was published more than 14 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 14 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 14 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

UFOs do not exist. It is official. The minutes of the Ministry of Defence’s Flying Saucer Working Party of 1961 were published yesterday. In the earthbound prose of official reports, they recommend no more public money should be spent on chasing UFOs.

Well who’d have thunk it? Little green men aren’t visiting us on a regular basis after all. That’s really put my mind at rest, because, as I’m sure we all have, I’ve had many sleepless nights wondering about the possibilities of being abducted by aliens.

I’m not sure this will cheer up all of those UFOlogists (what a job!) who’ve been clamouring for the release of these papers though, claiming a huge coverup was in place because Tony Blair and George Bush were in league with the Zorgons from Mars.

This really isn’t the kind if leader I expect to see in The Times. The Daily Star, maybe, but The Times, no.

This 302nd post was filed under: News and Comment.

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Decision making with Gordon Brown (published 23rd April 2008)

On astronauts getting sick in space (published 8th January 2013)

Photo-a-day 175: Coffee (published 23rd June 2012)


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