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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 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.
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  • Factual information might be outdated.
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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Suspected human-to-human bird flu transmission in Vietnam (New Scientist)

This is an extremely important development, and should be topping news bulletins not buried in amongst the ‘In Briefs’. It is very, very worrying, especially bearing in mind that we’re due for a ‘flu pandemic. This is showing all the signs of being the beginning of this global crisis, and the fact that it’s now being transmitted human-to-human is a major step towards disaster.

This has me worried, and that doesn’t happen very often. Keep a very careful watch on this story.

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