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    Five years, and we’re still here….

     Posted in The Blog & The Rantastic Podcast at 12:54 on Sunday, December 16th, 2012 by Mr. Rant

    I don’t think that when I started this website, five years ago, it would still be here after all that time. In the five years that I have been writing here we’ve seen some changes but the ethos of the website continues to this day, it is essentially for fun.

    In late 2007, The Rantastic was launched. I started out very small while we searched for a direction for the site, when it was born it didn’t even have it’s own home, it was hosted on a subdomain of another site I had a hand in until 2008 when therantastic.com was created. Since then the popularity has grown steadily and we now handle a little under 50,000 unique visits a month which is pretty good considering that this site doesn’t really serve a purpose.

    After the we purchased the website name, we started to put more effort into it’s design and development, the site facade you see hasn’t changed that much since it’s inception but many of our background processes have been tweaked and updated to make it more reliable, whilst the site is admittedly overdue a facelift, I’m happy to see it develop as time goes on rather than rush a new design out, but we are working on some updates for the future and a possible return of the podcast.

    For the future, it’s fairly certain that this website will still be here in another five years time, or at least I hope so. I’m pleased that I’ve kept the site ad free, and as open as possible, I hope to continue for a bit longer yet.

    One final thing:

    Thank you, for your views and readership over the past five years, I hope that we continue to make you smile, grimace and enjoy our little piece of the internet for years to come.


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    Short URL Service Launched

     Posted in Technology & The Blog at 14:21 on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 by Mr. Rant

    We’ve just launched a short URL Service, at the moment we’re still testing it out but we hope to have it running fully soon!


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    Kinda back, maybe, we’ll see…

     Posted in Breaking News & The Blog at 20:26 on Sunday, May 30th, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    Evenin’ Kiddies,

    As you may be aware I’ve been taking some time off from this website for a little while, I am still alive (not that you’d be that bothered anyway :-p). Regardless I’ve been taking sometime off to try and get my life sorted pretty much, no easy task there. This website has been great for me, it’s been so good to be able to blog away about any old crap and get away with it.

    I sort of dropped off with posting at Christmas, I’d had a very busy few weeks and the site got forgotten; periodically I’ve been stopping by to check things and to make sure it’s still here. I haven’t also been podcasting at all.

    I think maybe I’ve wanted to just have normal life for a while. I still plan to keep up with The Rant, but for now it’s got to take a back seat. I haven’t been twittering either, unless it’s a special event; you might have seen my Tweets for Eurovision and some for the MHL Parties which I have a big hand in running, but other than that it’s been pretty quiet on this website.

    I’m still toying with the idea of semi-closing the site.  I haven’t a clue whether that’s a good idea or not.  This website still gets a fair few visits which is a testament to you dear reader.  When I stared this site a little over three years ago, I spent a large amount of time getting it right, it was a labour of love and I still love it, I always will.  The Rantastic is my baby, she’s a bit screwed up and very raw but she’s a big part of my internet based life.

    I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodbye to her just yet; but something has to break for me to carry on with a ‘normal’ life and maybe The Rant is that thing.  Maybe it won’t be? I honestly can’t say.  We’ll see what the next few months bring, if I haven’t got back into it by August I think that might be a sign that maybe I shouldn’t be running this website any more.  If I do close it and I’m not ready to, I’ll miss it a lot.  So for now you’re stuck with reading back over the 156 posts I’ve made in the past.  It’s funny looking back over the development of my writing style from post one to this very one.

    I’m still very proud of this website and my writing.

    “Keep holding out for Mr. Rant”

    That’s the motto I’m living by at the moment.

    Thanks for reading.


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    Win a T-Shirt!

     Posted in The Blog & Twitter at 10:44 on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but fear of no entries has prevented it, but now I’m gonna give it a bash seeing as it’s Christmas!

    All you need to do is answer the following question and you could win a fantabulous Rantastic T-Shirt!!!

    On which date is Christmas celebrated?

    Send you answer and your name to: mr.rant@therantastic.com and we’ll pick a winner on 21st december 2009!

    Please put competition in the subject line.

    For a copy of the terms and conditions please send me an email asking for them.


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    A Minor Gripe…

     Posted in Anger Level 3 & The Blog at 1:41 on Sunday, March 15th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    As you can see this little old blog is back to it’s usual styling.  I’m sad to see the crazy background of noses go I really liked them. Kind of psychedelic. Anyway, it’s back to being it’s usual boring self.

    I plan to do some major redesign work in the next few weeks, so watch out for some updates, better integration with Twitter and the beginnings of my “Have a Rant on me campaign!”.   You should see changes in the next few days when I start recoding and jigging the page designs around.  So it should be a few interesting and exciting weeks for this blog.

    Now on with The Rant…

    I’ve always been a supporter of some charities, even though I’m miserable and most of the time screaming at the world I do like to make a difference if I can.  I support a wildlife charity called Secret World, it’s not by any stretch of the imagination anything remotely kinky, it’s mostly about badgers.  I support them mainly because our natural wildlife is so pushed these days to survive with the problems we’ve caused for it, that it needs the intervention of ‘man’ to help out every now and then; and besides I like badgers.

    Something grated on me last night.  I usually enjoy Comic Relief; it’s good wholesome fun – most of the time.  However something made me see it in a new light.  It’s been said many things that Comic Relief is all about Africa and for the most part it is; it is this with which I disagree.  Charity starts at home is what I was always told and to me that’s the way it should be.  I understand and get why we need to help people in other countries that’s a basic human compunction, the need to help; ‘human nature’.

    It annoys me vehemently that in a time of recession at home we’re being told that we should put our hands in our pockets and support people with the little money we have or not as the case is likely to be.  As I said I’m not a hard person… much but I really started to disagree with Comic Relief last night. I have a pang of guilt writing this but it needed to be said and someone needed to say it.


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    Problems with my style

     Posted in The Blog at 14:38 on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 by Mobile Rant

    All sorted I hope. Had a HTML tag open hopefully all nice and back to normal.


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