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Happy 14th birthday, Ovi
by Asa Butcher
2018-12-20 07:16:36
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Who in their right mind would decide to launch a new website just days before Christmas? Yes, the answer to that question is obviously Thanos, John and I, although I forget who made the final decision to pull the trigger fourteen years ago today.

Fourteen years, over 16,000 contributions and not nearly enough input from yours truly in the past few years. It has been down to the dogged dedication of Mr Kalamidas that the site continues to draw breath every day, so a huge heartfelt thank you for all of his hard work.  

ovi01_400Now, the reason I was wondering about the insanity of putting a new website online in late-December arose because my home is currently in a frantic state of action and to do the same now would be laughable.

Suitcases are being packed, last-minute gifts are being purchased, the kids' school Christmas shows demand attendance and a hundred other tasks are keeping every member of the Butcher household occupied – in fact, I'm getting curious looks right now for sitting at the laptop and not tackling the daunting To-Do list.

To hell with the list, it is an anniversary and, with my own 40th birthday looming large this coming Saturday, I am in the mood to celebrate and wax lyrical about Ovi.

However, I have to admit that my curiosity did get the better of me and I had to first hunt down the editorial penned ahead of Ovi's 4th birthday and my 30th to recall the pearls of wisdom younger Asa shared… now I am wondering if we should be deleting old content.

Thank god I have matured, developed, grown and learned to embody all of those preceding words, at least occasionally. It's the same for this website. 14-years-old is damned-near elderly for the World Wide Web and this site has stood the test of time, and that is thanks to the contributors. A thank you to each of you for your continued support.

Right, the curious looks from the family are quickly turning into hard stares, so I shall sign off this 14th anniversary editorial and conclude with a heartfelt thank you to each of our readers.

Happy birthday, Ovi!

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