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

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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

The incredibly popular sjhoward.co.uk toolbar has just been updated to a new version.

Still included are links to tens of the biggest national and international news sources, live-updating links to popular news websites and agencies, links to video reports from three major organisations, and the ability to search with many different search engine providers.

Added to this edition are links to hundreds of the biggest political blogs in the UK and Ireland (US blogs will be added soon), a whole new range of handy tools (including a calculator, a notepad, and a to-do list), and a few sneaky mini-games to play while your favourite websites load.

The toolbar also has a slicker new look, with better browser interface integration and new icons.

The new version will automatically cascade to current users shortly, if it has not already done so, and no action is required on their part. If you are not a current user, and wish to download the toolbar, you can now do so directly from the toolbar page.


This 1,218th post was filed under: Site Updates.

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What I’ve been reading this month / November 2019, 5 minutes long

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What I’ve been reading this month / September 2019, 6 minutes long

Some random old posts

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Eurovision: Your Decision LiveBlogged / March 2008, 12 minutes long

The assassination of JFK / May 2019, 6 minutes long

Lib Dem Mail and Labour Spam / April 2005, 6 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / July 2018, 6 minutes long

Comments and responses

Comment from Mort Karman

by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 04:23 on 7th October 2007.

There is a comment about a recent memo I sent to Simon telling him about the lack of doctors in Renfrew County, Ontario and what a beautiful area it is.
The person writes from Renfrew County and says one of the two doctors in the area, which is about the size of the U.S> state of West Virginia and has about 95,000 people has lost one of it’s two doctors to retirement.
The writer pleads for good doctors to come to Renfrew County.
He is correct when he says it is one of the best places on earth.
I urge any young doctors reading this who are considering moving to Canada to contact Pembroke General Hospital and inquire .
Frankly, I wish I was home back there.
One of the main reasons I am not is poor health and the lack of doctors in the area.
If I were a young doctor, I would much rather practice there then in some knife and gun club in a big city.
As a young journalist I worked at newspapers and had a photography business based in Foymont, Ontario and I am sorry I ever left the area.
I have been many places and made a bit of money, but Renfrew County will always be where I felt at home.

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