Some people try and spam anything

Some people try and spam anything. I run the village website and have a little, simple suggestions form that visitors can leave requests on. The messages go only to me. Being a form, someone is now spamming it with links to websites trying to improve their page rank and visitor numbers no doubt. Only I see the messages so it’s a waste of their time and effort.

The Last Templar (Raymond Khoury)

I like to carry a book with me just in case I have some spare time between jobs. Unfortunately I forgot to take a book with me recently so was forced to buy one as I passed a supermarket. I mean, a whole 5.00 for a book, that’s like three times more than I normally pay! Still, the book I found was called “The Last Templar”. This book reminded me of “The Da Vinci Code” and was equally enjoyable. Instead of the blood line of Jesus Christ that the Da Vinci Code is based around, this was based around an order of knights and their treasure. Not treasure in the financial sense, treasure more as a political controlling factor over the Vatican and Catholic Church. I wont say much more, it may spoil the story if you read it. The story is pure fiction but uses a sprinkling of historical fact to make it seem believable. As much as anything, this was a detective story, some action scenes and a love story for the two main characters.

Interesting Statistics for the new .eu domain

I just read some interesting statistics on the eurid web site about the .eu domain registrations. .eu is a new Top Level Domain (TLD) and basically allows more people to have short and specific domain names. If your “companyname” is already taken in .com,, .net and so on, you may be able to register it as “”.

Since Launch on the 7th April, almost 1.8 million names have been registered. There was also a breakdown of how many domains were registered by country of registration. Here’s a small extract:

Country Number of Domains Registered Percentage of Total Domains registered
DE 580,700

GB 339,234 19
NL 212,944 12
IT 106,010 6
FR 89,903 5

There are around 60 million people in the UK, roughly the same as France and Italy, yet we bought notably more of the new domains than they have. In Germany there are roughly 85 million people and they seem more taken with the new domains than we have been. The thing I find particularly interesting is that the Netherlands has only 16 million people, so they’ve been buying the new domains at quite a rate!

Let’s look at this another way. How many people in each country are there for each .eu domain:

Country Number of Domains Registered Percentage of Total Domains registered People per .eu Domain
DE 580,700 32 146
GB 339,234 19 176
NL 212,944 12 75
IT 106,010 6 565
FR 89,903 5 667

The table shows that there is one new .eu domain for every 75 people in the Netherlands, wheras in France you’d have to find 667 people to find one with a .eu domain. I wonder what the reason is behind this big difference in buying domain names.

(note: Population numbers checked on eurostat web site)