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Last Updated: Friday, 29 July 2005, 14:23 GMT 15:23 UK

By Kate Russell
BBC Click Online Webscape-r

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

Monopoly Live website

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Invented by Charles B. Darrow in 1934, Monopoly is one of the great board games of the last century.

Based on the simple idea of buying and selling property to achieve ultimate control of the board, it has filled many a rain-soaked afternoon.

Now, thanks to the internet, there is a new twist that brings a bit of reality back into virtual reality.

The site is called Monopoly Live and on the surface it looks like a live, online match of Monopoly. However, there is no rolling of the dice in this game.

The matches last 24 hours, and once you have made your initial purchases there is little you can do to influence the outcome.

Using Monopoly money, you buy the London properties on the Monopoly board that are available and the game starts.

There are 18, real, live, London black cabs driving around London, each of which is fitted with a GPS chip so they can be tracked around the city.

You pick one of the cabs and when a cab stops at a Monopoly property whoever owns it gets the rent, just like the real game.

Your score in a game will give you points towards a prize draw. Read the rules section to learn more.

Be aware you will get regular pop-ups prompting you to access extended services through SMS messaging.

You do not need to use those services to enjoy the curiosity of this game, and remember they come at a price, so make sure you read what the costs are before sending that text.

The live, online Monopoly game is currently inactive, until the next competition starts, but you can find out more information by

Indian Institute Of Hams website

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The next website was sent in by a viewer in India.

It is quite a specialist interest area so I will keep it brief, but I have been told by several people that the Indian Institute Of Hams is one of the best web resources on the subject of Ham radio.

If you do not know what Ham Radio is, this is also a good place to come and discover it.

In a nutshell it is amateur radio, and you need a license and there is quite a lot of paperwork involved in setting up.

From what I can see there is also a lot of tinkering with strange bits of electronics before you can start talking to people over a crackly radio from some of the most remote corners of the world and even from a space-station in orbit overhead if you are lucky.

Newbies Corner is a novice-kind section that will give you a better idea of what I am talking about.

I will not go through all of the sections, as there is a lot of text-based information on these pages, but everything is clearly marked in the left-hand panel if you want to dig any deeper.

You never know, it might even inspire you to start a new hobby. It is a bit like e-mail, but on the radio.

Vladstudio website

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Ankit from Delhi sent in the next suggestion.

It is a site crammed with artistic beauty for you to use on your desktop, but with the added twist of tutorials on how they were made.

Vladstudio.com offers the usual kind of digital art given away as desktop decorations.

It has got a good selection too, and just because it is not massively different does not stop it being good art.

There are some stunning scenes to choose from here. Download instructions are pretty obvious, and there are plenty of resolutions to choose from.

The reason I particularly liked this site above others of its kind is the fact that it contains a tutorials section.

Why not take a look and perhaps think about creating your own desktop design next time?

You do not have to be a talented fine-artist, as these tutorials reveal with their quirky and practical ideas for treating photographs with filters and such like how to gradually build up a piece of art.

Science Museum's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy website

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Finally, with Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" books brought back to life on the silver screen earlier this year, the web has seen a flurry of Hitchhiker's Guide-inspired material. Here is one of my favourites.

The game that lives on the Science Museum's website is a quick-fire animated game that taxes you with either questions about the book series, or physical and mental challenges using the characters and situations from the books.

You will get it wrong a lot at first, clicking when you are supposed to be running, and running when you are supposed to be clicking, and one fail means game over, which is pretty harsh.

They have also sneakily made some levels look identical but with a different action required to complete them. You have to be pretty on the ball if you don't want the timer to run out on you.

H2G2, as it is known online, is one of my favourite books, and the quiz is just as bizarre as you would expect.

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