Question for those of you from the UK

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Question for those of you from the UK

Postby Omphalos » Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:10 pm

Did some newspaper just run an article on a book called "Omphalos," or something? Starting last week my website started getting absolutely bombed by UK internet sites where the users were searching for something like "author of Omphalos," or "book Omphalos author" or something else similar to those. The hits are from England, Wales and Scotland, and there are like 500% more than usual, and they are only slowly dying down. Its a real head scratcher for me, so I wanted to ask if anyone has any insight. Oh, and sorry if this is in the wrong topic. I honestly don't think Ive ever started anything here before.
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Postby inhuien » Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:37 am

I would have certainly brought it to your attention had I seen such a thing. Give me a wee while and I'll have a looksee.
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Postby inhuien » Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:50 am

A quick search revealed these.

telegraph 09/03/2008 3rd Sept,2008
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jh ... mur109.xml

guardian 27th May, 2006
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/ma ... stival2006
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:09 am

Thank you. I dont think either one of those would have done it. Almost all of the searches were for an "author." Hmmmm.
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Postby Liege-Killer » Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:32 pm

Could it have had anything to do with this author by any chance?

It's a long shot, I know.
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:06 pm

Liege-Killer wrote:Could it have had anything to do with this author by any chance?

It's a long shot, I know.


Probably not. A bunch of the search terms are along the lines of "Omphalos novel." That looks like a treatise. Anyway, after the hits started I looked around for books called Omphalos. That was the least wacky of the bunch.

I was thinking it was a newspaper article or a documentary or something because the hits came from all over the country. If they had come from one town, I would have said that it was some class or something where that is required reading. It did start after all right after classes resumed. But it was so sudden I was taken aback.
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Postby SpacemanSpiff » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:53 am

I did a search on Fantastic Fiction and all I got was
Pawn of Omphalos writen in 1979 by E C Tubb.
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Postby Omphalos » Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:05 am

SpacemanSpiff wrote:I did a search on Fantastic Fiction and all I got was
Pawn of Omphalos writen in 1979 by E C Tubb.


Have you ever read any Tubb, Spiff? I never have but was thinking of getting some stuff.
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Postby Crysknife » Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:07 am

I know, I know! :D

It was on Richard Dawkin's site.(England!) I read that article a little while back and remembered that comment because of your name.

Here's the link:

http://www.richarddawkins.net/article,3 ... hool,Wired

It's in comment 239935 under the article.

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Postby Omphalos » Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:35 am

Thanks everyone, for your help. If that is it, its pretty awesome how one little comment like that would start a landslide of web searches, huh?
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Postby Crysknife » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:52 pm

Omphalos wrote:Thanks everyone, for your help. If that is it, its pretty awesome how one little comment like that would start a landslide of web searches, huh?


Well, I guess we can't be sure that was it, but that site gets a TON of traffic. When I read it, I was going to look it up as well. People over there like to know about other books that have been written on the subject of religion. I don't doubt that it was the reason for all the search results.
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