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What's the neon carrot site for ?

Purpose of neon carrot

Neon Carrot was originally intended to give a day-to-day (or at least a week-to-week) "travel & life in India" account to family and friends. For two years the site lay "dormant" and we started putting up real content only by spring 2003. Now that we've moved back to the UK (end of july 2004) a day-to-day account of life in India is obviously not possible. Nonetheless we'll try to keep the site going. So be warned: no promises with regard to our previous dedication!

Who is it for and who not

Neon carrot is first of all for us (selfish people we are): to have a project, to keep us occupied (not that we really have a problem with that, honestly), to find an outlet for our creativity (hey, don’t laugh). But then it’s also for friends, family, strangers, people who’ve just got home from India and feel "homesick", people who want to go and seek some information, people who never want to go but are interested, people we’ve met and would like to meet again; people we’ve met and would hate to meet again can stuff it up their… (it’s not for them).


Apart from providing some information and some articles describing the places and events we’ve been to, we want to do what every other travel site does, which is showing our pictures. NOTE: although Woody is a photographer this is NOT intended as a photographic site (if you want one go to insightphotos or to fotografika); the images on display are almost exclusively taken by our small automatic digital camera (nothing fancy, certainly nothing professional). They are purely our snap shots, a simple means to show a place or to trigger some memories.

If you’re interested in using any of the images on Neon Carrot for your own purposes, click here.

Kirsten Mar 03 / updated Aug 04


Why Neon Carrot ?

On a dark night of creative madness....

The Neon Carrot domain name came about on one of those nights where we should have been out getting healthily drunk, but had recently come back from India and had so little money that even a bottle of wine would have been stretching the mark. What we did have was an old Apple Macintosh PowerBook, a microphone and a nice little piece of software that allowed us to manipulate noises and add a load of effects. On top of all this we were feeling both creative and bored.

The idea was that we each thought of a stupid phrase, recorded it in a silly voice and then chucked it through every filter we could get our hands on, then adding some additional sound effects provided by slamming doors and abusing Kirstens guitar. BBC radio 4 provided some additional surreal interest. Poverty, it seems, is the mother of invention.

Most of the credit for the necessary inspirational insanity was provided by Simon Ashmore, who provides proof he hasnt got any more normal with every email he sends.

When it came time to buy a domain name for this site, we wanted something catchy and not at all literal. The sound file from 1997 still hung around a folder of a newer Powerbook ( having survived migration through three apple macs in between), and provided the inspiration needed.

Just click below and you'll hear the astonishing outburst of creativity:

(224kb mp3 file)

Sadly that winter was the last time we were bored and penniless enough to produce these mad tracks; we stopped being poor and went to the pub instead.

Woody Mar 03

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 capital: New Delhi
 population: 1.06 billion
 area: 3,166,414 sq km
 population density: 310 persons per sq km
 GNI (GNP): USD 470 per capita per year
 languages: 22 official + 1600 minor languages and dialects (dec 2003)
 number of states: 28 + 7 union territories
 religion: 80.5% Hindu, 13.4% Muslim, 2.3% Christian, 1.9% Sikh, 0.8% Buddhist, 0.4% Jain, 0.01% Zoroastrian, 1.3% other (2001)
 literacy rate: 64.8%
 gender ratio: 933 fem to 1000 male (2001)
 life expectancy: 61.5yr male; 62.7yr fem
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