As I don't keep a record of the date on which a "new" country first visits, I cannot confirm when Iraq first appeared. It was definitely this year but, as Joe says, well before Hayley's visit to Basra. From memory, I think it was at least six months ago.
Unfortunately, I cannot tell whether the visitors were soldiers or Iraqi citizens. Whatever, the word is definitely spreading!
Hello Roger... I don't know very much about computers and I have a question for you. If someone is on HWI and is not a member but just looking at the site, how do you know where they are from? Thankyou from Annie
Those stats are nothing to do with this forum, they refer to the main HWI site. At the foot of the front page is the stats counter currently displaying that 1,219,824 people have visited the site since we launched (a little over five years ago). As that account at StatsCounter.com is registered to me, I can log in and see certain details of the last 100 pageloads. It is currently telling me that, of the last 100 pages to be viewed, 47 of them were accessed by people in the UK, 34 from the US, 8 from New Zealand, 8 from Australia, 2 Unknown and 1 from Mexico. I check it two or three times a day, looking for any country to be listed that hasn't appeared before (which is rare now because all the most likely countries have visited). The software recognises the approximate location of visitors by their IP address.
Incidentally, you are not alone. I don't know much about computers either!
PS. Ah, it's changed. Someone from the Netherlands has just come in a looked at six pages! Good, innit?
Thats pretty good going - 120 countries ! Slightly off topic, I would like to say congratulations to Joe for his dedication to Hayley and this forum over the last 5 years. Its always a pleasure to read your posts Joe and to chat on-line with you once each month - all be it briefly. I really do hope that it won't be long now until you meet Hayley in person. Once again, well done.
I think it's really amazing just how many countries HWI represents. Equally amazing is our means to communicate...could anyone imagine this 20 years ago. How fortunate I am to be able to wish someone from Hong Kong, Germany, or Scotland a happy birthday or a hello. Or to send my best wishes to a blessed singer from New Zealand.
Thanks for your kind words, Mark. I believe that dreams do come true, and that someday I'll be able to meet many of my friends here.