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You can’t win ’em all…


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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

After holding my own in the non-aligned category of Iain Dale’s political blog rankings, I’m amused to see that overall I’ve dropped from being the 69th best political blog in the UK to, err, 198th. I guess you can’t win ’em all.

This week’s Gazette post was another eerily familiar one, though this one’s been reheated so many times now I fear it’s lost all nutritional value. Ah, well…

This 1,215th post was filed under: Notes, Site Updates, Writing Elsewhere.

Some recently published posts

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

What I’ve been reading this month / October 2019, 3 minutes long

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

What I’ve been reading this month / August 2019, 7 minutes long

A flying visit to Copenhagen / July 2019, 9 minutes long

Some random old posts

Top 20 political blogs / August 2007, 1 minute long

Review: Bringing Nothing to the Party by Paul Carr / April 2013, 2 minutes long

The date is set… / September 2005, Less than a minute long

Telegraph mistake / July 2005, Less than a minute long

Review: The Battle of $9.99 by Andrew Richard Albanese / January 2014, 3 minutes long

The BBC’s future is under threat from social media / October 2011, 10 minutes long

Comments and responses

Comment from Mort Karman

by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 23:10 on 1st October 2007.

Columbus Day is soon upon us here in the USA.
The American Indian movement has long sought to discredit the day saying it was the beginning of the end for Native Americans.
My squaw and I disagree and say all Native American (red) Indians should also celebrate this man.
Columbus is considered to be one of the greatest white European navigators of all time.
He did not discover America.
He sailed to the island of Hispaniola and thought he found India. So he called the people he met Indians.
Port Au Prince is several thousand miles from Bombay, so his navigation was way off.
Even I do not get lost by that much.
But the whites still say he was one of their best.
Every Red Indian should celebrate the day the white folks honour this man!

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