My sub-domains work now. Which is good news. But I now will have to reorganise some of my site to ensure that they work properly. At the moment all the pages reference the same cascading style-sheet file in the root, but once sub-domains are set up they won’t be able to see the root directory. Hmm… some thinking and planning is needed, methinks.

Sub-domain refers to the portion before the domain name, which is most often ‘www’ – so, for example, could take you straight to this blog sub-section of my site. The only section that does work properly is which will take you to the exNYCgb forum.

exNYCgb Forum

Last night and this morning I worked out how to set up a phpBB forum on the exNYCgb.

It’s for the ex-members of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, of whom I am a member. I have a great sense of satisfaction at being able to do this. Installation was simple, once I’d worked out the name of the database and its DNS path. With the press of a button it was done, and the forums and categories were set up in no time.

Having played around a little with PostNuke I found the Administrator controls in phpBB far more intuitive and simple to use. Top marks! All I have to work out now is how to transfer the forum to another site when I finally upgrade the exNYCgb webspace. Hmmm…..

Oh! The forum can be found at

Why do people hate America?

Why do people hate America?The latest in my series of political books is about the current climate of hatred towards all things American, brought to the fore especially by the events of September 11, and the subsequent so-called War on Terror, and the very recent, second Gulf War.

So far, I’ve got as far as the end of the Introduction, and so far I am impressed. This is a call for understanding, of the American culture, which seems its darnedest to become the global culture; of Western European culture; and of Middle Eastern, sometimes Muslim, culture. This requires dialogue, communication, open-ness.

I’ve visited the USA more than any other country, outside the UK. During my first visit there in 1989, when I was 17, I was awestruck by its vastness and enormity. During my last-but-one visit in 2001 I was quite disillusioned with America. It didn’t seem to live up to what it had previously promised to be: liberty and justice for all; I could see the cracks in the make-up. This year when I returned I had a more balanced view. As balanced as it can be in (a) California, and (b) living on Pacific Heights in a multi-million dollar complex! Our visit to Seattle I think helped.

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this book. It, and Michael Moore’s book, has certainly encouraged me to take a closer interest in politics. Are we too apathetic about politics? or do those in power do their best to make the system so unreadable and untryable that we simply allow them to carry on because it the game is too difficult in which to get involved?


Good news! Dave Mustaine (, lead guitar and vocals with legendary thrash metal band Megadeth ( is back and raring to go.

Mustaine retired from music a couple of years ago when he sustained an injury (something to do with his radial nerve) on his hand, which prevented him from playing. But now he is healed! And making a come-back.

Sad news, for me, is that long-time bassist David Ellefson ( is no longer in Megadeth. I dropped him an e-mail last week, and to my delight he replied. Keep an eye on his website for the latest in his goings on, particularly with a band called F5… that should be refreshing!