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Thanks, Plans and Begging Bowls

14 Nov
November 14, 2004

1. Thanks for all the input over the last couple days – it seems the 10,000 visitors since Friday, 90 emails and many, many positive comments shows that Bozzamania is still alive and well! There’s even plans afoot over on the forum for a march in support of Boris…
2. However, your lovely visits are battering my server in no uncertain terms. I’d like to draw your attention to this donation link, where you can send a few bob in support of the site so that it can keep running and conquer those bandwidth bills. Of course, if you don’t think the site deserves it, that’s absolutely fine. Why not email Boriswatch with any criticisms, and we’ll see what we can do.
3. Just a final note – I notice that several of you have jumped into action, and there are plans to start a website supporting Boris. Well, I ought to tell you there are plans afoot already – almost complete, in fact – for a Boris website solely geared to supporting Boris. It’ll fit nicely between Boriswatch and the official Boris Johnson site, we hope. Until then, keep posting and commenting – it’ll keep Boris’s spirits up!

Coming soon…

02 Sep
September 2, 2004

Just thought I’d take a moment to say thanks for the flood of emails that’s come in recently – if I haven’t posted the relevant info yet, it’ll be up tomorrow night…


04 Jul
July 4, 2004

Tracking Boris takes time and funds. So I thought I’d bring you up to speed on the advertising box you can see up the top there. Some people have commented that I shouldn’t be making money out of the legend of Boris. The truth is until that was put up, I was losing money. The bandwidth costs, the advertising on Google, the time taken to build the site – all these things cost, and that little box is merely helping me to break even! Thank you so much to those that have contributed so far – you should all have received a personal thank you by now. So, by all means, click away on that box, even donate if you feel the need to support Boriswatch, but most of all, enjoy the site – it’s made for you, you warm and fuzzy Boris followers you.

Boriswatch gets Live Action…

25 Jun
June 25, 2004

Boriswatch has now been blessed with a live newsfeed on the bottom left of the site, showing any articles on the web that makes even the merest mention of Boris. Now, even if your tireless Boriswatch editors are asleep, you can still keep in touch with Boris’s shannanigans. Lucky, lucky, tykes…

Begging Bowl

19 Jun
June 19, 2004

The flipside of website popularity: bandwidth costs. Thank you so much to all the people who’ve contributed since the BBC linked to the site – and I hope you all continue to visit. However, the 13000 people (!) who visited yesterday munched up my bandwidth – so if you enjoy Boriswatch and feel you want to contribute to its success, you can donate to the worthy cause – the only site that tracks the estimable Boris 24 hours a day. I’ve also added a nice button on the left head side of the website, just in case anyone feels the urge! With your support, I can make this an even bigger and better site!

Boriswatch on the BBC

18 Jun
June 18, 2004

Boris is turning forty on Saturday, and to celebrate this momentous occasion, Boriswatch has slipped the BBC a fiver and managed to write a late night eulogy to the great man, posted on their Magazine website. Here’s the link to the article, and prepare for more Boriswatch visitors than we know how to handle…
UPDATE 6.20pm: 14,000 visitors and counting…

Yahoo graces Boriswatch

24 May
May 24, 2004

What was Yahoo’s response to my last post? A resounding “Hell Yeah!”. They’ve picked Boriswatch as their Pick Of The Day for last Saturday. You can still see it on their main page, and it’s also archived for eternity here. Boris, are you watching?

BorisWatch – it just gets better!

21 May
May 21, 2004

You like Boris, I like Boris, we all like Boris. And that, in short, is why Boriswatch is hitting the peak of Borismania – featured in The Mirror (without consent, but hey…), linked by hundreds, viewed by thousands, all of which sets the visitor counter off a treat. 10,000 Boris followers make a pilgrimage to this site every month!
And may I salute you all from the very bottom of my astoundingly empty wallet. May your very mouths be escrusted with the jewels of Boris’s prose. I hope that in the coming weeks and months Boriswatch will be embellished; Boris Postcards, more Boris Quotes, more Boris facts, many more visitors to the Talk Boris forum – Boris would be so proud…

As I seem to have

14 May
May 14, 2004

As I seem to have “touched a nerve” with my comments regarding my agreement with Boris’ column and comments on exam standards, I wish to draw attention to my additional comment (see “comments” below the original article). For those that wish further information on Boris’ idea of a single exam board (rather than the QCA and further exam boards), this website – – is jolly thorough.

This Morning’s Telegraph

13 May
May 13, 2004

In this mornings Telegraph Sarah Sands ( I have no idea either…”but I am happy to be elucidated”) claims that Boris is an “inspired choice for the arts”. Well said. She also describes how Janis Street Porter feels she would have been a better candidate. She (JSP) says of Boris, “you are not as funny or ironic as you think”. I personally find her teeth and glasses “richly comic”.

In Boris’ own column he talks about the rampant inflation of exam grades. Boris begins his oration with a platonian scene setter: the school speech. I wish to reassure Boris that, in private at least, many teachers (I included) agree whole heartedly. It is a worry how little they actually know and and how little they can remember. Here is a revelation that may shock…candidates for GCSE Geography do not have to write an essay in any of their exam papers or coursework and hence, the PGCE does not think it required to teach the kiddy winks how to write one. Many pupils struggle to write more than a few hundred words. Infact, many students struggle to read a few hundred words without their concentration wavering. Boris…keep making these noises…exams are easier! Coursework is a dodle! They’ve got it easy!