Noticed that the domain name ends in a '.' - is this intentionally or a typo? Works fine with or without.
Does DNS simply ignore a trailing '.'?
Just checking here with "google.com." and indeed it does! Google will rewrite the URL to omit the trailing '.' but other sites apparently do not. "irishtimes.com." for example.
Also tangentially, do you do your smiley backwards (like I do) so that Outlook doesn't rewrite them on you?