What's up, dudes. I'm back again, and Tiscali are about to lose a customer.
What have I learnt in my terrible, awful time away from you? Firstly, that Tiscali are known for being rubbish, and secondly that the top of Everest is not the closest point on the Earth's surface to space.
That honour goes to Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador. Because the Earth bulges around the middle (not unlike me), the 20,000ft mountain is actually 1.5 miles closer to space than the 29,000ft Mount Everest. This quirk of our planet's rotation means that the Dead Sea (which everyone knows is the lowest point on Earth's surface) is closer to space than Mount McKinley (the highest point in North America).
It's a mad world.