September 11th, 2001: Ten years on

September 11th, 2001. I had been in the UK for a week. I was struggling with what I now know to be hayfever. Turned on the TV, and watched with horror as everyone was trying to make sense of what was happening. And then, on live TV, I saw Flight 175 fly into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. A few hours later, I came out of my daze, I was in total shock. The world has not been the same since that horrible day.

The next day, I left the house and had a look at the front pages of the papers. This headline, this photo will be in my memory until the day I die. It was my first introduction to sensational tabloid headlines, but no one knew how many had died. But the picture of someone jumping to their death, because they decided they would not burn to death. I cannot imagine having to take such a terrible decision. 

To those that died that day, may your souls rest in peace. And to all who have died in subsequent wars, I pray that you have not died in vain, that one day, the human race can put our differences aside, and live side by side in peace and harmony. 

So much has changed since that day. Yet so much has remained the same. 


It's been a while

I seem to say that everytime I blog nowadays. But, my posts have been few and far between, so it is me being honest.

I started blogging in 2003, ironically on Blogger. A long time before it was fashionable. Well, to be fair, a few of my fellow geeky friends were blogging as well, at the moment, it seems all their blogs are either inactive or gone. (Ivan, it's been a while buddy).

Blogging then was very different from today. You couldn't even have comments on the blog. So you were basically blogging into thin air, not knowing how many people were reading it. I remember when I installed a plugin to get 'feedback', from a company called Blogspeak, I was so excited when I installed it. There were some companies who were charging for the service. After a while, I moved to 20six, where I could get commenting and more importantly, email notification of comments, for free. 20six was amazing. It wasn't just about blogging, it was about community. Very quickly, I made some friends. Peter J was the superstar, everyone wanted to be him. And Sez was actually at my wedding, where I met her for the very first time. (Now a proud mum, but doesn't seem to have an online profile outside Facebook). I've moved around a bit as well. 20six got sold to a German company, and they messed it all up. EVERYONE left. (We even have a 20six alumni group in Facebook :) ) I invested some money, and got my own domain boso.me.uk, with webhosting. And now, I've cancelled webhosting, and I'm back on Blogger. What an amazing journey it has been.

I've blogged about everything and anything. Me proposing to my now wife of almost 6 years. The birth of our first child. Her naming ceremony. When I moved back to the UK in 2004, I documented the move, the job hunt, everything. Maybe I may have been to open. Soon, all my friends and family were reading, my co-workers. Given the amount of personal stuff out here, it made me uncomfortable at times, but as far as I know, it never got me into trouble. Well, that's not stricly true. A few years ago, I was doing an interview with Microsoft. And the interviewer had been to my blog. He somehow linked to it, God knows how. And he asked me some very, very, very personal questions from here. It shook me. And what he did was probably unfair, when I think about it. But I think the tone of the blog changed after that. 

Today, I hardly ever blog, it's not so easy when you have a family and a job to juggle. Posts have been getting fewer and fewer. And I'm not sure I have any subscribers left (to RSS feed), or if anyone will read this. And to be honest, Facebook and Twitter now take away a significant part of the 'urge', as I can quickly communicate with my friends, and like minded people.

Anyway, I want to kickstart this. I'm probably going to steer away from personal stuff. But my interests, technology, politics (Nigeria and UK) and football, will feature prominently. I've always enjoyed writing. It's been cathartic in the past, but it's a great hobby, and something I want to start doing again.

I've got a couple of posts in mind, so let's see how this goes. Hopefully, I'll get a couple of my readers back. Or some new ones. Or maybe no one will read this. We'll see.

It's good to be back :)


Bobby Charlton attempts to rewrite history

Sheikh Mansour bought the wrong club - Charlton (Daily Mirror)

"If a club spends a lot of money quickly, it takes time for the team to settle down," he said. "You might criticise City, Chelsea or Liverpool for the money they've spent, but they're only interested in winning the big prize, which is the Premier League.

"Yet it can be won by a club [Manure] that produces their own young players and brings them through.

"You get a bit of an affiliation with a football club when this sort of thing is taking place, and not just piling loads and loads of money in.

"That's our philosophy at United, but we don't know what happens with City and Chelsea - they have their own way."

Exhibit A

£30m on Dimitar Berbatov

£30m on Rio Ferdinand

£25m on Wayne Rooney

£17m on Owen Hargreaves

£30m on the combined services of Nani and Anderson

£18m on Michael Carrick

£16m on Luis Antonio Valencia

£10m on Chris Smalling

Various smaller figures on Ji-Sung Park, Nemanja Vidic, Edwin Van der Sar, Patrice Evra, Javier Hernandez, the Da Silva brothers and Anders Lindegaard.

Exhibit B

£7m on Bebe and £3m on Gabriel Obertan purely to play in the Carling Cup.

Exhibit C

Barring Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, of the current 'young players brought through' in and around the first team we have 'young' Jonny Evans (23), 'young' Darron Gibson (23), John O'Shea (30 in two months), Wes Brown (30) and Darren Fletcher (27), who are all setting the football world on fire and without whom Man United could not win any trophy. Obviously.