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Last Updated: Friday, 5 January 2007, 14:33 GMT
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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
Click Webscape-r

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

Powderroom.net website

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The skiing and snowboarding season is well and truly under way in Europe - in fact if you do not get your skates on, you are going to miss it.

I discovered our first site today when I was mooching around for information about snowboarding that was not too macho, and boy did I strike lucky here.

Powderroom.net is a snowboarding website aimed at the ladies, and I really like the fresh and feminine slant they have put on what is traditionally a very male-oriented sport.

The design sings super-cool, with the latest news and events clearly presented on the opening page.

Use the tabs across the top to jump from section to section. Of particular note is the article about waxing your own board. Having a nicely waxed board will make you simply fly down the slopes, and this is a very cheap alternative to taking it in to a shop to be done.

I also want to draw your attention to the forum, which is very lovely and friendly - a great way to connect with other boarder babes from all over the world - and not nearly as scary to drop in to as a half pipe.


Cocolico website

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Talking of cool designs - this next website not only looks good, but everything in it looks good too. It features the designs of today and tomorrow that are kind to the environment, and there are some pretty wacky items on display.

Cocolico bills itself as a design magazine with an insane preference for crazy, smart ideas that will not spoil the environment!

Not perhaps the catchiest tagline in the world, but some of these designs really are crazy and smart, and I found it a fascinating read. Take the indoor composter that uses a wormery to turn your waste into nutrient-rich dirt, that doubles up as an attractive table while it works.

Or how about this very useful portable chair for park readers? Ideal to pack away in your rucksack, and just pop out when you fancy a rest.

The website is updated regularly with more features, so it is worth checking back.

Or you can use the RSS feed option to really keep up with the world of "crazy, smart" design.


Gamefaqs website

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Shooter, adventure, strategy, RPG (role-playing game). There are many different types of game to perplex and puzzle you - but where do you turn when you just cannot make the next level?

Gamefaqs is a good start. This website is well known amongst gaming fans as a place to go to find tips and advice about how to play their favourite games - especially when they are stuck.

It runs like a community, with users invited to submit their own FAQ (frequently asked question) files if they have helpful tips on solving puzzles or killing mobs, so you will find the content is continually evolving and changing.

Using the site is incredibly simple. Just type the name of the game into the search box on the opening page, choose the platform from the drop-down menu, and then click Go.

Clicking the link to the game on the next page brings you to a mini-homepage, then use the tabs across the top to review the FAQs, walkthroughs, cheats, secrets and reviews.


Written On The City website

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And finally, a quirky website to while away your spare time with It's Written On The City.

Ever passed a random piece of paper pinned to a lamp post, or some childish chalk-scrawl on the pavement, and wondered about the person who wrote it, and why they wrote it?

At Written On The City you will find dozens and dozens of examples of little motes and messages left on the street that people from all over the world have posted.

Start by clicking the text "someone is trying to tell you something". Now you can choose to browse by city using the links on the right, or you can just browse through all the images.

Once you have the thumbnails up, click one to load it full size. You will now have a full sized image and a thumbnail to the right, clicking the thumbnail loads the next image in full size and so you browse on.

Because this site is built by contributions from the public, the usual caveats about the possibility of unsuitable content apply.




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