Tuesday, December 30, 2003

"Saving has customarily been seen as a "good" principle. However, at the moment, with weakened economies we are being asked to spend more and more money to keep the economy afloat."

I found that in one of the topical lessons at learn.co.uk
Now yonder stands a man in this lonely crowd
A man who swears he's not to blame
All day long I hear him shouting so loud
Just crying out that he was framed

I Shall Be Released

Sunday, December 28, 2003

Q: why did the chicken double-cross the road?
A: to get back to where he started and see it as if for the very first time.

Don't ask me what that means, I found it on a scrap of paper when clearing out my room and junk....

Saturday, December 27, 2003

OK OK, it's over.

In fact I have been so tired recently that it was very little problem to sleep through most of it...I last took some leave in August, and since then it has been adrenaline all the way, so when it stopped on the 23rd I just switched off. Sorry about that, everyone (but particularly Julie).

And here we are in the limbo between Christmas and the New Year. Another strange time - sort of ordinary and unusual at the same moment.

I could have sworn we had all done masses of shopping in December, but the Sales kick in immediately, as if we had been 'fasting' from shopping, rather than over-indulging.

Oh dear. Sorry. I obviously still haven't quite finished the rant. Still I'll go back and delete it once the season has gone.

And I am about to score my 2000th hit since I put the page counter in (oh, when was that?) Over 700 visitors. I have no idea how much of the site anyone visits, or what they all make of it, but I still enjoy writing and editing pages myself - as though I was finally getting around to writing a book ( but a lot less strain, and no fear of rejection by a publisher).

Maybe this year I should tear it down and start again....

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

My Norton Antivirus has started randomly deleting emails again. It's a bug that kicked in this summer, forcing me to try re-installing twice, and make other changes - and now it has started again.

So, to anyone who emailed me in the last few days - if you didn't get a reply then I may have lost the email. With any luck the email proxy server is only deleting spam anyway, but it would be nice to be sure.

Hey ho.

Monday, December 22, 2003

Happy Solstice to all sentient beings!


The shopping frenzy continues here - it means I can't even get my coffee easily in a mid-morning 'tea-break' because of the queues. I don't see anyone smiling as they struggle through the shops (the fun comes later, apparently).

I have nothing against a break from work; a time to see (or write/talk to) people we have neglected; a period where we set aside our competitive natures and show 'goodwill to all people' (or all sentient beings (even turkeys), every day - as the Buddhists recommend); a time for small gifts of thoughtfulness.

Personally, I am willing to go through a bit of grief from my questioning the way it is right now - but ONLY because I can imagine it better in the future. 20 years from now, how great it would be if we all had a holiday when we took TIME for each other; gave our disposable income to good causes; genuinely stopped fighting and competing (if only for a few days - armistice/amnesty); spent a little time considering where we came from, and where we are going....

I hope I live to see it (I'd be 77 years old by then).

Sunday, December 21, 2003

I will edit this stuff later - just sitting at the desk in the Buzz cafe (internet access in the library) - taking my quiet moments to surf about, here's Shann Turnbull, demystifying some economic terms:

"Faith by economists and the major political parties in the existing monetary system cannot be supported by analysis. Nor can it be defended by the experiences of small businesses, farmers, Third World debtor nations and the once rapidly growing "Tiger" economies that have suffered a financial "meltdown". The system is imposed upon the world by an intellectually inbred elite of monetary priests who ridicule any who question its operations, while admitting that its operations depends upon confidence.

For religious people, the existing banking and monetary system is the biggest confidence trick perpetuated in the history of civilisation. For non-religious people, it is the second biggest confidence trick, as religion becomes the biggest trick.

Modern money is a confidence trick because money cannot be defined in terms of goods or services, yet it is used in market economies to organise the means of their production and consumption. In other words, an unreal artificial totem controls the real world. All national currencies have become "fiat" money as none can exist without being defined to exist by a government."
Still Andrew Oswald was wrong (or is it just his timing which is wrong?)
The average house now costs four-and-a-half times average income, which isn't far off the 1989 peak - of 5.2 times - that precipitated the massive crash of the early nineties.
At the same time, consumer spending has risen at an annual rate of 4% over the past two years - twice as fast as the economy as a whole.

In the second quarter of this year alone, we have withdrawn £10 billion of equity from our homes and used the money top buy cars, go on holiday or purchase designer wardrobes. "

"Many institutions are ready to lend up to six times a person's salary with, for the first couple of years, a sizeable rate discount. In addition they will allow you to pay them back over up to fifty years: so a £200,000 loan, for example, can be your's for as little as £648 a month.

The logic, apparently is that in a few years, most people will be better off and therefore, when the discounts end and the payments inevitably go up, the increase won't be too painful to bear.

The reality is that in a low inflation economy, wages don't rise quickly, and in a couple of years, most people will not be earning significantly more than they are now. But they'll be saddled with a huge increase in their outgoings. Many simply won't be able to pay, repossessions will start and the market will disintegrate. "

Michael Eboda on the BBC

Quotes like this just remind me of the madness. I was always in an underclass of my own (starving artist), so I never owned a car or house, and with a low level self-employed lifestyle I had no credit either, as I stumbled from contract to contract.

So, even though I now have a steady little job (paid £14,500 and taking home £11,500 after tax) I can't even CONSIDER the world around me as welcoming:

"To afford a £160,000 house, a buyer would have to earn £41,500 a year and after putting down a 10% deposit the monthly repayments on a £144,000 mortgage are £884.28. The average wage is £25,000 a year."

Or check out the Rockall Times satire.

The Guardian : 'We calculate that even with a 10 per cent deposit, more than 50 per cent of the working population would now be unable to borrow enough to buy a typical first-time buyer property.'

Friday, December 19, 2003

[Sunday] sorry I droppped this bit of free-floating text in here, without giving it a reference - and as I have now forgotten where I saw it I'll just point to housepricecrash.co.uk

and their page "will there be a housing price crash?"

It's just such a bubble, a confidence trick, and (like the stock exchange) it is crucial to talk it up (i.e. kid yourself and others like a gambling addict) - and not even think about the possibility of losing. Even writing this I am slightly undermining confidence - and people get angry and threatened to even think about it.

"But the IMF estimates growth of just 2.5 per cent in 2005 whereas the Chancellor expects it to be between three per cent and 3.5 per cent.

The IMF is also calling for higher interest rates in the near future to cool down the housing market and consumer borrowing.

However it does warn that the Bank of England will have to be careful in case such a move would cause a house price crash.

It said the risk was not great but could not be discounted altogether.

It said that with so many households in the UK up to their neck in debt, the management of any interest rate increases would be a "particular challenge". "
RESOLUTELY UNAMBITIOUS MAN - see earlier posting about Tim Kassar's research on Tuesday 16th

"people who are primarily motivated by ‘materialism’, which in this case means the pursuit of power, status and wealth, are (rather gratifyingly!) much more likely to be unhappy in almost every respect, including being less healthy”, than those who remain resolutely unambitious. "

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Searching under Tim Kassar's book title led to this review site: and this

And that one pointed to recordings of Alan Watts here

And these quotes comes from this review:

"He agrees with humanist and existential thinkers such as Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow and Erich Fromm that people’s well being has relatively very little to do with their possessions, beyond sufficient food, shelter and clothing necessary for their continued existence. Kasser debunks the myth that money and possessions will make people happy and argues that beyond the point of ensuring adequate food, shelter and clothing for survival, material possessions do not contribute significantly to the well being of human beings. "

"Kasser argues persuasively that to have high quality life, people must have their needs satisfied. He identifies four needs that are necessary for human survival, growth, and optimal functioning. These are: 1) safety, security and sustenance - the human desire to remain alive and avoidance of early death; 2) competence, efficacy, and self esteem - the human desire to demonstrate inherent positive attributes in oneself that propels one to accomplish one’s missions, goals and objectives; 3) connectedness - the human desire for intimacy and closeness with other humans - the desire for belonging; and 4) autonomy and authenticity - a desire for freedom to act on one’s own and to have a feeling that one is self directed. "
My first attempt to trace Tim Kassar (see previous entry) found a page about self-storage units by Victoria Clayton in The States - about people hoarding, and being unable to let go of their possessions - with some passing references to 'collectors' that may be relevant to my involvement with the 'autograph world'.

"Some say the self-storage boom parallels the widespread erosion of our sense of well-being. “When people are under stress and trauma, at least in our culture, the last thing they want to do is get rid of their stuff,” says Tim Kassar, an associate professor of psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and author of “The High Price of Materialism (MIT Press, 2002). “their stuff provides that sort of security blanket and also a sense of identity, for better or worse. Mostly for worse, from my viewpoint.”

Kassar and other researchers have found that there are four basic psychological needs we must satisfy in order to be happy, and they have little to do with anything that can be pasted down or warehoused in a 10-by-10 storage unit: security, community, competence and free will. He compares America’s bloated self-storage facilities to the alarming epidemic of obesity.

“The food pyramid says, basically, you need to eat a lot of grains and fruits and vegetables, and that you should use fats and oils sparingly,” Kassar says. “Really, what we most need to value and concentrate on in our lives is growing as people, feeling connected to other people, feeling connected to our community. Those are the grains and fruits and vegetables of life in terms of providing us with health.” Just as the supersized American diet has left many of us chronically overweight, he says, materialism has led us to that moment of clarity when we realize, perhaps too late, that we’re uncomfortably full."
It's always nice to find confirmation of one's own beliefs. I have long thought people were making themselves miserable by adopting the ambitious, competitive, restlessly dissatisfied, extravert American capitalist culture, and this month's Green Futures has articles on just that theme.

“A lot of mental health problems stem from the rise of the individualist, aspirational culture. This means we’re defining ourselves increasingly through external things – what we do, what we own, how much we earn – and through other people. We’re forever comparing ourselves to others and finding ourselves wanting.” Oliver James

"This is just a small part of the picture. On a much wider canvas, argues James, the dominant values of Western society are almost literally programming us to be unhappy. He quotes a fascinating piece of work by American psychologist Tim Kassar. “It showed that people who are primarily motivated by ‘materialism’, which in this case means the pursuit of power, status and wealth, are (rather gratifyingly!) much more likely to be unhappy in almost every respect, including being less healthy”, than those who remain resolutely unambitious. [toby: hooray for our side, I have always been resolutely unambitious]It wasn’t just a one-off experiment, James stresses: Kassar reviewed a whole series of studies. “It’s an extraordinary body of evidence. It’s scientifically solid; well-replicated – and hardly ever talked about.” So living in a way that is bad for the planet is, reassuringly, pretty lousy for us as well? “Exactly.”"

In my recent tidying up I came across the address for the web presence of my nephew Duncan Dacombe - which is (at the moment) mostly party photos, but you can glimpse the rest of the family there - my sister Julia and my nieces.

I have added that link to the bottom of my 'family' page (which I will update and tidy at some point).

Monday, December 15, 2003

As I sort out the mass of paper I surround myself with, I am trying to clear some out. I inherited a whole trunk full of Mick's papers, and although I have made several attempts to finish his book for him (and then throw away the piles of paper), I never quite finished the project.

Anyway - I have put up an Intro I wrote for one of the three fragments I have released to friends in limited editions - and tagged on a couple of pictures.

Sunday, December 14, 2003

I have been sorting through the thousands of pieces of paper that fill my room. Some of this stuff I will get into electronic form (and will never have to tumble out of a house clutching a precious box of papers ever again...I hope). Some of this stuff has been with me for a long time. Attempts at writing, cuttings, cut-ups, quotes and poems, pictures and such. Some of it just references to lead me back through the library again one more time. For instance, I wouldn't think to read back through William Burroughs right now, but here was a wonderful quote from The Western Lands (p213 in my edition).

"I saw a picture of a balloon suddenly and unexpectedly soaring and some people still holding onto the ropes connected to the balloon were suddenly jerked into the air and most of them didn't have the survival IQ to let go in time. Seconds later they are sixty, a hundred feet off the ground. Those who didn't let go fell off at five hundred feet or a thousand feet. A basic survival lesson is: Learn to let go.

Put it another way: Never hang on when your Guardian tells you to let go.


Suppose you were holding one of those ropes? Would you have let go in time, which is, of course, at the first upward yank? I'll tell you something interesting. You would have a much better chance to let go in time now that you have read this paragraph than if you hadn't read it. Writing, if it is anything, is a word of warning..."

I just found this poem by Ernst Jandl

I've got nothing
to make a poem

a whole language

a whole life

a whole mind

a whole memory

I've got nothing
to make a poem
The other night I brought home the film "Henry and June" - about Henry Miller, Anäis Nin and Henry's wife June. I have long been a fan of Miller's (even though that wasn't terribly popular with several friends who had him down as a misogynist and pornographer, etc).

Somewhere in the 70s, some people ran The Village Bookshop in Piccadilly, with the express intent of publishing EVERYTHING by their favourite authors, of which Miller was one. I got to read some of the treasures, and obscurities.

Being a clown, at the time, I love "The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder"; there was "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird"; his amazing piece on Rimbaud; essays like "Money, and how it gets that way" - just so many wonders which he had a hard time publishing in his life, and which have fallen back out of print, since. So that all you find in our library are the Tropics, and bits of porn. At least, out in the stacks, I found his letters to Anäis Nin, and a biography of her, too - although I am ambivalent about her myself (she may have been his Muse, but she is not mine). He introduced me to Knut Hamsun and Blaise Cendrars, too. If you are curious, check out the Memorial Library @ Big Sur

What I have in common with Miller is the opiniated enthusiasm (I can talk forever on any subject which enthuses me, but am totally dismissive or completely silent, about things I do not consider important or interesting). Arrogance and self-absorption?

He was one of the writers who told me I should "go for it" whatever "it" was - so I did. He warned me I might often be hungry and desperate, that I might have to swallow my pride, accept humiliation and disappointment - that there would be times when I was the only one with any faith in myself. (He was right!)

He also reminded me that that was the only way I was going to have real ecstatic highs (he was right about that, too!)

When I stayed in Paris in 1970, I lived near the Villa Seurat (same metro station, Alésia, in the 14th Arrondisement), and occupied a squatted artist's studio for several months, earning money on the street (selling jewellery) and generally feeling daring and romantic. It was Nelly Gareau who got me there, and gave me the courage, and we travelled for a couple of years after, but I haven't heard from her since. In a Google search the only person of that name/age group I can see is in Kentucky. Could that be her? Ah, it's so hard to tell. I don't pursue old friends any more than I dig back through ancestors. If they emerge again from the world, fine, but I always preferred the serendipitious meeting to the appointment.

And I write in this blog, as he wrote letters to all his friends, because people can only take so much babbling conversation. Does it take away the head of steam that would allow one to write a book? Or is it a necessary preparation and priming of the pump? At least it makes me write a minimum of a few hundred words almost every day....

Saturday, December 13, 2003

There's quite enough vanity about a website, without going too far into the derivation of my name, but (in a minor way) it is a mythical name like John Bull or Robin Hood. Sir Toby Belch (in Twelth Night) may well be this eternal hedonistic Falstaffian rogue.

At some point one of the library staff brought me a cutting from a Cardiff paper in the 30s, about the last Ale-Taster in Cardiff. I was very amused, but lost the cutting (and you can't 'search' paper archives the way you can electronic ones. So I tried the web, and came up with this:

"Cardiff Ale-Taster

I remember the last Aletaster of Cardiff. His name was Edward PHILPOT, and his nickname 'Toby Philpot.' I well remember hearing him say to someone with whom he was talking in the street : 'Well, I must go and see what sort of ale they have got at the Glove and Shears.'"

which I found here, in Reminiscences of Old Inhabitants.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

“A Conjurer is not a juggler, he’s an actor playing the part of a magician.”

Gotta dig out the worksheets I had when thinking about systems. Meanwhile, I like this site - this page is the Intro

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

I am a Bob Dylan fan, as you may have noticed (though not a fanatic), and can even forgive him dabbling in religion fnord - after all, Shakespeare was probably one of the team who 'translated' the Word of God into the King James Bible - and made God sound good (like a great actor) rather than 'sinister' to our English-speaking ears (speaking in a Semitic tongue).

If you are a wordsmith, orator, actor, etc then the King James has some wonderful raw material. As a human creation it IS one of the great books. It's just a shame we don't take credit for it... (admit it?)

Even sadder that the three big religions (and all their sub-entities) which have roots in this book have been responsible for almost all the fighting in the Westen world (at least) in the last few thousand years.

"But apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?"

So - why Bob? Well, if you'd like to see Volume 3 of Paul Williams' Bob Biog "Mind Out of Time" written then you can pre-order a copy to help pay Mr Williams to write it over the next couple of years.

This pre-ordering of 'art' worked for me when I subscribed early for a copy of "Maybe Logic" from deepleaf productions, to help pay for post-production.

Maybe when this season in which I spend as little as possible is over, I will consider it. I hope you can hold out that long, Mr Williams!
The Puritans were sticklers for taking the Bible, and nothing else, as their guide for how to live a good, Christian life. And since the Bible never indicates exactly when the anniversary of the Nativity should be observed, they reasoned that God must not have intended for it to be observed at all. Otherwise a date would have been provided. So they banned its celebration. Between 1659 and 1681 it was actually a criminal offense, punishable by a fine of five shillings, to celebrate Christmas in Massachusetts.
Christmas only became a legal holiday in England and America late in the nineteenth century. Before then people were expected to go to work on Christmas Day.

19th-century factory owners didn't like having to give their employees a day off work, so they long lobbied against having to treat Christmas as anything but a regular working day. But apparently some kindly factory owners would generously let their workers start work at 5 am on Christmas Day, thus allowing them to get off work early and go to church.
Want to chuckle (Ho Ho Ho): try the Christmas Gullibility Test at the Museum of Hoaxes
Darwin World Site

If you wonder how I find links during my working day, well - when testing public internet access, or even the connection on my staff machine - I try to put something new into Google every time, so that I don't confuse web-pages in the cache with live connection.

Well, that's my excuse.
Vicar tells children Santa is dead Did you catch that story last year?

Telling kids that Santa is a scientifically impossible myth is a bit rich, coming from a Christian vicar, don't you think?
Adbusters - I like 'em
I don't mean to offend anyone, but my reaction to Christmas is partly my anti-capitalist stance, and partly my atheist one. That questioning these things leads to taunts and jeers (even from loved ones) is just the way it is.

I found an interesting site this morning, for the Humanist Internet Project.

"Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality."

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Paradoxical quotations
Celebrity Atheists

Ah me - it's started. My problem with Christmas is very simple. I don't do it. And this seems to drive people into a frenzy. I know I am out-numbered, but I have no idea why people feel duty-bound to defend it with shouts of "bah humbug!" and "Scrooge", etc.

I don't want to be a Jeremiah at their feast. I don't want to go to the feast. I am just a vegetarian who avoids eating sugar (the deadly white powder) so turkey and mince pies just don't appeal to me.

Yes? And? So? What? (as Bill Hicks would do it)

The point of Scrooge, surely, is not that he doesn't 'believe' in Christmas - it's that he thinks that hanging on to his wealth and property will make him happy. It's the
re-distribution of his wealth at the end that does make him happy.

I don't see where that fits with poor people spending money they haven't earned yet on stuff they don't really need. That's just the need for 'treats' and 'rewards' all the time that our childish culture runs on. (whoops, getting judgmental again!)

My attitude to the rich is certainly ambiguous. I never understand why we let them get away with 'offering their services free' to (say) Live Aid - when Paul MacC, Bob D, Phil Collins, the Rolling Stones and The Who could have a whip round and pay off a serious chunk of Third World Debt.

Come on Tel - it's Children in Need - why not kick in a couple of month's salary?

The point being that wonderful (unfashionable) phrase "From each according to their ability, to each according to their need." Yes, my mum was a communist in the thirties, so she gave me that slogan. Even when disillusioned to find out how it really worked out under Stalin, she was still a strong socialist for the UK. If you are a bit vague about the difference, try this page.

Of course, in my later studies, I found out that another of her slogans appears to come from Aleister Crowley (unless he just stole it) "Thank God I am an atheist!"

Generosity and self-sacrifice can't really be measured, but to the extent that they can, we would have to relate it to the proportion of any surplus available which was contributed/donated, surely?

The I Ching definitely reminded me once that the 'gods' understand, and that a bowl of rice offered at the temple by a poor person was as important a sacrifice as a goat from a rich person....

Monday, December 08, 2003

Paying for the Other Guy's Christmas Presents

From the S.C.R.O.O.G.E. website in 1998

Still on the subject of credit cards and holiday spending, over 1.3 million households in the United States filed for bankruptcy in 1997, partially a result of the huge number of credit cards readily available to virtually anybody who can sign a name (1.5 billion cards circulating out there, a 300% increase just since 1980). The plastic money seems to come out in earnest every November and December, as even cautious folks seem to lose self-control. Bankruptcy costs the U.S. economy over $40 billion annually, a hidden tax of $400 per household when these costs are passed on to consumers, as they usually are. So, when you add up your own holiday expenses in January, throw in a nice chunk of cash for gifts that other people bought on credit but then couldn't pay for.
And here's another link for myself

You don't have to follow my train of thought, you know..............
Bob's not your thing? Fine. I was checking out the (very varied) playlists for the three London gigs, and spotted this Link site mentioned.

It's just for me, OK. I am not recommending him to anyone. It's my tea-break, and this is the easiest way of leaving myself a note for when I get home.

Sunday, December 07, 2003

I have noticed that the Archives either don't open, or give a strange error message, and then open one post at a time.

If I get a chance I will ask the Blogger staff about this, or a user group or FAQ or something.

Either that or I'll just start a new one (perhaps the easiest option). Who really cares what I thought in 2001?

Saturday, December 06, 2003

Oh my aching head. I went to Julie's 'staff do' last night, and had to make it into work today. My traditional (and carefully worded) email to staff about my not 'doing' Christmas (see the Concern link below) has elicited a much angrier email to everyone on the staff, from the vegan in the libraries, about the number of animals (not just turkeys) who are going to suffer for the party. http://www.animalaid.org.uk/

As a vegetarian (not a vegan) I still feel OK about buying goats for people who may milk them and eventually eat them. I am not a judgemental veggie convert, I grew up that way, and it just seems natural for me.

Still, I am quite pleased that somebody younger and angrier pointed this stuff out - I just hope we are not spoiling anyone's Christmas, is all. People are miserable enough (even if they don't know it) so I don't begrudge people fun. I just want to politely point out that there are less extravagant and greedy ways to have fun, and feel content.

A quiet game of cards by an open fire will do me, thanks. And maybe a walk in the hills with Judith's new dog. That will do nicely. (But I guess you could say I am just getting old...)

Friday, December 05, 2003

Tired of giving people stuff they don't really need?

Try being generous to strangers, instead and give a Christmas present to someone on the planet who needs it. Concern seem alright to me, so that's what I am doing this year.
The Hawaiian Juggling Convention at BellyAcres almost always runs over my birthday. If you get a chance to visit this is a real one-off amazing event.

I finally managed to get there in February 2002, but without my partner, sadly. I enjoyed being there, even though I don't juggle much any more. It is an astounding place, and if you have ANY CHANCE of going I recommend it. Very friendly place, too.

The only flaw in the plan (when I was there) was the Tropical Rain, but (hey) when you go to the tropics, what do you expect? Hi To Graham and Fritz and EVERYBODY - sorry I can't make it (skint excuse as usual)!

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Hi - it's Wednesday night, and I have just worked 8 days in a row, so I am a little 'tired'.
I get a day off tomorrow, so I'll try and tidy up around here.

I have noticed that my free Tokelau link has a couple of bugs and hiccups. I get some sort of error message sometimes when logged in via the tobyphilpott.tk address, and then follow a link out, and then back. It'll take a little study. For a while I thought it was just links out of blogger and back, so it may be some more complex interaction of out and back.

No big deal anyway, as they are both fast growing enterprises, and eBay survived an unstable start with slightly erratic servers (service)....I am not complaining - it's a free and memorable link.

However, if I was to promote the paid-for links, I would have to test the thing, I guess (is that just me?) I like the links to go and be fast - not a server down - and if I am going to have pop-ups (there's a first for me) I want them to pop up right-on Tokelau anarchist island free domain names - not an online casino, as briefly happened to me.

Hey ho. Keili's site was doing it too. Still, it's not bad that you can just type in keiliolsen.tk and get straight there. I like that. I never even noticed that my friend HR had one of these addresses ages ago. just type in hr-nielsen.tk [no www. no http://]

OK - you don't like to type: here's links Keili ************** HR
But my job is bugs (many of which I can't fix, some of which I can work round) so I don't complain (just remind myself to go back and finish that piece about systems thinking).

I think I am happy to change my previous link - to their free service - to one that includes the option to pay for the address, and make it certainly yours. That's probably worth it, as otherwise you have to keep a small but steady stream of visitors flowing to your site to keep your address. I think it's a correct enough plan. It discourages people from just buying names as an investment (this - from a man who sells autographs!)

Anyway, and all. I can't promise to be a great ambassador for Tokelau, (especially as I have never been there) - but I will do my best. It seems like a 'cunning plan'.
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