"The Nineteenth century saw a great Springtime of Nations as the revolutions of 1848 saw new countries created the length and breadth of Europe. In our world today we are now seeing our own Spring Awakening with people and cultures that have long been dormant and subdued asserting their right to exist, their right to dream." Adam Price MP
Saturday, 21 May 2011
A Lost Domain
Cayman Islands beats Wales to '. cym' domain name
Wales has lost out to the Cayman Islands in a bid to secure the rights to the internet domain name ". cym".
The Caymans, a tiny island state with a population of just 60,000Photo: CORBIS
The decision by the United Nations marked the end of a four-year battle in which Wales hoped to be awarded the web address suffix, to represent "Cymru".
To make matters worse for Welsh nationalists hoping for their own distinct domain identity, the ruling rested on the fact that the Caymans, a tiny island state with a population of just 60,000, is recognised as a state, while Wales is part of Britain.
That the Cayman Islands already has the suffix ".ky" to use in its web addresses was not enough to prevent the Caribbean state taking precedence.
Siôn Jobbins, of dotCYM, a campaign orchestrated to support Wales's bid for the domain identity, told The Independent the group would be appealing for suggestions of alternatives to ". cym".
Submissions have included ". gwalia", in tribute to the "old romantic" name for Wales, and ". wales", but Mr Jobbins admitted it would be "a bit odd" to use an Anglicised word to promote Welsh culture and language.