TWBrit.com

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Just when you thought you were ready to relaunch!

As many know, I had to let the original domain name I invented for this site go as the previous hosting service of the domain had been taking money for services not received – even after they were directed to no longer do so.

This site has an interesting history, from being referenced on the BBC and other tv stations, mentioned by would be politicians, a few celebs and so many others.
It is and has been a passion and was a short form url instead of the full “The Wondering Brit” (and yes, wOndering, not wAndering)

Last year the Domain twbrit.com became available again and I pounced to purchase it.
After checking prices around the web, it came down to either GoDaddy or Hostgator.
I’d had trouble with another old domain while changing NAME file configuration so went with the one I had not had any trouble with – Hostgator…

On November 30th 2017, and mentioned across Facebook and also leading to the previous post – I purchased twbrit.com from Hostgator…

Years of strife melted away and I was happy to the core…

I checked a few times to see it had all gone through and wrote the outline Whois for the ownership etc.  But typically, racing off to Italy, back to Holland, the UK and then to the USA for Christmas, it all got put on the back burner while I considered the format of the new “for profit” TWBrit website.

And since then, working for HERE Technologies and more I wasn’t able to get around to starting the work… cue the moment you realise you need to invest in a webdesigner…

TWBrit is my name and trademark and has been since 2008. Ten years and at one point bringing in 30,000 unique visitors a week until I released the Domain and reverted to the wordpress one.

A few days ago, my eye caught something at the top of the screen flickering – the TWBrit icon suddenly changed..
I clicked on it and was greeted with “This Domain For Sale”….

I immediately went to Paypal and checked the transactions. Sure enough, monies paid to Hostgator – that domain is MINE!!!

I go to Hostgator… no sign of TWBrit…

I contact Hostgator – and get a “Oh sorry, it didn’t go through – please pick a new name”…
That it??!!! That’s my trademark… I paid for goods not received, they lost my trademark!!
I go to Whois: Purchased in February 2018…
Hold on… this isn’t right at all!!!

At this point, I have reached  “livid”….

Letter from Hostgator:
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I replied stating we are seeking legal advice.

Needless to say, this is all not very good nor great, not for me and most certainly not for Hostgator for their apparent passion of “Turning ideas into reality”.
But above all, it’s about the name the url I created and the loss of my trademark url.

We’ll keep you updated.
 

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Strange Challenge Turns into Enjoyment

So, I have been spending not hours, but days working on an image that has frankly changed the way I do business – i.e. I won’t do that again lol.
Four days in and I get a fun photo challenge from Gabsatrucker’s Aunt who lives on the edge of Death Valley in Nevada, USA.

It was simple really, take and post a photo under the broad title of “Nature” every single day for one whole week.

I’m not saying I’ve got used to my chair but I was like “Wha…. you mean go out *there*….”

Our camera is a Fuji HS30 EXR, it’s far exceeded its shutter life, it takes about one sharp photo in 200 now – but I thought, If I can do this then maybe, just maybe,  if I ever get good equipment I might be alright at this one day.

The week just finished and here are the results for your enjoyment.  I’m not fishing for compliments as I have found in my life, criticism is a far better creative tool and one that makes you learn more. So feel free to complain about them, but note I possibly already aware of blur, aberration etc. 😀
Oh and the photo of the big house (Wollaton Hall aka Wayne Manor in The Dark Knight Rises) was taken from 2.05 miles (3.30 km) away.

No points of spotting the TWBrit logo in every pic 😉 Copyrights are what they are, TWBrit/RWIR/Me 🙂

Finally a huge thank you to Cheryl and of course Gabsatrucker for pointing out and showing me some amazing places where I took all but one of these photos.

Gabsatrucker also runs another great site for all you fitness and running type folks called of Runsound Mind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My 2014 in a few pictures

A little travel (London, Paris, The West Country) and stuff about the house and dubious oddness
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Of Stargate to TWBrit

36796209TWBrit was once called “LEGENDARY”…. (for reasons only known to a few) I’m not lying!!

So…. What would the star of the Sci-Fi horror movie the “Cube” say?
The same guy who almost stole the show Stargate SG1 and who became the greatest genius of the human race while totally stealing the show as Dr Rodney McKay in Stargate Atlantis – to be bettered by only his sister Kate.
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The writer, director and star of “A Dog’s Breakfast”, also appearing in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and soon to be released “Debug”a-dogs-breakfast.26134

 

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Just what did David Hewlett briefly let slip as a description of TWBrit?

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The Nürburgring and Top Gears Respect for Sabine Schmitz

top-gear-logoYou don’t have to watch the UK’s Top Gear motoring show for long to realise that beyond the all too typical male bravado, there is one person whom stands head and shoulders above the prideful presenters tgteamsmlof Clarkson, May and the Hamster. This person is their nemesis, more highly skilled than all of them put together and frankly they love and respect her. That person is Sabine Schmitz. The fastest drcropsaiver of the torturous Nürburgring in Germany.

And this is why; Sabine not only out drives just about everyone, she set the lap record at Nürburgring at the age of 19 at 8 minutes 16 seconds in a Ford Sierra Cosworth. In October 2008 she set a new lap record for a non-turbocharged car at 7 minutes 07 seconds in a Porsche 997 RSR (Frikadelli Racing Team).

 

Nürburgring History and F1:

gp-track-copyNürburgring is not the little track you may have seen and possibly will see later this year in Formula 1 – no, it’s huge!!  It’s 13 miles long, it’s a mountain race track and has 147 corners!

With steep inclines, descents and hairpin bends, it is not only a formidable test on the skill and stamina of any driver irrespective of skill level – but the car itself. Simply put, if the car is not in 100% top shape, it will not survive this assault.

Back in the 12th century Count Ulrich probably never imagined that one day, anurbergring-copy1t the foot of his time-honoured Nürburg, the queen of racing courses would attract people from all over the world. After the Ring opened on 18th June 1927 it soon became clear what a great economic force this early form of the leisure industry was going to become in the entire region. Restaurants with guest rooms turned into hotels, meadows into car parks and the races were a blessing for what was one of the poorest regions in Germany. The story of the Nürburgring goes back eight decades – a period in which it has produced many stories, has thrilled many generations of racing drivers and fans and has become the economic powerhouse of the Eifel region.

Part of the track called the ‘Nordschleife’, still in use today was nick named ‘The Green Hell’ by Jackie Stewart. It is widely considered the toughest, most dangerous and most demanding purpose build race track in the world.

Sabine History:

Born to the neues-bild10local hotel and restaurant owning Schmitz family, Sabine and her two elder sisters grew up in the “Hotel am Tiergarten”  in Nürburg within the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Sabine came to mass public attention driving one of the two BMW M5 Ring Taxi around the 13 mile long race track in an entertaining manner. As she once put it “Anyone can drive fast on an Autobahn, but drifting a car sideways around a bend at 140 is different”.

Conservative estimates say that Sabine has driven around the Nürburgring no less than 20,000 times, and she has become known as both the “Queen of the Nürburgring” and “the fastest taxi driver in the world”.  Her company, Nürburgring – based Sabine Schmitz Motorsport, offers advanced driver training and a “Ring Taxi” service for passengers.img_0016

Her list of achievement is simply staggering by anyone’s account. She has raced for companies, driven all over the world and even put a Main Battle Tank through its paces. Furthermore she is an accomplished helicopter pilot. Ironically, Top Gear once raced an AH64 Apache Longbow, yet none of them could actually fly one – they might want to think about that.

Sabine is known worldwide, her Television career has brought heSabine Schmitz 8r global attention putting her all too familiar smile, style and highly entertaining skill into our homes.

Basically, if you ever wanted to see men put in their place, then not only can this lady do it – but the sheer intimidation of such an amazing race track, simply destroys them. And lets be honest, Clarkson deserves it.

First up, to explain what Sabine is all about The BMW M5 RingTaxi

Ok, you get the idea,  now lets see her with Top Gear (sadly the quality is low on these as the YouTube BBC page is yet to carry them.

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Sabine Top Gear Ford Transit

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Nürburgring 2009

This Year will see massive investment into the Nürburgring, in fact they are turning it into an all year round leisure facility with major upgrades and expansion costing around 252 million Euros. The four main areas of investment are in Racing, Adventure, Business and Holiday. They will be working with existing tourism service providers to make, frankly, one awesome site. From Rock concerts to Formula One and the myriad of other functions from driver training to the grueling Nürburgring 24hr race – Nürburgring will be, and IS, a must for anyone interested in motor sport at any level.

For more information regarding activities and events at Nürburgring, go to there website HERE

Sabine – present work + website

frikadelli-racing-teamSabine Schmitz continues to expand her awesome career to date and is still a keen Professional Racing Driver. She presently races for Team Frikadelli Racing and while there is the Sabine Schmitz Motosport Website, Sabine is vespeedbee-beery much involved in a real hands on capacity with her ALL NEW website Speedbee.de . At present it is mainly in German Language format, but Sabine tells me the English version is coming very soon.

For further information about Sabine, her work (past and present) and what she’s doing in the future, please do not hesitate going to her websites.

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In conclusion; TWBrit, or moreover, I would like to take a moment to thank Ihre Meltem Yildiz at Dederichs Reinecke & Partner who are Nürburgring’s PR Team and special TWBrit gratitude to Sabine Schmitz for information and help with writing this article.

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