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Last Updated: Friday, 2 December 2005, 15:25 GMT

By Kate Russell
BBC Click Online Webscape-r

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

Infinite Wheel website

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There is nothing I like more than a good interactive website, well, almost nothing.

Dave Lewis from the UK suggested our first site of today, and if you are into your dub, you are going to dig it, man.

What I lack in street cred I can more than make up for at Infinite Wheel.

This charmingly presented interactive site allows you to create your own banging dub tracks, and the beauty of it is, you need absolutely no musical talent to begin. Trust me on this, I know.

There are nine ways to play. Click an icon on the opening page to begin, and then you can jump between the different sections using the navigation bar across the bottom.

The instructions are limited, as it is usually just a question of clicking on something, or dragging your mouse pointer around the screen to interact with objects.

This will begin loops, and trigger sound effects that join in on the beat.

If a loop does not start, hit the left or right arrow key, as that is probably the trigger. In fact, just have a play and see what you produce. You might be surprised by how funky it sounds.

Local Exchange Trading System website

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Now a website that helps you get in tune with your community by providing a system of trading services locally that is quietly gathering momentum.

The Local Exchange Trading System consists of a global chain of not-for-profit organisations, who distribute a directory of people offering various goods or services in the same area.

For instance photographers, decorators, gardeners, and even web designers. Traded goods could be something like vegetables from an allotment, or even home baked cakes.

Instead of trading cash, you earn or spend whatever the local exchange currency has been called, be it Hemplets in Hemel Hempstead, or Hands in Golden Bay, New Zealand.

As well as giving information about the system, this website also contains a directory of contact information for more than 1000 groups in over 20 countries.

It is up to you whether you want to get in touch, but reading the story under the All About LETS link, might help you come to a decision.

Rollyo website

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Next up, a natty little search tool that was suggested by our very own Dan from the Click office.

Rollyo offers the ability to search the content of a list of specified websites, allowing you to narrow down the results to pages from websites that you already know and trust.

You will need to register to make a new search roll, but the privacy agreement looks above board to me.

Within the search roll set-up you can list up to 25 websites, and choose to make it public or private. There are also directories of other people's rolls. Check out the high rollers for some of the most popular searches on the site.

There are also a number of other add-ons either available, or in the pipeline. Click on Tools to find them. I cannot get the Firefox Search bar plug-in to work just yet, but then this is a beta website, so one would expect a few glitches.

box7box website

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And finally, some more interactivity. I found a fabulous little toy at box7box.com.

You need to click on Works and then choose the TinyGrow2003 link to launch the toy, which is an interactive experience that allows you to grow a random digital garden by clicking on the objects that appear on screen.

Click the centre of the spinning tree to begin. It randomly selects an icon, and a branch grows.

Interact with whatever springs out of that branch and a new seed will be planted in your garden. Keep clicking the centre panel until it stops spinning, and make sure you get all the seeds off the tree before the sprout finally blows up.

It is very random, and totally pointless and that is probably why I like it so much.

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