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This is the end

As ex-readers may have noticed, this is an ex-blog.

The end came quickly, as I thought it might, but kind of hoped it wouldn’t.

I’ve got lots to do, and not that much time.  Some of what I do will change people’s lives for the better, and some of it won’t.  But if there’s one thing Dr Rieux in La Peste* and Rossmann in Amerika taught me, you’ve got to bleeding try.  So the blogging’s got squeezed to the point of no return.

It’s not the end of me completely in written form; I’m planning to pop up in written form in other places, and I’ve not forgotten my commitment to part 2 of the Habermas post, or my follow up to Gove as fascist post, but both these starter essays, and others, have got me reading more voraciously, scribbling more incoherently and even thinking thoughts occasionally, more than I thought they would, and blog-based follow ups that no-one reads anyway now no longer seems to fit.

If you’re stuck for something to read, go re-read Stumbling and Mumbling.  Chris is basically right.

Bye then.


*  “None the less, he knew the tale he had to tell could not be one of final victory.  It could only be the record of what had had to be done, and what assuredly would have to be done in the never-ending fight against terror and its relentless onslaughts.”

Categories: General Politics
  1. May 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Well, I can’t let this go by without leaving a comment.

    For better or worse, I blog on the open web because of Dave.

    For better or worse, I’ve struggled to understand most of the posts on TCF, with the certainty that like secondary school mathematics, something truly worthwhile was escaping my ken.

    For better or worse, and perhaps for the greater integrity of this site, I was once given the opportunity to post here and refused to do so: out of the certainty that my content can in no way encapsulate the learning this site has engendered.

    Yes. Chris *is* generally right, and also is so concisely – but he’s never been so with quite the bad manners TCF posts have pleasurably exhibited.

    TCF finally closing down is like losing a friend you always assumed would always be there. Only friends also die, don’t they? And this is what this is all about.

    I do hope the site stays online. I’ll pay for it to do so if no one else cares to. I believe it’s now in the British Library, but broken links will surely multiply on an already breaking web if you don’t keep it online.

    Please reconsider at least this last point. I’ll be eternally grateful.

    Or, at least, until *I* die.

  2. BigDave
    May 13, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Cheers, mate. Good luck and thanks a lot for putting your thoughts down in public. Always stimulating.

  3. May 13, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Where did this idea that blogs have to be updated every day or every week come from?

    If we’re following you on RSS or twitter we’ll know if and when you do an update.

    And its still a reasonable format to publish the occasional essay in.

    So by all means give up blogging but don’t give up the blog.

  4. May 13, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Fuck, I only just saw this. You’ll be massively missed :( Can we at least request the occasional guest post on the Third Estate?

  1. May 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm

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