When the web was young...
This website first took shape in 1995, when the web
was in its infancy. At that stage, it was hosted on Geocities
and only the areas relating to cricket were built.
By mid-1996, Geocities felt too restrictive; space
was a problem. The site was moved to a company called
Bayside. Unfortunately, it went into liquidation in 1999.
The disruption was a definitive one, in that it crystallised
the idea of hosting it myself. By the final quarter of 1999,
the site was up and running on my own server, using Slackware
A year or so later, a new server came online, this time
The site continues to run on Debian.
Updated: March 11, 2014
Be you here by accident or design, welcome. You have come to
that strangest of home pages, one which actually belongs to a
journalist, one of that crabby genre who stare at print for hours on
end at work and then come home thinking they have saved the world.
I don't aim for such lofty ideals; nay, my idea is to have a
good time doing these pages and hope that those of you who are
interested in the subjects covered here will do likewise. You won't
find a lot of miscellaneous knick-knacks floating around; this and the
following pages aim to provide stuff which is, to some extent at least,
readable. No gimmicks, no floating images, no swirling crystal balls.
All the content at this site, apart from the pictures of the
United Arab Emirates (which do not belong to me), is published under
General Public License. This means it is free for use by
anybody who wishes to do so, provided the following terms are observed:
- The source (this site) must be acknowledged.
- Any modifications must be mentioned.
- And the same rights should be given to any person who
wishes to use the material off your site.
Your comments are welcome. Send them to me and
don't bother to mince your words. (Remove the nospam before you send
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