What's in a Name?

Beyond the North Wind

Various ancient Greek texts refer to hyperborea, a land that lay 'Beyond the North Wind'.

I feel that the idea of describing the location of an island by its relationship to a wind is an appropriate metaphor for the internet, where websites that represent the endeavours and interests of real people are defined in terms of a medium which, like the wind, may be powerful yet has no tangible substance to it.

The name also makes me think about the value of being willing to try to look at the world from different perspectives - to spot the links that perhaps you would not see by looking in the same old way - to try not to rely on life's solid structures when the world we live in is fundamentally in a constant state of flux where everything that truly matters is changing, growing or in motion.

Michael Ball