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This post was published more than 13 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 13 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 13 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

Whoever wrote the script for tonight’s Six needs to be sacked.

[In reference to prostitution] Fiona Mactaggart went out with police to experience the problem first-hand

Is that not libellous?

Even if it’s not, why on Earth did the next item need a live from inside a waste incinerator, with a noisy crane operating in the background? What did that add to the story? Not to mention that the package following opened with a lengthy shot of someone putting some rubbish in a bin. Just in case we didn’t know what rubbish was.

I’m not normally one to moan about these things, but that was, frankly, ridiculous.

This 800th post was filed under: Media.

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