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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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

MSNBC’s Jeff Jarvis is linking to me as an example of a ‘British blog’ sticking up for Prince Charles. I love the idea of some American saying ‘British blog’ in that slighly perjorative way Americans talk about anything British. I’d try and type what I mean fone-etical-ee, but I don’t think I’d get very far. So if you get what I mean, you’re on the same wavelength as me, and should be very worried for your sanity. Just a shame he didn’t avail himself of the trackback facilities.

This 526th post was filed under: Headliner.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Jeff Jarvis


by Jeff Jarvis

Comment posted at 17:26 on 20th April 2005.

OK, I give up: What’s wrong with calling a Briton British? Should I call you a Great Briton?


Comment from sjhoward


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 22:22 on 20th April 2005.

There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s perfectly fine… much better than ‘Great Briton’. There’s just something amusing about the way American people refer to us like some kind of tiny unevolved nation as opposed to the Great American Dream, that’s all. Whatever epithet you choose, the sentiment would still be the same. Please don’t take it as a criticism, as it’s certainly not meant as one! And keep up the fantastic work, I love reading your site!


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