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Sunday, September 17, 2006


Yesterday's Western Mail reports a moment of embarrasment for Welsh Language pressure group Cymuned. They are currently distributing car stickers promoting the website CaruCymru.com.

The paper tells us that the Welsh-language version of the CaruCymru website notes how Cymuned's members love Wales' "language, culture, history and people" before warning of the dangers of Welsh culture increasingly becoming "uniform" and "Anglo-American". The only problem is that the stickers are printed in America. Correct me if I am wrong but doesn't the suffux 'com' mean that the website is hosted in the US as well?

Meanwhile, today's Wales on Sunday exclusively reveals the location of the green door referred to in Shakin' Stevens 1981 hit of the same name. Apparently, it actually existed and hid a secret lesbian bar off London's trendy King's Road.

The song was originally a hit in 1956 for Frankie Vaughan. It tells the story of a man trying to get into a lesbian bar:

The secret watering hole explains the lyrics belted out by Shaky: "There's an old piano and they play it hot behind the green door, don't know what they're doing but they laugh a lot behind the green door.

"Wish they'd let me in so I could find out what's behind the green door."

The line "Joe sent me" is believed to refer to Joe Meek, the gay record producer who worked on the original. He was an honorary member of the bar.

"When I said, 'Joe sent me', someone laughed out loud behind the green door," complained Shaky.

The inside of the club was only ever filmed once in a 1968 film called The Killing of Sister George. Fifteen minutes of the movie was shot in the Gateways with many of the regulars appearing as extras.

The club shut its green door in 1985 and is now storage space for a nearby dress shop.

All of this reminds me of a conversation I had recently with an Assembly Member, where I discovered that her husband was once Shakin' Stevens' agent. It is a small world.
Correct me if I am wrong but doesn't the suffux 'com' mean that the website is hosted in the US as well?

No, although it frequently does. *.com is supposed to be commercial US+international. But the domain can be hosted anywhere. My two .orgs are hosted in Canada, but you can equally host them in the UK. However, in this specific case, the hosting company is American, but the domain itself is is registered to one Aran Jones, of Pwllheli, Gwynedd.

What domain you register is up to you, where you host it is depending ont he best deal, US hosts do tend to be cheaper, but a .com is a lot more expensive, and given they're a campaign, a bit of a waste, a .org.uk would have been both more accurate and cheaper.

I'll, um, shut up now shall I?
...a .org.uk would have been both more accurate and cheaper.

I doubt that Cymuned would want a domain name with 'uk' in it somehow ;-)
We are looking into creating a cw suffix for Wales. That might help.
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