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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 320,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 14 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 775 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2781 posts.

The busiest day of the year was March 30th with 1,682 views. The most popular post that day was Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were sonstrust.wordpress.com, almax.wordpress.com, snptacticalvoting.com, expectingrain.com, and jackdeighton.co.uk.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for the far side, labrador, far side, donkey, and chinchilla.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour March 2010
7 comments

2

The Far Side by Gary Larson April 2008
4 comments

3

Canine Family Tree April 2009
9 comments

4

Unusual Buildings (8) May 2009
2 comments

5

Employment Law Latest November 2009
6 comments

Remembering

The Ibrox disaster was 40 years ago. I remember that night the fim on TV was ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ about a travelling circus. The film was interrupted with news flashes which narrated the unfolding horror taking place in Glasgow.

‘Twenty dead’

‘The total is now more than forty’

‘It is believed as many as sixty could have died’

As it turned out 66 people died that day when someone tripped on stairway 13 as fans exited the ground.

What followed was a rare coming together of Rangers and Celtic. Both clubs united in grief to mourn the dead fans. The unprecedented sight of Rangers management and players along with their Celtic counterparts at a service in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Glasgow illustrates better than any one event how the city came together.

I know that Celtic fans who attend today’s game against their bitterest rivals, once again at Ibrox, will wish to accord those who died 40 years ago, proper respect by the observance of a minute’s silence.

Along with those fans I hope any idiots intent on breaking that silence will stay away or at least reflect on their wisdom.

Footnote: Just heard that the silence was ‘impeccably observed’.

That’s great.

Reinventing History

My correspondent Claret and Amber has an ear tuned into the absurd.

He sends me this bon-mot, the error in which will only be evident to those of us with at least a working knowledge of Scottish football in the 80′s.

ESPN commentator during yesterday’s Birmingham v Arsenal match on the subject
of aerial challenges on goalkeepers:

“It wouldn’t have happened in his [Alex McLeish's] day at Aberdeen
when along with Willie Miller they defended that goalkeeper with the
splendid name. Remember him? Hamish McAlpine!

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