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

Papercraft website

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Origami is the ancient art of paper folding and a viewer called Mike sent us in a stunning collection of origami templates and designs that can be reached at Papercraft.

All these designs on the site can be built with no special equipment.

Once you have chosen a category, followed by the design you want to make, just click the links to either a coloured version, for which you will obviously need a colour printer, or a plain black and white version which you can colour by hand before it is built.

Full assembly instructions are also downloaded here. You will need a PDF reader installed and a download link will come up if you do not have one already.

Now all you have to do is follow the intricate instructions.

Good luck.


Holidays Uncovered website

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Have you ever booked a low cost package holiday thinking you had got a great deal, only to arrive at the resort and discover there was a very good reason the deal was so cheap?

Holidays Uncovered is a holiday site with a difference.

There is information here about resorts all over the world and anyone who visits the site can add their own comments on any resort.

What this does is provide a very frank and varied set of opinions on a resort from a first hand perspective, allowing you to steer well clear of those that come up short.

Just use the drop-down menu in the top search box to choose the location you are thinking about, then scroll down to find the reviews.

To add your own review use the link in the bottom right-hand corner of the main frame. All the instructions on what to do follow.

You can also click the Search link at the bottom of the frame to create a more detailed search for reviews that are relevant to you.

This website is very simple in concept, but really demonstrates the power that the web can give us as consumers.

Brilliant stuff.


Count to Nine website

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I have shown you a couple of web-based Sudoku games in the past, but Count to Nine is different as it allows you to create your own custom-made puzzle book to be printed out and used on the road.

First, select the PDF book builder link on the right then click the link to build the book.

Again, you will need a PDF reader installed, then once the book is loaded - which could take a while if you are surfing on narrowband - just print it out and staple it together.

The puzzles come first, with pages full of solutions at the back.

Easy peasy.


XKCD website

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Finally, a little bit of daily fun for those that like to have a chuckle at a slightly risque comic strip.

XKCD is a site put together by a college graduate from Virginia, who works with robots, and has a wry and rather off the wall sense of humour.

Note: the site comes with the caveat that it is not suitable for children, and if you are easily offended by the occasional adult content you should probably steer clear of it too.

The cartoon drawings are rudimentary, but the style of writing and humour is very sophisticated.

The pages are updated regularly, and there is even the option to add the Live Journal cartoon to your own site using an RSS feed if you want to. The author licenses his work for free distribution using the Creative Commons system.



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