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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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

This story of members of miners’ families being told that they were alive, only for it to turn out that the information was wrong, and all but one had died, is clearly tragic, and my thoughts are with the family and friends of the dead.  But one small thing struck me: When it was falsely announced that the miners were alive, the assembled crowds thanked god.  When it was announced that a mistake had been made and the men were actually dead, they blamed the company.  I just thought that was an interesting disparity – make of it what you will.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Fern


by Fern

Comment posted at 20:27 on 5th January 2006.

I blame you for making me laugh while reading about a tragic event.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 20:35 on 5th January 2006.

If that’s all you blame me for, I’m not doing terribly badly 😉


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