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August 2, 2013
by Neil Turner
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It’s been over a week since I last blogged. I haven’t been all that busy but I also haven’t had a lot of inspiration for potential blog entries either. With a bit of luck, some ideas will come to me over the next few days. There will be the usual automatic link dump from Delicious tomorrow, of course.

July 4, 2012
by Neil Turner
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Although I normally only post once a day I had a few thoughts about Independence Day which are probably best posted today, since it’s, well, today. Some people have said that it’s a bit odd for us Brits to wish our American friends a Happy Independence Day, what with the whole point of the day being the celebration of America gaining independence from Britain. The analogy being that it’s like giving your ex-spouse a ‘Congratulations on your divorce’ card.

I disagree. To use the ex-spouse analogy, I feel that we should be happy for what America has achieved since its independence – becoming one of the most populated and powerful nations on earth, with large, innovative companies and a commitment to civil liberties like free speech. And how many people will have spent today making mildly derisory comments about America on their smartphone, which, if it’s an iPhone or Android phone, uses software from American companies? Or made comments on Twitter or Facebook – again, American companies? And all while using the internet which was originally started by the US Military.

We have a lot to thank America for. So as well as wishing my American friends a Happy Independence Day, I’d like to thank America for all of the things it has done to make our lives better, both for its citizens and the rest of the world.

(Also, as of next May when I get married, I’ll have some American in-laws…)

May 25, 2012
by Neil Turner
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Birthday Slice

It’s my birthday again today. I now only have two years of my twenties left. I’ll be spending it in London.

September 28, 2011
by Neil Turner
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This is a bonus post for today, consider yourselves lucky…

So today is Positive Bradford Day – “a giant showcase for all that’s good about Bradford”. So I posted to Facebook, Twitter and Google+ the message ‘Happy Positive Bradford Day!’.

  • On Facebook, 5 of my friends liked it, but no comments
  • On Twitter, nobody replied, favourited or re-tweeted it
  • On Google+, I had 2 derisory comments, one from a friend and one from some random stranger in Bradford (it was set to be publicly viewable)

Make of that what you will.