Hello Again! I’ve Been Missing You Too….

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Click the image to make it bigger, please. (It’s a rare picture of the Articles and Texticles aesthetics committee, scrutinising a submission from an artist hoping to have his work hung on this site…)

Articles and Texticles is now functioning (almost) normally after changing web hosting company. Yippee, I say.

It was a somewhat fraught process though, and I nearly lost ownership of a domain name I’d owned and used for 10 years, which was a bit of a skidmark moment.

In short, the message is: Don’t move a domain name if it is within 10 days of renewal.

Even as I write, I’m still waiting for signs of life from a web domain that should have fully migrated to the new host by now. All very nailbiting stuff, I can tell you!

Coming next:

  • The Millennium Seedbank
  • Colin Stimpson’s, new book “Witch Wars”
  • Humphry Repton.
  • A brilliant watercolourist.
  • A scintillating oil painter
  • More British Art Directors
  • …and many more random dips into the artistic and cultural well….


I offer my apologies to the people who kindly left comments just before the site moved house. I don’t think I used the very latest backup when I restored the whole shebang. Whoops!


Moving Day for Articles & Texticles

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Articles & Texticles is powered by WordPress publishing software.

I like the way that WordPress   works and the direction that its open source developers are taking it.

From a webmaster’s point of view, WordPress is so much easier to administer when you compare it to the standard HTML based static website, especially when it comes to updating information and links.   There are many other benefits beside these two, obviously, such as thousands of themes (templates) and zillions of plugins that add an amazing variety of functions to the core product, but effortless updating and creating new pages is one of WordPress’s killer features.

I thought it would be good to run my other websites using this versatile platform, revive them from their torpid state, and lay the ground for some new publishing ventures.

The trouble is that WordPress runs on a   server database called MySQL, and the hosting package I’ve had with 1&1 hosting allowed me a generous   1 (yes: One) MySQL database in my Business hosting package. (You get 2 – count them! – MySQL databases nowadays, but I wasn’t allowed to upgrade to the new package without cancelling my contract and starting a new contract   from scratch.)

Even more galling was the discovery that the Business contract that 1&1 offers in the USA was not only cheaper but also offered FIFTY MySQL engines.   When I asked them to explain the disparity,   the salesperson I talked to explained that it was “the nature of the market”, and No, I couldn’t have a second database for free because they had burned the server and blacked out my sites for several hours.

So:   After 10 years, it’s time to move.   To move to a host that is available on the phone without queueing for ages.   A host that has a public user forum that shows the customers’ complaints and enquiries, warts and all, for everyone to see and doesn’t try to hide its shortcomings or failings.   A company that’s honest, in short.

Best of all, the contract has “unlimited” MySQL databases included.

Moving hosts can be fraught with problems, and halfway through the process last week, I had to put everything back in place very rapidly when I realised that one of my domain names was just about to be renewed, as it must be every two years.

The risk was that the domain name might be half way between companies and   be lost altogether if it were not registered with a hosting company at the moment of renewal.

Fortunately that moment of risk has just passed, and I can start the move all over again.

If you find this blog has temporarily vanished (you wouldn’t be reading this anyway!) fear not.   It will be back in a day or two when the domain name servers that keep the web from descending into unimaginable chaos have put the word out about Articles & Texticles’ new home.

I look forward to seeing you on the “other side”, and if you’re curious about the new hosting company’s name, you’ll have to email me in the “About” page.
I don’t want to trumpet their name just yet, not until they’ve proved themselves to be as reliable, supportive and honest as they purport to be.

Life Imitating Art

A couple of days back, I was looking at the work of Korean sculptor Do Ho Suh, whose work has often examined themes of individuality and identity in a crowded society.

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(Click these images to enlarge them, if you like)

Here’s a close-up of the base of that plinth –

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And then, the very next day, what do I see but the 60th anniversary celebration of Chinese communism being staged in Tiananmen Square.

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Uncanny, eh?

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You have to admire the training that resulted in this astonishingly precise alignment.