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I am proud to have been born in the historic county of Lancaster even though the city in which I was born had been a county borough for many years. For centuries there was a Court of Chancery of the County Palatine of Lancaster and the judicial title "Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster" for the presiding judge of the Chancery Division in the Northern and North Eastern Circuits remains survives to this day. The city from which Lancashire derives its name is of course Lancaster which has a population of just over 52,000 according to Wikipedia.
There is another Lancaster on the other side of the Atlantic in Pennsylvania. That Lancaster has a slightly larger population than the English city but it retains its allegiance to the red rose which appears in the city's flag (see Wikipedia Lancaster, Pennsylvania). There is also a county of Lancaster in Pennsylvania which was settled by the Pennsylvania Dutch. It is well known for its distelfinks.
Lancastrians on both sides of the Atlantic may be interested to learn that ".lancaster" will soon be available as a new generic top level domain name. According to Nathalie Dreyfus that gTLD will be generally available in December 2015. Surprisingly, the application to sponsor this gTLD came not from Lancashire or even Pennsylvania but from France. The proposed sponsoring organization is "Lancaster" of 95 Rue du Parc, 93130 Noisy le Sec in France. Even more surprising is that ICANN's String Delegation Readiness Report determined the LANCASTER String not to be a Geographic Name which meant that it did not have to complete a Geographic Names Review.
Apparently there have been no objections to the creation of the .lancaster registry but that begs the question how many people in either the UK or the USA were aware of the application? If anyone wants to discuss this further give me a ring on 0161 850 0080 or 020 7404 5252 during office hours or send me a message through my contact form,