Whilst busy, I could hardly let pass the fact that, as of today, it has been five years since your humble Devil took up residence in The Kitchen: five years, 5,377 posts, nearly 2.7 million visits (Statcounter), well over 600,000 absolute unique visitors (Google Analytics was only installed in October 2007)—and countless thousands of swearwords and imaginative insults—have graced these hallowed halls.
Ultimately though, what has all of this achieved? Have I taken any scalps, changed the world, formed a brotherhood of Man? Nope.
But I have had a fuck load of fun!
As always, thanks to all the contributors to The Kitchen (past and present), and to all of the readers and commenters who continue to entertain and, I hope, be entertained.
So here's to the next five years.
Unless, of course, by some cruel quirk of Fate—although I cannot think of an even vaguely plausible one—Gordon somehow manages to win another term in office, in which case the next five years is going to seem an awfully long time.
Being an optimist, your humble Devil is going to assume that the Conservatives get in—with a majority—and we can all look forward to feeding fresh
P.S. partly for my own satisfaction, here is a collection of previous "happy birthday to me" posts.
It seems longer than five years, frankly...