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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
BBC Click Online Webscape-r

Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Global Ideas Bank

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Ever had a really stunningly brilliant idea but not had anyone to tell about it?

Would you like to stand on your soapbox and explain to the world how you think things could be improved?

Nick Temple from London wrote in to share this website with us.

The Global Ideas Bank provides a home on the world wide web for all those brilliant ideas that just need to be heard.

The best way to get a feel for it is to have a browse.

Either take your pick of the featured recommended ideas on the opening page, or use the reference panels on the right to browse the entries by category.

I strongly advise a gander through the most humorous section if you want a bit of a chuckle.

But aside from the funnies, there are actually some really good ideas here - not so much inventions, more suggestions on how the social mechanics of our societies could be tweaked to improve living conditions.

I only hope someone who can make them happen is reading this website too.

When you have got a feel for it, why not post your own idea, or comment on someone else's.


This is the Life

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Continuing the theme of sharing ideas, this recently launched site is quite literally an inspiration.

This Is The Life has been put together to provide a space for people to share their meaningful experiences.

These range so vastly across the spectrum of experience that it is hard summarise.

To get a feel for it, have a scout through the main headings yourself - you will find them across the top - then look at the categories that appear in the left-hand menu panel when you click on one.

You will find anything from ice-fishing in Alaska to singing karaoke in Japan.

As well as being able to read personal accounts, you will find most of the entries have a decent couple of photographs attached, and there are always lively discussions taking place in the after comments too.

If you happen to be looking for that spark of inspiration to motivate you into the next great life experience, then this site will definitely give you food for thought.

And, if you have something to add, or your own experience to suggest, then go ahead.

From what I can see, this community is lively and very supportive.


Hubblesite

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Personally, I find looking at pictures of outer space inspiring, and where better to find pictures of outer space than the Hubble Telescope, which has been collecting images for years.

Here is a place where you can download a little piece of the universe to lay on your desktop.

The Wallpaper Zone is actually part of Hubblesite. Click through the menus to reach the gallery of wallpapers and then start browsing the thumbnails for something you like. Under each thumbnail you find a link to the image in several desktop sizes.

Clicking the link and selecting "save as" on the image that follows will place it on your hard drive for later use.

You can select "Set as Wallpaper" from the right-click context menu, but this sets your desktop into active mode, which uses valuable resources.

One really nice touch is the quick link through to information about the image that appears underneath the thumbnail too.

This launches you into a page within the Hubble website that explains everything about the nebula or galaxy you are looking at.

It is a first class website, so it is well worth having a proper browse if you are looking for more than just a pretty desktop.


Double You

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Finally a website suggested by viewer Ajay M Jadhav from India.

Double You is the home of a design and advertising agency, and very often this type of company will use their websites to showcase their talents.

The benefit of this to me and you is that they often have some really smart little widgets there for us to enjoy.

For starters, have a play with the splash page. Simple but effective, it engages the visitor straight away.

Once you enter the site there is a little more exploring to do before you find the menu systems.

Put your mouse over the white dot on the record, then open up the menus that appear over them. I love the way the options pop out at you.

The free bit for you to enjoy is the Sonar Challenge.

It is a brilliantly addictive game of keepy-uppies with a really silly commentary, which is bound to fill a few minutes at the end of a busy day.

Be careful - it is the kind of game that sucks up more of your time than you realise.


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