Day 88, part 2 – Carrot cells

This wasn’t one of my finest moments, but I’m still hopeful that no-one will ever find out about it*.

I heard a song over the weekend and I liked it – a lot. I knew who it was by: Doves (you may remember them from such posts as Kingdom of Rust), but I was busy with other stuff and put it on the mental back burner to look up some more convenient time.

Well, this morning was that time as, while cleaning the kitchen (MOAR GLAMOUR!), Chris Hawkins introduced it. Yeah, the title was a bit weird: Carrot Cells, but this is the wonderful world of music and anything goes.

And who knows: maybe they are remembering their high school biology classes and the introduction of the microscope; Hooke, van Leeuwenhoek and all that. I mean, we used onions, but one plant epithelial cell is very much like another, right?

What I’m saying is that they can call their song whatever they want. It’s not for me to judge.

Anyway, long story short, it turns out that they called this song Carousels. Not Carrot Cells.

It is a memory, but of the local fairground – the one that they went to in the afternoon once they’d finished with the biology lesson:

I’m gonna take you down
Back to the old fairground
Open muddy fields spin round
Oh! Hey now is this a Sign?
I’m falling down deep with the Carousels in your eyes

And it’s got a weird, surreal video, packed with brutalist buildings:

Very, very nice. And (obviously) yet another addition to my InspiredBy6 Spotify playlist. Please share the wealth: I don’t make any money from it, but more people do get to listen to better music.

Whatever the title might be.


* oh.

Day 88 – There is news. Good news.

Late(ish) last night, following my seventy-fourth email to [company], I finally received the news that I had been waiting for: the domain had been renewed.

I’m very grateful for this, but also pretty pissed off that it was ever an issue in the first place.

I had paid for a service, told them what I wanted and they just didn’t do it. That’s why, just as soon as I can, I will be moving the responsibility for this simple – but important – task to a different company.

Anyway, the good* news is that the blog is up and running for (at least) another year.




* delete if not appropriate

Day 87, part 2 – A renewal update

I’m not going to go into too much detail here, but having had a long chat with someone from [company] this morning, I’m hoping that this renewal situation can be sorted really soon now before anything unrecoverable happens.

I’m now desperately waiting for an email from the registry to tell me that stuff has been done and that everything is (hopefully) going to be fine.

The alternative is unpretty.

Day 87 – The renewal debacle

You might never see this (you will, because I am backing it up and posting it on Facebook).

Long story short, I asked (and paid for) [company] to renew the domain for the blog, and my email, and my business, and my life: something they have managed to do for the past 8 years or more with no huge palava.

It turns out that they haven’t done it this year.

And so my domain is a few days from permanent deletion.


Just great.


I’m hugely unhappy, but let’s cross that bridge once this is sorted. In the meantime, the blog could disappear at any mome


nt. Just kidding.

I’m still around on Facebook and Twitter. Come for the updates. Stay for the sweary rage.

Day 86 – On the edge

You understand just how exciting life has become when your weekend revolves around fixing the legs on two desks.

Very satisfying.

I have got a few other things planned, but to be absolutely honest, it really is mainly just desks and football this weekend.