Water in places it shouldn’t be

We’re quite lucky in that our bathroom actually has a bath in it. However, it drains into a hole in the floor that, with an air trap in it, that, every couple of months or so, needs to be removed and have gunk taken out of it. If we don’t do this then the bath will eventually stop draining properly and water will spill out onto the floor.

Unfortunately, the only way to get the to the air trap is to slide the bath across the bathroom. Last night we did this and this morning the bath drained as it should.

On the way back from skiing up on Golsfjellet I noticed that the Syncro’s temperature warning light was flashing like mad. We stopped in the centre of Gol and I crawled under the van whilst Damae went off to get some antifreeze. I found the leak, and we made it home without any further drama (well assuming the engine hasn’t been damaged). I checked the hose where it was leaking to find that it was just a jubilee clip that had worked loose. The RV 51 is very rough at the moment with chewed up snow, deep ruts and washboard road surface in many places. I’m assuming that the jubilee clip worked loose in the last couple of trips up the hill.

So today, I am going to walk down to Biltema to pick up eleven bottles of antifreeze, drain the Syncro’s cooling system properly and then refill with the fresh antifreeze and copious amounts of water. It takes more than eighteen litres to fill it, of which nine litres is antifreeze.

Whilst it isn’t the sort of problem you want to have to fix in the midst of winter, we’re quite glad that the leak hadn’t happened up on Golsfjellet. It is also fortunate that the temperature is only -4’c today, still not a pleasant temperature to be doing such work in but a lot better than -20’c.

Wish me luck.

Fresh new snow

This is the view that greeted us this morning. It looks lovely out there. After breakfast we’ll brush off the Syncro, clear the drive and path and head up the hill.

The view is always different and always the same.

An open letter to Eurid: Why can’t I register an eu internet domain?

Dear Eurid,

I’m an EU passport holder. Thanks to the wonderful rules of the EU and the EEA I have moved to Norway. It is my right and everything is hunky dory. Well almost everything.

The same EU that helped me move to Norway, now says I cannot register a .eu address BECAUSE I have moved to Norway. See http://www.eurid.eu/files/733_2002_EN_1.pdf article 4 (a link from this page:http://www.eurid.eu/en/faq)

The only way I could register an EU internet domain would be to move back to the EU. This is an obvious limit to my freedom to move, live and work within the EU/EEA. So, I am allowed to find work in Noway, but I have to move back to an EU country to be able to register an EU domain name.

In stark contrast, can live in either Norway or an EU country and register a ‘net’ or ‘com’ domain name. Despite not having lived in the UK since 1996 I can still register a ‘co.uk’ domain.

I am a citizen of the EU with a european oriented website, but I cannot register an ‘eu’ domain. Why am I (and doubless many other EU citizens) being discriminated against in this way?

I found this document from 2006 (http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/06/159&format;=HTML&aged;=0&language;=EN&guiLanguage=en)

I quote:

May I register a “.eu” name if I live in Iceland,Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland?” Not yet, but the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) have begundiscussions with a view to extending the scope of the .eu Top Level Domain toIceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.”

So what, if any, progress have the EU and the EEA managed to make in the intervening five years?

Thanks in advance
Stan Williams
Gol, Norway.

Update: 14th of Jan

I got a nice and informative email back from a nice lady at Eurid. In keeping with European Bureaucratic Tradition it tells me that I can’t register an EU domain name because those are the rules.

In the same useful email, I have had it confirmed that the progress made since 2006 in allowing residents of EEA countries access to EU domain names is precisely nothing. However there seems to be a work around for those of us living in the EEA. I quote:

“Businesses and individuals from these three countries could apply for a.eu domain name already now if they are established in an EU country(e.g. if they have a branch office / postal address in the EU).”

Well nice to know, as fortunately I have a couple of postal addresses in the EU I can make use of. Curious though that the rules state that residency is required but in practice you only need a postal address.


One more point, I’ve just checked the rules about US domain names and .eu domains names have the same limitations as .us domain names. However, I consider .eu to be more generic than .us (although residents of the United States of Mexico might disagree with me on that point). A quick look at a map of Europe suggest that residents and businesses in approximately half of the landmass of the European continent are denied access to .eu domains.

Oh well, UK domain names are very cheap and .net/.com etc are universal.