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Last Updated: Friday, 12 January 2007, 18:04 GMT
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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.

Operabase website

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Are you a sucker for a soprano? Do you go bananas for a good baritone? Do you consider yourself an appreciator of a nice aria?

If opera is your thing then our first site today should be sweet music to your eyes.

Operabase.com is a database of all the operatic information you could hope for. On the opening page select your language - a nice touch for those not wanting to surf in English - and it is currently being translated into 20 languages!

As a database tool this website boasts the ability to search the details of over 35,000 opera performances since August 2005.

Search by either performance, artiste or company using the links in the left hand panel, then fill in the search criteria accordingly.

A nice touch when searching for names is the "sounds like" option, since you may have just heard the name mentioned on the radio and not caught it properly.


All Recipes website

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Next up is a suggestion that was sent in by Faydra Fisher - and knowing she uses this site, I am hoping for an invitation to dinner!

Allrecipes.com is actually a site we looked at about a year ago, but it is well worth another mention as it is one of those continually evolving websites that is worth bookmarking and returning to again and again.

With featured recipes and seasonal dishes displayed on the opening page, the design of this website is really welcoming, and very easy to navigate. You can search for a particular dish using the search box at the top, or browse through the collections using the "Popular" menu on the left.

All recipes are clearly explained with a picture to illustrate what the end product should look like before you tuck in.

One feature I really like is that you can choose to search by ingredient, either to be included, or not included. Just click ingredient search by the search box and then list the things you have in the cupboard, or do not like and do not want to use.


London lost and found website

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Next up, a great site I found for those of you looking for an alternative side to London.

Whether you are visiting, living in London, or just want to learn some of the quirky secrets of the city, Londonlostandfound.com is the place to go.

The idea of this website is to uncover the alternative side of London.

The pages list all sorts of hidden treasures such as free stuff to do, hidden museums, little known galleries and art instillations, and much more. The sections are listed across the top, making navigation a breeze.

From arts to unusual there is something for everyone, with links to buy tickets where appropriate.

Just have a browse and see what you unearth, a little like walking through the city itself.

My favourite section is under Unusual. Scroll down to unusual ideas and then click the link Lost in London - 50 secrets.

Here you can read about the Area 10 community art project or an Edwardian bookshop in Marylebone.

Fascinating, and I have lived here most of my life


XP forum website

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And finally, with the new Windows platform right around the corner you are going to need a place to go for support. Rather handily Beverly from Xpforum.info got in touch about a site that she helps run that should do the job nicely.

This site provides a free and friendly place to get advice about all those niggly little questions that need answering, and some of the bigger issues that have you simply pulling out your hair with frustration.

There is a comprehensive technical library and extensive FAQs about Windows XP - and there is even support offered for Microsoft's new Vista platform. It should be good advice too, since Beverly tells me that the Xpforum people have been part of the beta testing team for the platform.

Use the navigation panel on the left to jump to the various sections. It is a standard forum layout so finding your way round should be quite familiar. You will need to register if you want to post your own questions or offer advice to others.

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




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