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Sir Paul Smith

Sequin | 10:11 UK time, Friday, 27 March 2009

Remember we spoke to him about cycling earlier in the week?. He was angry that there had been so little coverage of British success in the Milan-San Remo 300 kilometre one day classic. It's a real test of cycling prowess and stamina. Last weekend, the Isle of Man cyclist Mark Cavendish won it - only the second British cyclist to take the title and the first time since 1964.

Sir Paul wanted to be a professional cyclist until he had an accident at the age of 7 but he still takes a very keen interest in the sport and often writes about it on his blog here:


  • 1. At 10:50am on 27 Mar 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    His bit about the musician was the most interesting.

    Why do people have their own blogs? Do they presume their lives are so fascinating that other people will want to know all about them? Surely (no disrespect to Paul Smith) it is the height of narcissism?

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  • 2. At 11:14am on 27 Mar 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    L_S 1, You talking about yourself again, huh, are you? Or just talking...

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  • 3. At 11:18am on 27 Mar 2009, philtblog wrote:

    LS - I think there are different reasons why people do it. Some certainly just like th sound of their own voice and feel happier after being able to vent their spleen and then have other people respond to them!

    On the other hand, I think one value of blogging (and the interweb more generally) is that it alos people to form communities irrespective of geography. many personal blogs are anopportunity ofr like-minded people to find each other and talk. This is very valuable and not neccessarily vain at all. I suspect many blogs are a combination of the two.

    Some people are genuinely interesting and this formof autobiography often documents a significant period in someones life that they want to put down for other and also for themselves, which again has value, in my opinion.

    Personally, I would find it very uncomfortable talking about myself all the time on a blog but clearly that is a very personal issue.

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  • 4. At 11:57am on 27 Mar 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    pb 3, If you want to see some spleen venting, read some of the comments about columns from The Independent on their website. Most of the stuff would be deleted from this blog.

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  • 5. At 12:04pm on 27 Mar 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    How can somebody decide that they want to be a professional cyclist before the age of seven?

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  • 6. At 12:13pm on 27 Mar 2009, Hesiodos wrote:

    Blogs, like people, cannot be lumped together for praise or condemnation. Not all are autobiographical narcissism.

    Many are similar to newspaper columns, and many syndicated columnists also post their columns to their blogs, e.g. George Monbiot

    The internet is, indeed, the ultimate in "vanity publishing", but there are plenty of examples of that yielding excellent literature, e.g. Montaigne


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  • 7. At 2:14pm on 27 Mar 2009, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    Lady Sue @ 1, there has always been self-publishing of first draft stuff, just as a lot of diaries get kept for a month or so before the keeper loses interest and the entries revert to "Got up. Nothing much today." The advantage to it being in a blog is that at least no trees have been killed to produce it. The disadvantage is that everyone who blogs has left their first-draft maunderings in the public domain forever, in effect, and may when they are forty wish very much that the stuff they drivelled out when they were sixteen were safely burned. They might even wish it the first time they start trying to get a job and what they said on their fifteen-year-old blog comes back to haunt them.

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  • 8. At 2:15pm on 27 Mar 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I'm only commenting here so that the Recent Comments will say both:

    Fifi on Robert Peston

    . . . AND . . .

    Fifi on Sir Paul Smith!

    (I'll be on the Naughty Step if anyone wants me.) ;o)

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  • 9. At 2:43pm on 27 Mar 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Fifi! I'm astonished! Whatever has gotten into you today? (oops)

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  • 10. At 2:51pm on 27 Mar 2009, philtblog wrote:

    Fifi - haha, thank you, a Friday afternoon laugh, priceless. When will there be a 'Salma Hayak and Penelope Cruz' thread?

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  • 11. At 5:04pm on 27 Mar 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    I see where Mark Cavendish came in seventh in a race at the World Cycling Championships in Poland...

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